Look Out, Swifties — Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Is Now Spotify’s Most Streamed Album by a Female Artist

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A live performance from Olivia Rodrigo, whose ‘Sour’ has the most Spotify streams of any album released by a female artist. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

Look out, Swifties – Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour has now racked up more Spotify streams than any other album released by a female artist.

Universal Music’s uDiscover Music just recently shed light on the commercial feat, which Rodrigo, currently performing in Europe in support of her second studio album, acknowledged during a concert. As described by uDiscover, Rodrigo’s debut effort, Sour, is now “the most streamed album by a female artist in Spotify history.”

Behind the accomplishment, the 11-track release has garnered an astonishing 12.32 billion Spotify streams, or an average of 1.12 billion plays per song. Within that sum, the 35-minute project’s “Drivers License” accounts for 2.16 billion streams, or approximately 18 percent of the total.

Three years have passed since Sour became available to fans, though we’re only about eight and a half months removed from the rollout of its follow-up, Guts. By way of comparison, however, the newer album’s 12 tracks have garnered 2.95 billion Spotify streams in total, with an average of 246 million streams apiece thanks in large part to “Vampire” and its almost 964 million plays.

Moving beyond the hard numbers behind the record, Rodrigo as initially mentioned addressed the milestone while performing in London.

“That album is just very near and dear to my heart,” the 21-year-old told her audience in part. “I made it in my bedroom and my producer’s garage, and I had no expectation of anyone other than my mom and my closest friends listening to it. But as it turns out, lots of people related to the feelings that I was talking about on that album.

“I found out the other day, which is pretty cool, that it is the most streamed album by a female artist on Spotify. And that is literally all because of you. I cannot thank you guys enough,” she continued.

Notwithstanding these remarks and the streaming record itself, the commercial ascent of Sour wasn’t without bumps in the road. Most notable on that front were the plagiarism accusations that accompanied the work’s rise; Paramore’s Hayley Williams and former bandmember Josh Farro were quietly added as songwriters on “Good 4 U” due to its purported similarity to “Misery Business” (2007).

More readily apparent was the possible overlap of elements in “Brutal” with components of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up” (1978). Costello didn’t threaten legal action or accept a credit on the popular Rodrigo song, acknowledging instead that one can in rock “take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy.”

When all was said and done, the initially noted Taylor Swift also scored songwriting credits (without spearheading litigation) on Sour, referring specifically to “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” and the mega-hit “Deja Vu.”