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Olivia Rodrigo, whose ‘Drivers License’ single and ‘Sour’ album have made her the breakout music star of 2021, has signed with Sony Music Publishing, the company announced on Wednesday (August 4). It is her first publishing deal.

While she was already well-known for her role as Nini on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Rodrigo’s career quickly lofted into the stratosphere with the release of her ubiquitous song “Drivers License” in January and her debut album, “Sour,” in May. The album is the biggest debut of 2021 to date, and broke the record for the most-streamed album in a week by a female artist in Spotify history.

In addition to becoming RIAA Certified Gold in its first week, all 11 tracks from the album have landed in the top 30 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making Rodrigo the first female artist, and the fourth act overall, to simultaneously chart 11 or more songs in the top 30. The 18-year-old musician’s album also spawned a second hit so far, with “Good 4 U,” which also reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Oliva Rodrigo said, “There’s nothing I love more than songwriting; it’s my favorite thing in the world, and I’m excited to be working with the team at Sony Music Publishing.”

Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Jon Platt said, “Olivia is a once-in-a-generation talent with the heart of a true songwriter – there is no limit to what she can accomplish. Along with the entire Sony Music Publishing team, we look forward to supporting Olivia’s incredible artistry and creating the best opportunities for her songs as she begins this exciting new chapter.”

Sony Music Publishing Director, A&R Thomas Krottinger said, “It has been a great privilege to work with Olivia over the last year – she constantly pushes her creative boundaries, allowing her to craft genuine, emotive songs that transcend genres and bring people together. We are honored to partner with Olivia and her incredible team, and we are beyond excited to champion her as she continues inspiring the world!”

Sony Music Publishing SVP, Creative Jennifer Knoepfle said, “What strikes me most about Olivia is her incredible storytelling ability. Every song on SOUR spins a narrative that is both unique to her and relatable to so many. She has a gift with words, and we are so lucky to support her from the beginning of what will surely be a long and fruitful career.”


On this episode of Actually Me, Olivia Rodrigo goes undercover on the Internet and responds to real comments from YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Quora, Wikipedia and Reddit. Which song from her “Sour” album best represents her? How did she get her drivers license if she doesn’t know how to parallel park? How would Olivia classify her personal aesthetic? Did she really show up to fans’ homes to give them merch?

GQ Magazine conducted one of Olivia’s first in–person interviews, and it’s quite the read! Check out the entire article sourced from their August 4 website posting below!

134 photos of Olivia’s role in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series have been added to the gallery!

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The gallery has been updated with HD captures from the music videos for drivers license, deja vu and good 4 u. You can check out the thumbnails and links below.

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The gallery has been updated with 42 photos of Olivia attending the White House’s press briefing on COVID19 vaccination for young people, complete with her being vaccinated as well! Click the thumbnails below to view the album.

We all know that Olivia Rodrigo is headed for a big night at the 64th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31, 2022. She is an overwhelming favorite to win as best new artist and is the clear front-runner to win record and song of the year for her widely admired smash “drivers license.”

That song spent eight consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped Billboard’s list of the 50 Best Songs of 2021 So Far: Staff Picks, where Rania Aniftos called Rodrigo “pop’s most captivating new storyteller” and noted: “With just one song, Rodrigo proved herself as a compelling vocalist and a songwriter well beyond her years.”

Rodrigo is also likely to be nominated for album of the year for her debut, Sour. The album is currently in its fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That’s one of the three longest stays in the top spot of any album released in this eligibility period (Sept. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021). The others are Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album (10 weeks) and Taylor Swift’s Evermore (also four weeks). Sour also made history as the first debut album to contain two songs that entered the Hot 100 at No. 1 — “drivers license” and “good 4 u.”

Sour was included on Billboard’s unranked list of the 50 Best Albums of 2021 So Far: Staff Picks. Writing about the album, Josh Glickman was impressed by Rodrigo’s songwriting. (She wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on the album.) He observed: “From its starkest lyrics of insecurity to its most biting one-liners, her songwriting prowess is on full display throughout.”

Sour has a solid 83 rating at Metacritic.com, the review aggregation site.

