Star On The Rise: Olivia Rodrigo

Star On The Rise: Olivia Rodrigo

Watch out, kids. There’s a new star on the block, and she’s the next big thing. We’re talking about the one and only Olivia Rodrigo, of course. If you’re still not sure who we’re referring to then perhaps you haven’t been listening to the radio these past few months, or you’re living under a rock. Miss Rodrigo released her hit single Drivers License back in January 2021 and it’s been one rollercoaster of a ride for the singer ever since.

However, this isn’t the world’s first glimpse at the young singer and actress. She made her acting debut in An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success in 2016 and then went on to star as Paige Olvera in the hit Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. The actress then went on to prove that she is a girl of many talents when she was cast as Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, stunning everyone with her angelic singing voice.

It is then no surprise that the young singer went on to achieve great heights. Rodrigo signed with Interscope Records and Geffen Records back in 2020 and on January 8, 2021, she released her debut single, Drivers License. The hit broke Spotify’s record for most daily streams ever and landed at number one on Billboard Hot 100. Olivia commented on the crazy experience, “It’s been the absolute craziest week of my life … My entire life just, like, shifted in an instant.” Check out the music video of Driver’s Licence here:


Her follow-up single, titled Deja Vu, performed just as well if not better, and struck a chord with fans everywhere. Fast forward to this week and Olivia has officially released her first debut album titled Sour. The release has caught attention globally. Olivia is only 17 and is already being compared to the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde. She has stated that they are her idols and musical inspirations, describing herself as “the biggest Swift fan in the whole world”.

Stream her new album, Sour, out on all platforms, and let us know what you think.

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Star On The Rise: Olivia Rodrigo

Stanzi Malan

Social Editor

Stanzi Malan is a young actress, presenter and writer who is passionate about the performing arts. After completing her Honors degree in Dramatic Arts at the University of Pretoria in 2020, she went on to work in the film and entertainment industry. When she’s not on stage or on set, she’s creating videos for her Youtube channel or creating content for her Instagram page. She loves being both in front of and behind the camera. She has many exciting projects coming soon, such as presenting an episode of Skole Top 10 on KyknetNou and many more!

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