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Olivia Rodrigo is Closing a Chapter with the Release of Her Upcoming Film

Olivia Rodrigo is “closing a chapter” with the release of her upcoming film, and looking at the days that led her to stardom through the rearview mirror.

Ahead of the release of her Disney+ film titled Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film), the Grammy-nominated singer spoke to PEOPLE about how her life has changed since it took a turn following the release of her debut single.


Olivia Rodrigo Names Her Favourite Lyrics off 'SOUR'

Ahead of the release of her new film “Driving Home 2 U (A SOUR Film)”, which drops this Friday on Disney+, we chatted with pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo about her favourite lyrics of her debut album “SOUR”! The star reflects back on her smash hit “Driver’s License” and what fans can expect from the new film.


Olivia Rodrigo on her upcoming tour and SOUR film

Olivia Rodrigo discusses her upcoming tour and recounting the creation of the album through “Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u.”


Olivia Rodrigo's driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

At the start of her new documentary film, Olivia Rodrigo asks: “How would I describe this chapter of my life?” We then get a snapshot of the whirlwind she has been living in for the past 14 months: Rodrigo shrieking in excitement as her epic breakup anthem ‘Drivers License’ plays on the radio, her being interviewed by The New York Times, magazine covers and a picture of her with the President of the United States; music videos, awards ceremonies and photoshoots.

Said chapter of Rodrigo’s life has seen the 19-year-old level up from Disney Channel star to Grammy-nominated household name; ‘Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film)’ unpicks this swift rise to fame. The film follows Rodrigo on a road trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, mirroring the way her debut album ‘Sour’ was written between the two cities. Along the way we’re taken behind the scenes on the making of ‘Sour’ with never-seen-before studio footage and brought further into Rodrigo’s musical world with revamped live performances.

Early on we’re introduced to ‘Sour’ producer Dan Nigro, who rides shotgun throughout, with much of the film showing the duo creating the album in the studio. It’s an intriguing insight into the process, as they work through new songs and wrangle the album into shape, giving further context to the songs that have soared up the charts around the world.

These moments are intercut with new interviews in which Rodrigo dissects what it was like navigating this chapter in her life. It’s at time earnest: “There’s nothing that connects people and there’s nothing that’s like a truer window into the human emotion than music,” she says of the songwriting process. And yet, this honesty is coupled with refreshing self-awareness, as Rodrigo reveals: “You want people to look at you for your talent and skill, and you’re also, you know, 18 and I want people to think I’m pretty and cool and funny or whatever.” Later she’s joined by English musician Jacob Collier; as they sit on the hood of a car in a desert, she confides: “I’m terrified that since I’m not going to be devastated for the rest of my life, I’m no longer going to be able to make a good album.”

The film is gorgeously shot, with stunning drone footage showing off the road trip scenery, and carefully curated locations for each of the performances. ‘Deja Vu’ is performed at a highway diner, ‘Happier’ in a half-empty house surrounded by boxes, and ‘Enough or You’ in a forest. The songs undergo musical makeovers, too: ‘Jealousy, Jealousy’, performed in an underpass, is transformed into a pit-opening pop-punk anthem, while ‘Good 4 U’ gets a cinematic string accompaniment that is a highlight of the film.

‘Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film)’ is an honest look under the hood of ‘Sour’, as well as the past year of Rodrigo’s life. Peel away the astonishing cinematography and megawatt live performances, and it’s a frank account of the artist’s rapid ascension, as she navigates the scrutiny that comes with being a young woman in the public eye. If this is chapter one of Rodrigo’s story, it’ll be fascinating to see what comes next.


jealousy, jealousy from OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

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In the upcoming Disney Plus film “Driving Home 2 U,” Olivia Rodrigo takes a road trip through the desert while looking in the rearview mirror at her Grammy-nominated debut album “Sour,” which released nearly one year ago.

Driving a vintage sky blue Ford Bronco, Rodrigo travels from Salt Lake City, Utah — where she filmed her breakout part on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” — to Malibu, Calif., stopping along the way to deliver artfully constructed and rearranged performances of 11 tracks from the triple-platinum certified album. Standouts include a fast-paced, distorted “Jealousy, Jealousy” performed under a highway overpass and a haunting orchestral rendition of hit “Good 4 U.”

With the rearrangements, Rodrigo wanted to introduce a “brand new concept” for each track to keep her supporters satisfied. “I really wanted to make this film for my fans, and especially my fans who maybe couldn’t come to my tour this go around,” Rodrigo tells Variety.

