Named artist of the year by “Time” in 2021, Olivia Rodrigo, a young pop rock singer, has been shaking up the world music scene since her beginnings by winning listening records from the biggest. All, with only one album to his credit… until this Friday.
The release of “Guts”, the singer’s second opus, did not go unnoticed, as it was so anticipated. Speculation on her new single “Vampire”, Tiktok star and feminist commitments, “l’Obs” reveals five things to know about Olivia Rodrigo.
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1 – Disney + TikTok
Clearly, Disney Channel is full of precocious talent. After Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, the firm focused, in 2016, on pre-teen Olivia Rodrigo. Three years later, she landed the leading role in “High School Musical: The Musical Series”, one of the first original productions on Disney +, which revealed her talent as a singer. But it is above all the social network Tiktok which allowed him to propel himself to the forefront, or rather directly to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 ranking, from his first single. Internet users have in fact used an extract from his song “Drivers License” to make “transitions”, here going from a close-up of a face in tears to tilting on a bed, makeup and evening wear.
2 – Serial records
She released her first single in January 2021, titled “Drivers License”. The single reached 15 million global plays on Spotify on January 11, before reaching more than 17 million the next day, making it the most streamed song in 24 hours in the platform’s history.
Shortly before the release of his first studio album “Sour”, his single “Good 4 U” debuted directly at first place on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for the most streamed song in a week, held by… “Drivers License », his own hit. But Olivia Rodrigo isn’t just breaking records. Rewarded in April 2022 with a Grammy Award for her solo performance of the song, the young singer let one of her three trophies of the evening fall to the ground, in front of the photographers, splitting it in two. Like an impression of “Deja Vu”: his idol Taylor Swift, twelve years earlier, had also dropped one of her awards, at the same ceremony.
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3 – Taylor Swift fan
The young artist has admired Taylor Swift since she was five years old. In her eyes, she is even “ the best composer of all time “.
“It was very inspiring for me to see someone take control of their career and their life like that. »
After being congratulated by her childhood idol on the success of her debut album “Sour”, Olivia finally met him at the Brit Awards, where they posed together for Instagram. But the tabloids are having fun spreading the rumor of an amicable breakup, arguing that the young woman’s new song “Vampire” would be inspired by Taylor.
4 – Yes to “Barbie”, no to “The Idol”
Olivia Rodrigo saw the film “Barbie” as a wake-up call. ” It’s been so long since I’ve seen a film that focused on a woman, that wasn’t sexual or about her pain or trauma. “, she told the “Guardian”. The young star admits, however, to having no desire to watch “The Idol”. The series follows the story of Jocelyn, a rising American pop star, who after a nervous breakdown tries to regain her title as America’s sexiest idol. After a frankly frosty reception, the rest of the series never saw the light of day, with critics particularly denouncing the gratuitous hypersexualization of Lily-Rose Depp, in the role of the heroine.
5 – Feminist
The singer of “Bad idea, right? » fights for women’s rights alongside the Geena Davis Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gender equality in media. She is the face of the 2018 “She can STEM” campaign, which encourages girls to engage in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In February 2021, it will donate all profits made from its sales to the association. She’s The Firstwhose goal is to ensure that girls around the world are educated, respected and heard.
“Fuck You” sang Olivia Rodrigo in front of the Supreme Court, taking up Lily Allen’s song, alongside her, to denounce the repeal of the Roe v Wade ruling, which guaranteed the right to abortion. ” I am devastated and terrified. So many women and so many girls will die because of thisRodrigo told thousands of festival-goers in June 2022. This song is addressed to the judges (…)she says, listing the names of the five conservative judges of the court, We hate you! »