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Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo

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birthday
20th
February, 2003
Birth Place
Temecula, California, U.S.
Birth Sign
pisces
Biography

Olivia Isabel Rodrigo, born on February 20, 2003, is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Murrieta, California. She’s been making waves throughout 2021 with her relatable, catchy pop music, and we’ve got all the facts about her right here.

instruments played
Vocals
Genres

Pop

Labels

Geffen Interscope

Occupation

Actress singer songwriter

Years Active

2015 present

Name

Olivia Rodrigo

Facts About Olivia’s Music and Acting

  • She’s best known for her debut single “Drivers License,” which topped countless charts and made Olivia a household name.
  • Sour, her debut album, was released in May 2021 and became a massive success. 
  • The song “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back,” the fourth track on Sour, was one of the most well-received songs on the album, drawing comparisons to Regina Spektor.
  • Growing up, Olivia was a huge fan of country music, especially Country-pop star Taylor Swift, who she cites as one of her biggest influences.
  • In 2019, Olivia was cast in the role of Nini Salazar-Roberts in the Disney series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
  • Prior to her time on High School Musical, she was a member of the cast of another Disney series, Bizaardvark.
  • Hoping to pursue a career in acting and music, Olivia moved from Temecula, California, to Los Angeles when she was a young teenager.
  • In June 2021, Olivia put out Sour Prom, a concert film that served as a “promposal” from Rodrigo to her millions of fans.
  • Her music’s main themes are heartbreak, mental health, coming of age, and dealing with a broad spectrum of emotions. 
  • For her debut album, Olivia worked alongside Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift as songwriters, as well as producer Dan Nigro. Nigro has previously worked with the likes of Conan Gray, Lewis Capaldi, Lo Moon, Zella Day, and more.

Olivia’s Cultural Impact 

After the massive success of “Drivers License” and Sour, Olivia was labeled the voice of a whole generation of young people. At just 18 years old, she came out with a song that was thought to be the most creative thing on the radio in years, sending her to the top of the charts and making her a star. Since her breakthrough, Olivia has continued to be an active, positive presence on social media. She tries to connect with her young fans using an encouraging Instagram story or a picture from her life. These proactive steps to be down-to-earth and build relationships with her fans have gotten a positive response from fans and critics alike.

Olivia’s Sound

With the help of producer Dan Nigro, Olivia created a sound that is all her own. She has cited Kacey Musgraves, Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, St. Vincent, and other female heroes in the music industry as her biggest influences, but her sound is still unique.  The main elements in Olivia’s music come from the genres of pop, indie, rock, and alternative. Thanks to her pioneering sonic pioneering and vulnerable songwriting, she was described by music journalist Laura Snapes as a “flag bearer for a new wave of songwriters who incline towards power ballads that are emotional as ever, but project that emotion inward, trading bombast for hush.”

The “Good 4 You” and “Misery Business” Debacle

Olivia Rodrigo has quickly become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. However, her rise to stardom hasn’t come without bumps in the road. One obstacle she’s faced was the response from some critics in the social media sphere, who have compared the guitar riff and melody from “Good 4 You” to “Misery Business” by Paramore. It’s no secret that Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro are receiving royalties from the song. Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5, showed compassion when he weighed in on the situation, saying, "These are tricky things and anyone who's ever written a song knows that you rip something off inadvertently, and it makes it to tape, and then it's released and then there's a lawsuit.” He went on to say, “It's a natural thing for it to happen, and sometimes it gets ugly and sometimes it's warranted that people take legal action."  Ultimately, Adam Levine stuck up for Rodrigo, saying, “Sometimes it’s not warranted that people take legal action,” he added. “And I think there’s definitely become more of a gray area that’s reared its ugly head these days.” Another artist who showed some understanding to Olivia was Elvis Costello, who said, ‘"It's how rock & roll works," he wrote. "You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy." Ultimately, the general consensus among fans and critics is that different musical ideas often sound the same. As a newer artist, Olivia’s emulation of older hits isn’t surprising, but it is one of the most tricky things about being a musician – you’ll often be accused of stealing someone else’s idea. Some have compared the situation to the debacle between Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams, and Marvin Gaye, the latter of whom sued the former after the release of “Blurred Lines.” In addition to the criticism for the similarities between “Good 4 U” and “Misery Business,” Olivia also drew fire from Courtney Love of Hole after Rodrigo modeled a photo after a Hole album cover.

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