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The seven-time Grammy nominee released her debut album Sour in April.

Olivia Rodrigo is ready for whatever’s coming next.

Though the pop superstar, 19, is still enjoying the success of her debut album Sour, she already has album No. 2 in the works, she confirmed in a new interview.

“I have a title for my next album and a few songs,” she told Billboard. “It’s really exciting to think about the next world that’s coming up for me. I just love writing songs. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. [I want to] just sort of explore and have fun right now.”

Rodrigo — who will be honored as Woman of the Year at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards on March 2 — also explained that despite its success, Sour will not be receiving any sort of deluxe releases or bonus tracks, as she’s happy to have the songs exist on their own.

“I chose not to do any bonus tracks or special editions because Sour just felt like such a distinct era in my life, and I felt like I wanted to give the songs and album time to breathe,” she said. “And yeah, I’m excited to create a new era of my music. I really like the way the album existed as a body of work.”

The Grammy-nominated singer is currently gearing up to go on tour starting in March, and will be making stops in smaller amphitheaters and concert halls across the U.S. and Europe through July.

“I think it’s important not to skip steps in my career,” she explained of eschewing larger arena locations. “And also, I’m just really excited to play these more intimate venues and get to know my fans on a deeper, more personal level.”

Rodrigo kicked off 2021 with the release of her debut single “Drivers License” in January, which topped the charts for eight consecutive weeks, and became the year’s first track to surpass 1 billion global streams.

The star released Sour in April, and with over 385 million streams, it broke Spotify’s record for most-streamed album in a week by a female artist. She’s up for seven Grammy Awards at this year’s ceremony.

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With the biggest hit of early 2021, the singer-songwriter was just getting started.

When Olivia Rodrigo scored the first big hit of 2021 with the heartbreak ballad drivers license – which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent eight weeks on top, a nearly unheard-of level of achievement for an official debut single – it seemed fairly likely that it would end up towering over the rest of her breakthrough year.

By the time her rookie season came to a close, however, drivers license was firmly in her rear view. With the scorching post-breakup missive good 4 u, Rodrigo scored a second Hot 100 No. 1 that proved just as culturally pervasive, with a shout-along chorus, searing guitars and pulse-racing drum fills that proved the pop-punk revival percolating just below the mainstream had officially emerged aboveground. And the album both tracks were on, the rapturously received and Billboard 200-topping Sour, became one of the year’s biggest full-length sets, earning an album of the year nod for this year’s Grammy Awards — one of seven awards Rodrigo is up for in April. Merely a year into her solo career, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t a one- or even a two-hit wonder; she’s simply Olivia Rodrigo.

“When people from all walks of life and all over the world really connect with an album and artist this powerfully, you don’t stand in the way,” says John Janick, chairman/CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), whose Geffen label announced Rodrigo’s signing three days before the release of “drivers license” in January 2021. “You do what feels right and what is authentic to the artist and project. You also think long term.”

In the short term, that means preparing for her Sour tour – Rodrigo’s first time hitting the road – which begins in April and will take her across America and Europe through early July. But while Rodrigo’s early blockbuster success would undoubtedly allow her to fill arenas, she’s instead visiting mostly smaller amphitheaters and concert halls. “I think it’s important not to skip steps in my career,” she says of the underplay strategy. “And also, I’m just really excited to play these more intimate venues and get to know my fans on a deeper, more personal level.”

At the same time, Billboard’s Woman of the Year will also get reacquainted with herself, as she lays the groundwork for her next album — and she’ll do it with a significant new addition to her team. Rodrigo recently signed with Aleen Keshishian and Zack Morgenroth of Lighthouse Media + Management, joining a roster that includes Selena Gomez and a slew of A-list actors. (She parted ways with longtime manager Kristen Smith of Camp Far West in January; Rodrigo declined to comment on the change.)

“Olivia is a once-in-a-generation singer-songwriter,” says Keshishian. “We were blown away by her preternatural intelligence, work ethic, sensitivity and vision. It has been so impressive getting to know her and seeing firsthand how grounded and down to earth she is, as well as how much gratitude she has. Not only is she collaborative, but she is respectful and appreciative of her collaborators. For an artist to be able to take suggestions and synthesize them, while still making sure their vision is implemented, is an extremely unique quality and something at which Olivia excels.”

It’ll be a different process this time around for Rodrigo than when she was a high-schooler better known as a Disney TV star than as a singer-songwriter. But she has already reunited with a familiar face in Sour co-writer/producer Dan Nigro, and she says their work on that album’s follow-up is underway — and they even have a title already.


drivers license single cover

Jodie Comer, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Tesssa Thompson, Jennifer Hudson and Ruth Negga are among the stars who feature in the video.

Most of the celebrities interpret the song as a story of teen angst, while others like Comer showcase their impressive vocal skills as they belt out the lyrics.

The video comes ahead of the 2022 Oscars, which takes place on Sunday, March 27.


In honor of “spicy Pisces” Olivia Rodrigo, we match up her songs to the 12 signs of the zodiac.

It all ends with Pisces. As the last and oldest sign in the zodiac, the water sign is an amalgamation of all the lessons learned before it. To be a Pisces is to be empathic, compassionate, a little bit of a freak, and operating on a completely different frequency. Pisces feels it all, all the time; it’s not easy being the conduit for the universe’s poetry! But on the bright side, this translates into one seriously divine gift: profound and touching songwriting about love, loss, and longing. Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain, Rihanna, and Grimes have long held down the fish representation in music, and in 2021 the floodgates opened and threw a new voice into the mix – Olivia Rodrigo.

