“Drivers license” singer Olivia Rodrigo released her much-awaited debut album Sour on Friday, May 21, capturing all the raw angst of young love and growing up in 11 alt-pop tracks.
The album was co-written by Olivia, with each track anchored on her narrative voice and knack for capturing heartaches so clearly.
“There’s nothing like sitting at the piano in my bedroom and writing a really sad song,” she said. “It’s truly my favorite thing in the world. It’s so inspiring to see my music affect people and maybe help them to feel less alone too.”
“I’m also fascinated by the idea of a relationship going sour – how a person you loved so much and told all your secrets to can become the person you can’t stand,” Olivia said, explaining the album’s title. “For me, the goal of all music is to take these complicated feelings and externalize them in a way that makes people feel seen.”
Olivia rose to fame in January, with her debut single “drivers license” premiering at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and holding the spot for eight consecutive weeks. The song also became the first in 2021 to hit one billion total global streams.
Since then she has released two more songs: “deja vu” and “good 4 u,” which both appear on the album.
Listen to Sour here: