Olivia Isabel Rodrigo is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

Rodrigo has achieved two Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, one Billboard 200 number-one album, and five multi-Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition to other recognitions, she has won an American Music Award, seven Billboard Music Awards and four MTV Video Music AwardsTime named her the 2021 Entertainer of the Year and Billboard named her Woman of the Year in 2022.

On April 1, 2021, Rodrigo released her follow-up single, “Deja Vu“, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first artist to debut their first two releases in the top 10 of the Hot 100. The third single preceding her debut album, “Good 4 U“, followed on May 14, 2021, and became her second single to debut at number one on the Hot 100. Her debut studio album Sour was released on May 21, 2021, to critical acclaim.

Charlie Gunn of The Forty-Five called it “the greatest coming-of-age album since early Taylor Swift or Lorde“.Slate‘s Chris Molanphy said its first three singles alone established Rodrigo’s “early status as Gen-Z‘s most versatile new artist”.According to Clash critic Robin Murray, Rodrigo is regarded as one of Generation Z’s finest artists, while Variety dubbed her “the Voice of her Generation” in its cover story of Rodrigo. Sour debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and spent a total of five weeks at the spot, becoming the longest-reigning number-one album by a female artist in 2021.

In June 2021, Rodrigo premiered Sour Prom, a prom-themed concert film on YouTube. On December 6, 2021, Rodrigo announced a world tour, including tour stops in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Three days later, she was named Entertainer of the Year by Time. In an Instagram post on December 24, 2021, Rodrigo uploaded a snippet of a Christmas song called “The Bels” that she wrote and recorded at age five. According to Billboard, Rodrigo closed 2021 as the best-selling singles artist worldwide, placing eight songs on the year-end Global 200 chart, including “Drivers License” at number four, “Good 4 U” at number nine, and “Deja Vu” at number 27.

In the US and UK, Sour was respectively the third and fourth best-selling album of 2021. Sour and “Drivers License” were also respectively Spotify‘s most streamed album and song globally. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) ranked Rodrigo as the tenth best-selling artist of 2021 and Sour as the second best-selling album of 2021. On February 17, 2022, Rodrigo announced and released the trailer of her Disney+ documentary film Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U, which was released on March 25, 2022.

Rodrigo received seven nominations at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New ArtistAlbum of the Year for Sour.


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