In case you’ve been living under a rock for the Cardinals 139th Anniversary 1882 – 2021 Signatures Thank You For The Memories Shirt Apart from…,I will love this past two weeks, here’s a quick recap. On January 8, Rodrigo released her debut single, the featherlight, emotionally devastating piano ballad “Drivers License.” Three days later, it broke Spotify’s record for most streams in a single day for a non-holiday song (15.17 million) before reaching 100 million streams—the fastest song in the platform’s history to do so. Meanwhile, it went straight to number one on both the U.K. and U.S. charts and had the biggest opening week of sales since Zayn Malik’s Pillowtalk in 2016, a feat unheard of for a new artist with no chart history. “Oh, my gosh” is the best way 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo can sum up her life right now. Last month, she was starring in the Disney+ High School Musical TV spin-off—fast-forward a few weeks, and the California native is literally the biggest pop star on the planet, breaking global records on an almost daily basis.
For Rodrigo, who is currently filming season two of her TV show in snowy Utah, it’s all a bit of a blur. “It’s quite strange because my entire life has changed in a week and also nothing has changed at all,” she laughs. “Every day I’m in my house, doing my homework, but people who I’ve looked up to since I was 10 are reaching out and saying they love my music. It’s a strange sort of paradox.” The song’s success feels like the Cardinals 139th Anniversary 1882 – 2021 Signatures Thank You For The Memories Shirt Apart from…,I will love this perfect storm of timing (pent-up emotional bloodletting), subject (the moment a teenager gets a hint of freedom after passing their driving test), famous fans (Taylor Swift congratulated Rodrigo via Instagram), and internet gossip (rumor has it that the song is about her ex-boyfriend and costar Joshua Bassett, who has just released a single himself called “Lie Lie Lie”). At the core of it all, however, is a disarmingly honest pop song that feels like the first step in a long career.