Every time I hear Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U,” it’s 2015 and I’m back on my bedroom floor, crying over the boy who chose a skinny blonde over awkward, chubby me. And every time that cathartic experience ends, I thank God for Rodrigo.
I, like millions of young women, have been looking for a new breakup-song extraordinaire since Taylor Swift left us for boring tempos and ambiguous storylines. Actress and singer-songwriter 18-year-old Rodrigo could be exactly what we’ve been looking for, but now that she’s skyrocketed to fame, I’m worried her authentic brand won’t last long.
Best known for her role as Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney Plus series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Rodrigo wrote and published her first song “All I Want” for the show in 2019. The song was an immediate hit and in January, Rodrigo did it again with her debut single “Drivers License:”
And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one
And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone
Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me
‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street
I know I can’t be the only girl who’s driven wistfully past an ex’s house. This song speaks to my soul. The hit single blew up on social media, immediately set streaming records on Spotify, was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart less than two weeks after its release, and even got its own “Saturday Night Live” sketch.
Rodrigo has been Billboard’s number one artist on the Top 10 list for the third week in a row. She’s received more than 2.5 billion streams on Spotify and is the first artist to chart three songs in the Top 10 all from a first LP.
While she doesn’t have a spectacular voice or a unique range, the numbers prove it: Rodrigo has a unique ability to tap into teenage and young-adult angst and emotion. She’s struck a chord with girls who can relate to familiar feelings of
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