“Drivers’ License” will be the lead single for Rodrigo’s upcoming debut track, which is due out later this year.
To celebrate the release of the Love Song, Billboard has collected five things you need to know about the booming star.
It’s the next-generation Wildcat
Which team? Before turning to solo, the 17-year-old actress took a big break by starring in the Disney + original series. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. In a continuation of the successful trilogy, Rodrigo plays Nene Salazar-Roberts, a musical theater student who was portrayed as Gabriela Montez – the role Vanessa Hudgens created in the movies – in East High’s first-ever fictional theater production for High School Musical. (The series’ second season is currently filming.)
It got its start on the Disney Channel
Rodrigo is now famously part of High School Musical Universe, however, was her first major television role Bizardfark, Another Disney Channel original series that ran from 2016 to 2019. For three seasons, the teen star played Paige Olvera, a guitarist who makes viral videos with her boyfriend’s BFF, along with co-stars Madison Hu and Jake Paul.
She’s got Taylor Swift’s seal of approval
Following the issuance of the “driver’s license”, nothing else Taylor Swift They showed their support for the song, and proudly commented on Rodrigo’s post about seeing her song down the superstar’s pair. forever Bonus Paths – “Right Where You Left Me” and “It’s Time to Go” – on the iTunes chart.
However, this wasn’t the first time Tay had shown some love for Rodrigo on social media. Back in April 2020, the young star has covered A lover-era is a fan favorite of MTV’s “Cruel Summer” Alone Together Jam Session, and Swift praised the performance on Instagram Stories. I wrote “the talent”. “Love this !!! Thanks for that lovely performance @ olivia.rodrigo.”
Naturally, Rodrygo was a little more excited about shouting from her idol, and she shared her euphoric response to her Instagram feed. “Taylor Swift is the reason I write songs and she posted me on her story and told me I was talented ??? When Ashton Kutcher jumps out of Bush with a camera crew !!!! ???! ??!” She wrote, also declaring, “I’m going to go to frame shot Screen this and hang it over my CRIB. “
She changed an important detail in the “driver’s license”.
While her first song is clearly about the break-up, Rodrygo has not publicly confirmed whether the track took inspiration from the end of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Co-starring with Joshua Bassett. (The couple reportedly split up at some point in 2020, and since then has been seen more than a few times with Sabrina Carpenter.) However, many fans have noticed a certain change in song lyrics from a previous leaked version of “Driver’s License” that made them theorize the track is targeting Bassett.
A fan tweeted: “Olivia changed the words from“ With that brown girl ”to“ That blonde girl. ”When I tell you that I screamed the girl screamed the Queen of Truth,“ Another Twitter user announced, “I’m not even a fan of Olivia Rodrigo but her new song is Joshua’s basket. Or whatever your name is, how dare you hurt her that way. “
It’s worth noting, however, that Basset liked Rodrigo’s Instagram post revealing the song’s release date and cover art.
I already wrote Hot 100 Hit
The “driver’s license” might have been primed to lead Rodrigo’s music career to another path, but it did indeed Billboard Hot 100 Hit before song was released thanks High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. For the show’s soundtrack, the star wrote a piano-based song called All I Want, which her character performs in the fourth episode of Season 1. Thanks to the song’s poor lyrics and popularity with fans, the track eventually bent at number 90 on the Hot 100 and took gold after the soundtrack was released in January 2020.