Rodrigo’s all-women band — consisting of Heather Baker (guitar), Hayley Brownell (drums), Arianna Powell (guitar), Moa Munoz (bass guitar, keyboards) and Camila Mora (keyboards) — are spotlighted in the film, as well as special guest performers Blu DeTiger and Towa Bird, who add high-voltage guitar and bass to “Brutal.” Rodrigo found both DeTiger and Bird on TikTok, and knew they’d fit right in with the rest of her band during the performance, which takes place in an airplane hangar.

“There’s just something so special about girls rocking out together, and that’s an all-girl band,” Rodrigo says. “It’s just so empowering to me, I love women in rock and I feel like we don’t really see as much of it as we should in the media today.”

The film also gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the album’s recording process with producer and co-writer Dan Nigro through new footage of their sessions, as well as a peek into her emotional state as she skyrocketed from Disney starlet to international pop star. For Rodrigo, as she prepares to embark on a sold-out tour and writes new music, taking a look back at the journey of making “Sour” reminded her of the magic behind her craft.

“Obviously, the songs from ‘Sour’ completely have taken on a whole new meaning and they kind of have a life of their own now, which I think is just a natural thing that happens when you put out music,” Rodrigo says. “But it was really cool to go back and revisit the songs when they were just seeds of an idea, and they hadn’t become what they are today. [It] just kind of reminded me about the magic that songwriting is.”

But with the clips of her and Nigro working, fans get to see that it wasn’t always happy times in the recording booth. During one particularly vulnerable moment while writing “Enough for You,” Rodrigo tells Nigro: “I’m so sad about it. I don’t know. It’s just like every other song I have on the record, just different words.” Though they eventually work through it, Rodrigo felt it important to include the moment in the film as it was part of the “Sour” process.

“I had so many doubts and insecurities, and I think it would be doing the process a disservice if I didn’t showcase that, because that was definitely a big part of my mindset at the time,” she says.

As for her first-ever tour — which begins in San Francisco on April 2 — Rodrigo says she’s most looking forward to finally seeing “how the music affects people in real-time.” Meanwhile, she’s been busy with rehearsals and going to extremes to make sure her voice is in tip-top shape.

“Yesterday, I actually ran on the treadmill and sang my songs, because sometimes when you’re running on stage you get really winded. I did such a bad job running on the treadmill, it was so hard,” she laughs. “I feel so sorry for my friend that had to listen to me while I did that because I sounded terrible.”

Rodrigo’s staying mum on when new music can be expected, though there is an unreleased demo featured in the film. However, she says the song will stay in the vault.

“I was just looking at a bunch of my old voice memos when we were making the film, and I found that one and I was like, ‘Oh that’s really good!’” Rodrigo says. “It never came out so I thought, let’s just put it as a voice memo in the film and maybe it’s something that people will like. But I don’t actually think it will ever come out, which I think is kinda cool. It’s a little treat at the end of the movie.”

“Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U” premieres on Disney Plus March 25.

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Olivia Rodrigo Appears on Good Morning America

Olivia Rodrigo talks new movie, driving home 2 u. The seven-time Grammy nominee is also about to hit the road on a new world tour.


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Today, Disney+ officially confirmed that driving home 2 u (a SOUR film) will be released on March 25, 2022! Mark your calendars, and view the official Tweet below.


The Recording Academy has announced the first slate of artists to perform at this year’s show: Taking the stage on Music’s proverbial Biggest Night will be current nominees Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, and Olivia Rodrigo.

Taking place live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Brothers Osborne received two Grammy nominations this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Younger Me”) and Best Country Album (“Skeletons”).

Current nominees BTS are up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Butter”).

Six-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile is nominated for Record of the Year (“Right On Time”), two nods for Song of the Year (“Right on Time” and “A Beautiful Noise,” with Alicia Keys), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Right On Time”), and Best American Roots Performance (“Same Devil”).

Seven-time Grammy winner and current nominee Billie Eilish received seven nominations this year, Record of the Year (“Happier Than Ever”), Album of the Year (“Happier Than Ever”), Song of the Year (“Happier Than Ever”), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Happier Than Ever”), Best Pop Vocal Album (“Happier Than Ever”), Best Music Video (“Happier Than Ever”), and Best Music Film (“Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles”).

Two-time Grammy winner and current nominee Lil Nas X is nominated for Record of the Year (“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”), Album of the Year (Montero), Song of the Year (“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”), Best Melodic Rap Performance (“Industry Baby”), and Best Music Video (“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”). Previous nominee Jack Harlow has two nominations this year for his work on “Montero,” in the categories of Best Melodic Rap Performance and Album of the Year.

