If you’re obsessed with “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo like us over here at CELEB Magazine, then we have some amazing news for you! Brace yourselves, people, because the singer just announced that she has a full album, called Sour, in the works, and we have all the exciting details for you.
So when can you expect to hear Rodrigo’s debut LP? Has she revealed the track list for it yet? What will her new music sound like? And will she spill any more tea about her ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett on the record? Not to worry, you guys, because we broke it all down for you. Here’s everything we know so far about Rodrigo’s upcoming album, Sour…
First Off, Who Is Olivia Rodrigo?
For those who don’t know, Rodrigo is most known for her role as Paige Olvera in the show Bizaardvark. When that ended in 2019, she went on to star in High School Musical: The Musical — The Series, where she not only acted in the show (she played Nini Salazar-Roberts) but she also wrote some of the songs for it! Then, in January 2021, she stepped onto the music scene when she dropped her first original song, “Drivers License.” The emotional ballad quickly swept the nation and broke a ton of records, including the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song and the biggest first-week for a song on Spotify and Amazon Music. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as one of the most dominant number-one hits in history, and made Rodrigo the youngest artist ever to debut atop the chart. The tune was certified double platinum, and it reached number one in so many countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Wow, talk about impressive! She then released her second single off of the album, called “Déjà Vu” on April 1, 2021. That one is also a bop, and we cannot stop listening to either of them.
When Will ‘Sour’ Come Out?
Mark your calendars, people, because Sour is set to hit stands on May 21, 2021! That means we’re only a few weeks away now, and we can hardly contain our excitement! Plus, fans can also expect a tour from the Disney star as soon as it’s safe. Yep, she wrote in a news letter to her supporters, “The last year has been brutal for all of us, but I’m so excited to share my debut album with you! I hope to see you soon… Touring is the number one thing I’m looking forward to once the world reopens.” Yes, please!
What Is The Track List For ‘Sour?’
Lucky for us, Rodrigo already gave us a sneak peak at the album cover and track list! It’ll have 11 songs on it, including “Drivers License” and “Déjà Vu.” Here’s the full list of songs:
3. Drivers License
4. One Step Forward, Three Steps Back
5. Déjà Vu
6. Good 4 U
7. Enough For You
9. Jealousy, Jealousy
10. Favorite Crime
11. Hope Ur OK
my debut album SOUR out may 21st ahhhh pic.twitter.com/JSBsUSgOwj— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia_Rodrigo) April 13, 2021
And according to the HSMTMTS star, she worked pretty hard on picking the track list.
“The track list is my favorite part, I worked very hard on it. I’m so over the moon about it,” she gushed during an Instagram Live. “I love it when people put out track lists, when my favorite artists put out the track list and not the music and I get to imagine what the songs are going to be like, that’s one of my favorite parts about an album cycle … I actually just finished [the album], like a week or two ago and I’m so so so excited for people to hear it.”
What Will The Songs Sound Like?
Well guys, don’t expect all of her songs to sound like “Drivers License” because Rodrigo revealed to Nylon Magazine that she wants her album to be very “versatile.”
“I want it to be super versatile. My dream is to have [the album] be an intersection between mainstream pop, folk music and alternative rock,” she explained to the outlet. “I love the songwriting and the lyricism and the melodies of folk music. I love the tonality of alt-rock. Obviously, I’m obsessed with pop and pop artists. So I’m going to try and take all of my sort of influences and inspirations and kind of make something that I like.”
She also admitted that the success of “Drivers License” made her nervous to release more music.
“I thought I was going to be like, ‘I’m never going to write anything as good as ‘Drivers License.’ Nobody’s going to like it.’ But seeing everyone’s responses to the song had made me more aware of why my songwriting is special and what it is about my songwriting that resonates with people,” she said. “I actually feel a lot more confident in my writing abilities since ‘Drivers License’ came out.”
What Happened Between Olivia Rodrigo And Joshua Bassett?