Rodrigo is also likely to benefit from the Grammys’ long history of favoring young, female singer/songwriter breakout stars in the top categories. This dates back to Bobbie Gentry, who wrote and recorded the haunting 1967 smash “Ode to Billie Joe.” Gentry, 23 at the time, was the first artist to be nominated in each of the Big Four categories in the same year.

Other young female singer/songwriters – Tracy Chapman, Mariah Carey, India.Arie, Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish – have since matched that feat. Other young women who have scored big at the Grammys over the years (even though that particular feat eluded them) include Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill, Swift, Norah Jones and Lorde. Rodrigo has been compared to several of these winning artists for her music and artistry.

With all this going for it, Sour could win album of the year. That would make Rodrigo just the third artist in Grammy history – following Christopher Cross and Eilish – to sweep the Big Four awards in one night. Even if she loses album of the year and winds up with “just” three of the Big Four awards, she’ll still be in very good company.

SOURCE: Billboard

Actress and musician Olivia Rodrigo talked about the importance of vaccinations for young people at the White House briefing on July 14.

Olivia Rodrigo is the world’s hottest pop star, from her Billboard 200 No. 1 album Sour to her No. 1s “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U” to her insane week in June when all 11 of her album tracks hit the Billboard Hot 100 — but she’s unable to take the next step in her music career and sing those songs live. The 18-year-old remains the star of the Disney+ hit High School Musical: The Musical: The Series for at least two years, and TV commitments prevent her from touring, industry sources tell Billboard.

“By the time she’s able to tour, I don’t know what the relevance is going to be,” says Brock Jones, a longtime promoter in Nashville and Philadelphia, comparing Rodrigo to the period in Elvis Presley’s career when his manager, Col. Tom Parker, pushed him to star in films rather than participating in tours. “What is marketable today could be an afterthought in a week.”

Promoters are holding spring 2022 dates in 3,000-to-5,000-seat venues for Rodrigo, concert-industry sources say, to give Rodrigo experience before she graduates to bigger venues. A source close to Rodrigo says she plans to play the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in late September, which would be her third major live performance, after “Drivers License” at the Brit Awards and two songs on Saturday Night Live, both in May.

Reps for Disney and Rodrigo’s record label, Geffen, declined to comment, and her manager, Kristen Smith, didn’t respond to an interview request.

“You’ve got to build and take the right steps before you shoot for the moon,” says Louis Messina, owner of Messina Touring Group, promoter for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and other superstars.

“It’s hard to win over 18,000 fans if you’re not ready for it. You’ve got to put in the groundwork. Yeah, she could go out and do an arena tour. But arena and stadium tours are always going to be available to you if you’ve got the goods.”

Rodrigo is an unusual type of pop star, as she became famous as a recording artist (and before that, a TV star) long before performing gigs. Cardi B was in a similar position when she first played festival dates and other shows in 2018, having become famous on Vine, Instagram and VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York before signing with Atlantic Records and putting out a Grammy-winning debut album. Cardi B has been able to overcome her inexperience, touring arenas in 2019, but some in the concert business are skeptical that Rodrigo can do the same.

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“She’ll blow out tickets when she starts touring, but her career ultimately will be short-lived — it’s not her, it’s the way the industry is now, and the nature of streaming success and how things can or cannot be maintained,” says David T. Viecelli, agent for Pavement, Wire, the Mekons and others. “If she’s selling out arenas 10 years from now, I’ll be really surprised.”

But others say Rodrigo’s album Sour suggests long-term success, both in sales and touring. “Given the numbers, I imagine the appetite will be huge,” says Tom Windish, an agent for Wasserman Music. Randy Phillips, the former AEG Live CEO who manages boy band Why Don’t We, adds that tickets for an early-2022 Rodrigo tour could go on sale this fall, and Sour will still be hot at that point. “I think she’s fine, honestly,” he says. “The marketing stuff happens not when a show plays, it’s when a show goes on sale. If it’s true she has this commitment to Disney, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.”

Messina, whose promotion company is an AEG Live partner, sees Taylor Swift-like potential in Rodrigo. “I guarantee you, if I get a phone call tomorrow, I’d be on a plane. I’m sure she will be doing shows. She’s got plenty of time,” he says. “Do I think she’s a star? Yeah.”

SOURCE: Billboard