Tracking Olivia Rodrigo’s Debut Music Triumphs Through 2021 – Forbes

Tracking Olivia Rodrigo’s Debut Music Triumphs Through 2021 – Forbes


Here’s a timeline of Olivia Rodrigo’s massive breakthrough year, beginning in January with her unsuspecting single “drivers license” and ending as a Grammy nominee and one of the year’s best-selling artists. 

Olivia Rodrigo accepts award for Song Of The Year onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at … [+] Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Key Facts

January 8: Rodrigo, 18, drops her heartbreaking ballad “drivers license,” and on January 11 it broke the record for the most streamed non-holiday song in a day on Spotify—a record it broke again on January 12—and during the week ending January 14 it broke the streaming service’s record for most streamed song in a seven-day span.

January 23: The week ending January 23, “drivers license” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks songs streams, airplay and purchases, where it reigned for eight consecutive weeks. 

April 1: Rodrigo drops her second single “deja vu”,” which debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately rises to number 3.

May 14: Rodrigo’s third single, “good 4 u,” debuts at No. 1.

May 21: Her album Sour is officially released, and in its debut week all 11 tracks chart in the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, with seven in the top 15, as the album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200,, where it spent five weeks total (Adele’s 30 and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy also spent five weeks each at No. 1, and Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spent 10). 

November 23: Rodrigo receives seven Grammy nominations, including Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.

December 1: Spotify announced Sour was the most-streamed album of the year and “drivers license” the most-streamed song. 

December 2: Billboard announced Rodrigo was the No. 1 Top New Artist of the year based on sales, streams and airplay of her work; she also tops the publications end-of-year charts for Hot 100 Artists, Hot 100 Songwriters and Billboard Global 200 Artists.

December 10: Tickets for the “Sour” tour went on sale and sold out in hours.

Key Background

Rodrigo got her start on Disney Channel, starring on the program Bizaardvark from 2016 to 2019. In 2019 she got the lead on Disney+ original show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, where she got to display her musical talents. Rodrigo is widely rumored to have dated her co-star Joshua Bassett, who plays her character’s romantic interest on the show—it’s speculated that Sour is written about her breakup with him. Despite speculation that Rodrigo’s musical success would lead to her departure from the show, she said she will be returning for the show’s third season, which starts filming next month. She performed at both the MTV Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards. In July, she visited the White House and met with Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden as part of …….