The teenage singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed “spicy Pisces” made her impact on music and culture at large not with a trickle, but with a straight up deluge. (In true water sign manner!) Her breakout hit “drivers license,” with its crisp, earnest adolescent longing dominated the charts and became a cross-generational hit. And then came SOUR, Rodrigo’s debut record that catapulted her from a momentary Disney starlet to a global sensation. As a songwriter, Rodrigo’s knack for distilling the emotional highs and lows of crushing hard and getting subsequently dropped on your ass is as Piscean as it gets. And in honor of her water sign impact, find out which Rodrigo song represents your zodiac sign, below.


Olivia Rodrigo will flaunt her driver’s license in her upcoming Disney+ movie Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film) as she takes fans on a road trip from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her debut album, to Los Angeles.

Along the way, Rodrigo will tell the stories behind “Sour, and discuss how it feels to be a woman navigating pop stardom in her teens. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage in and out of the recording studio, the film will debut exclusively on Disney Plus on March 25.

The movie will also feature 11 songs from the triple-platinum album performed with new arrangements in unique locations, from Roy’s Motel & Café to Red Rock Canyon State Park. Special guests Jacob Collier, Blu DeTiger and Towa Bird will also make appearances.

“This is a unique film experience where for the first-time fans will understand how her album came to be and why it was such a personal journey for Olivia,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, in a statement. “This is not a concert film per se, but really, an opportunity to experience first-hand how Olivia Rodrigo became one of the biggest music stars of the day — and a chance to see her perform the songs from ‘Sour’ like never before.”

“‘Driving Home 2 U’ is such a unique and fresh approach to a music film, and that’s just what we’ve come to expect from Olivia,” added John Janick, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M and Interscope Films. “It’s an authentic look into her creative process, her incredible drive and who she is as an artist and person. We’re so proud to have co-produced this film with Supper Club and are thrilled that it has found a home on Disney Plus.”

Rodrigo, who was recognized as Variety‘s Hitmakers Songwriter of the Year, opened up about her brutally honest songwriting in December.

“I always write songs when I’m in the thick of whatever emotion I’m feeling,” the 18-year-old told Variety. “It’s like my therapy.”

From Disney Branded Television, “Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U” is directed by Stacey Lee and produced by Interscope Films and Supper Club.

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OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) is streaming March 25 exclusively on Disney+.


Olivia Rodrigo has won the award for Best International Song at this year’s BRIT Awards for ‘Good 4 U’. In a packed category, they took the prize ahead of:

ATB / Topic / A7S – Your Love (9PM)
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)
Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More
Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls
Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
Jonasu – Black Magic
Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil TJ & 6lack – Calling My Phone
Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave
Polo G – Rapstar
Tiesto – The Business
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

The track, taken from her debut album ‘Sour’, was credited as being inspired by ‘Misery Business’ by Paramore and hit the top of the UK singles chart back in June 2021.    Olivia will hit the road for a UK and Ireland tour later this year, supported by Dork favourite and former cover star Baby Queen.

JUNE
29 Cork, Ireland – Live At The Marquee
30 Dublin, Ireland – Fairview Park

JULY
02 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
03 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
04 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
06 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
07 London, UK – Eventim Apollo

This year’s BRIT Awards ceremony takes place at London’s O2 Arena, with performances from the likes of Adele, Liam Gallagher, Little Simz, Holly Humberstone and Sam Fender.

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Olivia Rodrigo wins International Song of the Year

This year’s International Song of the Year Award goes to Olivia Rodrigo, presented by Courtney Cox and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid.


Stepping into a DMV when you’re about to take your first driver’s test, while nerve wracking, is something of a milestone. And Olivia Rodrigo has been hitting milestones with frequency this year: her first album SOUR debuted at the top of the charts in May after the success of three previously released singles, most notably the viral “drivers license” (hence the DMV locale and its “interesting vibes.”) Her pop stardom may seem sudden, but Rodrigo has been entranced by music and songwriting for the majority of her 18 years, as if she’s been observing the right moves from the backseat of the car until it was time for her to get behind the wheel.

Rodrigo and her band take on the Tiny Desk mentality as they experiment with arrangements throughout this performance, embracing new sounds for her songs. The set begins with an acoustic version of the pop-punk-ish single “good 4 u,” and a similar setup continues with the addition of an echoey, electric guitar in “traitor.” “drivers license” features only Rodrigo and her keyboard, a shift from the recorded version well-known for Dan Nigro’s production and the ever-present beeping of a car door sensor. “deja vu” starts softly with just an acoustic guitar until the chorus ramps up to a full band after she exclaims, “Do you get deja vu, huh?”

SOUR tells the story of a first heartbreak, one that inspires an intense anguish most accessible when you’re a teenager. That open wound, empty-chest feeling of a breakup, especially when you’re as young as Rodrigo, is difficult to shake. The album allowed listeners to bask in Rodrigo’s heartache as if it were their own, but as she dances around an empty DMV and laughs along to a song about betrayal, she proves that time heals all wounds.

SET LIST
“good 4 u”
“traitor”
“drivers license”
“deja vu”

MUSICIANS
Olivia Rodrigo – vocals, guitar, keys
Heather Baker – guitars
Hayley Brownell – drums, guitars
Arianna Powell – guitars
Moa Munoz – bass, guitar