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The rise of social media and the supremacy of the Internet has provided countless opportunities for go-getters to rise through the ranks in their respective industries. With barriers to entry broken down by the strategic utilization of digital marketing and other tools designed to increase visibility, people from all walks of life can now get the chance to reach the forefront. Even among artists, especially those who have struggled to get their names established, it has now become possible to build a following of millions of people and capture the interest of the general public. For Olivia Rodrigo, while much of the heights she has managed to reach could be credited to her arsenal of talents and drive, it is undeniable that the Internet helped her make an impact and take the music scene by storm. Today, this global sensation continues to break records and is on track to reign the pop scene in the years to come.
Born on February 20, 2003, Olivia Rodrigo is an American actress and singer best known for her roles as Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical” and Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark.” The California native, who signed with Interscope Records and Geffen Records has always followed the road toward the highly competitive entertainment industry since she was young, singing at age four and eventually venturing into acting based on the recommendation of her vocal coach.
Adept at multiple instruments, Olivia Rodrigo began writing songs when she was twelve and from the get-go, the widely acclaimed personality demonstrated the potential to once day dominate the music industry, an expectation that was not unfounded if one considers the way she has made a home at the top of the charts after the release of the hit single “Drivers License.”
Released on January 8, “Drivers License” is an emotive ballad that serves as an ode to the dissolution of a relationship. It exploded across numerous social media platforms and secured coveted spots on countless charts, breaking Spotify’s record for most streams in a single day for a non-holiday track and reaching 100 million streams in the shortest amount of time in the platform’s history. Additionally, the smash-hit occupied the number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, a feat that is not easily achievable.
For months, “Drivers Licence” could be heard being blasted everywhere, with TikTok users utilizing the sound in their videos and individuals who have had their fair share of heartbreak listening to it all the time. Through this piece, Olivia Rodrigo showcased not only her vocal prowess but also her ability to connect with listeners worldwide.
The emerging powerhouse, who has been on the receiving end of support from household names like Taylor Swift, is set to release her debut album, “Sour,” on May 21. This highly anticipated project is bound to propel Olivia Rodrigo further toward the limelight and allow her to cement her name in history.
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