A yr in the past, the identify Olivia Rodrigo barely registered within the music enterprise. Again then, she was a teenage Disney actress who had reasonable success contributing to the soundtrack of her present “Excessive Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence.”
What a distinction a yr makes — and even simply 5 months, since her music “Drivers License” exploded in January.
Rodrigo, 18, is now a pop famous person with two No. 1 singles and a blockbuster No. 1 album — a social-media phenomenon following within the footsteps of her idol Taylor Swift, who performs at major awards shows and speaks confidently about her lineage as a songwriter. The Grammy buzz is brewing. (She’s already taking part in the celebrity-swag-box game.)
Rodrigo’s debut album, “Bitter,” opens on the high of the newest Billboard chart with the equal of 295,000 gross sales in the USA, the largest opening up to now this yr, in response to MRC Knowledge, Billboard’s monitoring arm. That complete contains 301 million streams, the second-best streaming quantity for any album this yr, behind J. Cole’s “The Off-Season,” which topped final week’s chart. “Bitter” can also be No. 1 in Britain, Canada, Eire, Australia and elsewhere all over the world, in response to Rodrigo’s label, Geffen.
In an period when new albums are sometimes full of content material to maximise their streaming yield, Rodrigo’s and Cole’s albums are uncommon: “Bitter” has simply 11 tracks, and “The Off-Season” 12. By comparability, Morgan Wallen’s nation blockbuster “Harmful: The Double Album” has 30 songs in its normal version, and it opened with 240 million clicks in January.
Among the many different chart factoids for “Bitter”: Rodrigo is just the second artist named Olivia to attain a No. 1 album within the six-decade historical past of the Billboard 200, after two within the Nineteen Seventies by Olivia Newton-John — “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” (1974) and “Have You By no means Been Mellow” (1975).
Cole’s “The Off-Season” falls to No. 2 in its second week out, whereas “Scaled and Icy,” the brand new album by the alt-pop duo Twenty One Pilots, opens at No. 3 with the equal of 75,000 gross sales, together with 33 million streams. Wallen’s “Harmful,” nonetheless a gentle hit after 20 weeks, holds at No. 4, and the Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo is in fifth place with “A Gangsta’s Ache.”