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‘I’ve got a couple heartbreaks left in me,’ says Olivia Rodrigo in an interview.

She attained the kind of instant success that isn’t supposed to be achievable in today’s divided music industry with only one song.

Drivers License, which will be published in January 2021, smashed Spotify records in less than 24 hours. It then broke them again. Seven days later, it topped the charts in both the UK and the US.

Even her record label was taken aback.

“I think we’d all be lying if we said we knew the extent of what was coming,” admits Polydor president Ben Mortimer.

Drivers License was not a one-time occurrence. Sour, Rodrigo’s debut album, ignited a pop-punk revival, spawned four additional chart singles, and received three Grammy Awards.

The singer was invited to the White House as part of a vaccination campaign, and she used her Glastonbury debut to protest the repeal of Roe v Wade, which revoked the legal right to abortion in the United States.

In the midst of it all, she returned to record her final episodes of the Disney series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and she embarked on her first tour, gingerly touring smaller venues because, previous to the 2021 Brit Awards, she had never performed any of her own songs in front of an audience.

“Looking back, I’m like, God, what a crazy trajectory,” the singer, now 20, says when we meet in August in London.

“It was obviously ludicrous and insane. I’d been creating songs and working my entire life, yet it felt almost instantaneous.

“And it wasn’t until recently that I realized how drastically my life had changed in a matter of months.”

As a self-described introvert, she moved away from the spotlight when the Sour tour wound up in July of last year.


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