Olivia Rodrigo Hits the Top with “Drivers License”
17-year old artist Olivia Rodrigo debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her single “Drivers License”. Furthermore, this song boasts the most-streams and sales for the week. Released on January 8th, “Drivers License” the track reaches the top after its first week of being released. Most noteworthy, Olivia first gained notoriety on Disney Channel in 2016. After that she received more publicity featuring in High School Musical: The Series in 2019. It is especially relevant that her previous success has aided her drive to the top. Additionally, the song has performed well on TikTok and also got the approval of superstar Taylor Swift.
What makes Olivia’s success even better is that the song is performing well on the Hot 100. This chart blends all-genres of music among streaming in the United States. It accounts for official audio and video, sales, and radio airplay data. Furthermore, “Drivers License” is the 48th single to have its debut hit the top and also the first of its kind in 2021. The track is released via Geffen and Interscope Records. Diving into the numbers we can see that the song received 76.1 million U.S. streams in its first week. Additionally, Olivia Rodrigo sold a massive 38,000 downloads for the week. In addition to sales and streams the song scored 8.1 million radio airplay audience impressions. These are great numbers for any artist, let alone a debut single. All numbers are tracked and reported by Nielsen Music and MRC Data.
Also, to be noted, the 76.1 million streams in the first week marks a new high for a female artist’s first single. However, it is not Olivia’s first time on the chart. In January 2020 she debuted at number 90 with “All I Want” from the High School Musical series. The song stayed on the chart for 2 weeks. “Drivers License” is off of the soon to be released debut EP.
With this kind of buzz and music industry co-signs it seems that Olivia Rodrigo will be an artist to watch. Keep your eyes on the charts moving forward in 2021 to watch her career grow.