At the end of the first month of 2021, there is already a real pop phenomenon this year that comes out of nowhere: Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License”, which exceeded the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and has become one of the days Most of the songs streamed every day in recent years.
Rodrigo is a star on the Disney + series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” and “Drivers License” is their debut single, released outside the context of the show itself. It’s a shrewd legacy from Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Alessia Cara, among others. The song has also become a vector for gossip about young celebrities – it was followed by new songs from Rodrigo’s co-star and rumored ex Joshua Bassett and an older Disney star he’s been linked to, Sabrina Carpenter.
On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about the long arc of the Disney pop machine, how young women turn inward in pop, and how long it really takes for someone to experience a sudden burst of success.