Former Disney star, Olivia Rodrigo, is off to a great start this year. Her new “Drivers License” hit debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Tuesday.
It follows a record-breaking first week across streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music. Spotify said that three days after the release, “Drivers License” hit the most streams in a day for a non-holiday song. It broke its own record a day after.
“We definitely had no idea how big it was going to be,” said Jeremy Erlich, the VP of music at Spotify. “It just ballooned into this monster, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. And I think unlike anything anyone’s seen before.”
Olivia originally entered the entertainment scene with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark in 2016 and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in 2019.
Speculation about the song’s meaning and origin which posed a potential heartbreak with former “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series” co-star Joshua Bassett, a strong TikTok presence, and a Taylor Swift co-sign gave the song a big boost.
She sings, “And I just can’t imagine / How you could be so okay now that I’m gone / Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me / ‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street.”
The song reached No. 1 in 48 countries on Apple Music, 31 countries on Spotify and 14 countries on YouTube, Rodrigo’s label said. It also sold 38,000 downloads in the United States, the most for the week, and earned 8.1 million radio airplay audience impressions, Billboard reported.
Stream the Dan Nigro-produced heartbreak hit song below.
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