First time nominee Olivia Rodrigo is up for seven Grammy Awards, Record of the Year (“Drivers License”), Album of the Year (“Sour”), Song of the Year (“Drivers License”), Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance (“Drivers License”), Best Pop Vocal Album (“Sour”), and Best Music Video (“Good 4 U”).

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Raj Kapoor serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Ben Winston and Jesse Collins as executive producers, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay as co-executive producer. Hamish Hamilton returns as director, and Eric Cook as supervising producer with Tabitha D’umo, Patrick Menton, Fatima Robinson, and David Wild as producers.

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The biggest new artist of 2021 on her upcoming film, first-ever tour, and recording new music

Olivia Rodrigo’s past year has been nothing short of triumphant. Beginning with the smash success of her debut single drivers license, she’s become one of the most interesting and evocative new stars in pop music, not to mention the biggest. Her album Sour, released last May, built on the emotional promise of drivers license, but injected it with surprisingly punk-y energy, like on hit single good 4 u and opening track brutal. The album hit number one, went platinum, and netted the 19-year-old seven Grammy nominations.

There was just one issue: Thanks to the pandemic, Rodrigo barely got to perform live for her fans. Now, she’s solving that problem in two ways. Her first ever tour starts next month, the headlining Sour trek. But before that, she’s partnered with Disney+ for the film Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film), which will be released on the streaming platform March 25. Structured like a road trip between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, the special features live performances of Sour tracks, intimate interviews about the songs, and behind-the-scenes footage shot during recording sessions with producer Dan Nigro.

“For a year, I filmed a show in Salt Lake City,” she says, referring to the Disney series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. “So I started writing there and ended writing and producing [the album] in L.A.” She re-created the trip between the cities late last year for the film, stopping in spots like the Mojave Airplane Boneyard and the Red Rock Canyon State Park. “You get to see the beautiful scenic drive.”

Going back and watching the footage of herself recording Sour with Nigro was its own kind of journey. The pair installed a GoPro in the L.A. studio where they worked soon after “Drivers License” was released. They were still very much finishing up the album, and the camera captures them picking apart arrangements, lyrics, and song order as it gets down to the wire.
“When you put out an album or put out singles, they take on an entirely different meaning. I think that’s the beautiful part about music,” she explains. “It was really interesting to go back and watch footage of when the songs are kind of beginning to form. I think there’s magic to that creative process, and they’re really fond memories in my life.”

Many of the live performances in the film are made even more special by the all-girl band Rodrigo has assembled. Together they perform even more rock-focused arrangements of the songs, upping the grunge-y kick of tracks like brutal and jealous, jealousy. Most of the band should be joining the singer on her upcoming tour, which starts just days after the film is released. “I think it’s so cool to watch women in rock, and I feel like there’s probably not enough of that shown in the media,” she adds.

That tour will be Rodrigo’s first ever. Back when she appeared on Rolling Stone’s cover alongside Alanis Morissette, she asked the icon about what it’s like to be on the road. Now, it’s finally happening, and Rodrigo is both a little nervous and very excited. “It’s a brand-new experience for me that I’ve never really had a test of, so it’s going to be really fun,” she says. “I put out my music in the isolation of COVID, so I’ve gotten to play very, very little shows. I’m excited to see my fans in real life. There’s something so special about that that can’t be captured by social media and technology.”

When she thinks of concert experiences she’s had that she wants to emulate for her fans, Lorde’s Melodrama tour comes to mind. “I was 14, and it was so incredible and so artful,” she reminisces. “I remember walking out of the Staples Center and being like, ‘I want to make a show and a piece of art that transports you.’ That was the gold standard for me.”

For Rodrigo, the film provides two important elements to the impending end of her Sour “era.” For friends and fans who can’t make the tour, they can still at least get a taste of what the songs will sound like on tour. driving home 2 u is also a victory lap for her debut album. She even added a previously unreleased song to the end credits, a scrapped and still-in-progress iPhone demo that currently doesn’t have a name. “I was listening to some of them and heard it and thought, ‘Oh, it’s kind of good!’ With the film, I wanted people to have a new bit of Sour content with it.”

As for the next chapter, she’s already been back in the studio working on her second LP, trying to get as much done as possible before hitting the road. “It felt like a closing chapter for me,” she adds. “I’m so, so excited to put out new music and to create the next set of worlds.”

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