As fans know, it was no secret that “Drivers License” was about Rodrgio’s ex Bassett. For those who missed it, the two stars met on set of HSMTMTS, and back when they were filming the show in 2019, fans started to notice that they were hanging out a lot when the cameras stopped rolling. They posted a bunch of cute pics together on social media, and naturally, rumors started to spread that they had started dating. They never actually spoke out about the relationship while they were together, but fans started to speculate that they had split in the summer of 2020, when Rodrigo posted a video of herself listening to a song that they had written together for the show and wrote, “You think you can hurt my feelings? I wrote this song.”
“And that’s on failed relationships,” she captioned it.
Just a few weeks later, Bassett was spotted hanging out with Sabrina Carpenter (they were photographed getting lunch together), so it appeared that he had moved on. They were also spotted kissing during a Black Lives Matter protest a few weeks later, and in October 2020, they even more coordinated Halloween costumes. And when “Drivers License” came out, the lyrics were pretty shady. In the tune, Rodrigo sang about a “blonde girl” who was older than her, seemingly referring to Bassett’s new relationship with Carpenter (who is four years older than her).
“I got my driver’s license last week / Just like we always talked about / ‘Cause you were so excited for me / To finally drive up to your house / But today I drove through the suburbs / Crying ’cause you weren’t around,” the lyrics read. “And you’re probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She’s so much older than me / She’s everything I’m insecure about / Yeah, today I drove through the suburbs / ‘Cause how could I ever love someone else?”
She also referenced a song that the guy wrote for her, which is further proof that it’s about Bassett. For those who forgot, he wrote a few songs that were rumored to be about Rodrigo throughout their relationship, including his 2020 hit “Anyone Else.”
“And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one / And I just can’t imagine how you could be so OK now that I’m gone / Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me / ‘Cause you said forever now I drive alone past your street,” Rodrigo sings. “Red lights / Stop signs / I still see your face / In the white cars / Front yards / Can’t drive past the places / We used to go to / ‘Cause I still f**king love you, babe.”
To add fuel to the fire, during one part of the music video for “Drivers License,” a clip of someone grabbing Rodrigo’s face quickly flashes across the screen, and many people are convinced that it’s Bassett’s hand. Oh, and did we mention that he owns a white car?!
And the drama didn’t end there. Carpenter seemed to respond with a song of her own, called “Skin,” which is all about someone who likes the same guy as her.
“Maybe we could’ve been friends / If I met you in another life / Maybe then we could pretend / There’s no gravity in the words we write / Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe blonde was the only rhyme / The only rhyme,” the lyrics read. “Want my heart to be breaking, breaking, no / I’m happy and you hate it, hate it, oh / And I’m not asking you to let it go / But you been telling your side / So I’ll be telling mine, oh / You can try / To get under my, under my, under my skin / While he’s on mine / Yeah, all on my, all on my all, on my skin / I wish you knew that even you / Can’t get under my skin / If I don’t let you in.”
It appeared that Rodrigo’s song “Déjà Vu” was also about the situation, since it’s all about seeing your ex with a new girl. In the track, Rodrigo sings, “So when you gonna tell her / That we did that too? / She thinks it’s special / But it’s all reused / That was our place, I found it first / I made the jokes you tell to her when she’s with you / Do you get déjà vu when she’s with you?”
“I’m sort of obsessed with the concept of déjà vu,” she told Zane Lowe during an Apple Music interview, when asked what inspired the hit. “Like I really love that concept, I get déjà vu all the time. And so I thought it would be a cool play on words to use déjà vu as a metaphor for this very universal thing that happens when you break up with someone and they get with somebody else, and see them living the life that you lived … yeah, it’s just a super universal thing that I think happens to everyone that we just don’t really talk about a ton.”
Will There Be Any More Songs About Joshua Bassett On The Album?
So naturally, fans are wondering — will there be more songs about Bassett on the upcoming record? Well, Rodrigo revealed that she wants to continue to be “vulnerable” with her fans through her music, so we can probably expect a lot of the new songs to be about him!
“I’m a big over-sharer in all aspects of my life. But I think the best songs are songs like that,” the pop star admitted. “So that’s just kind of something you have to grapple with being a songwriter; people are going to see the most intense, intimate moments of my life, but that’s what makes it beautiful.”
We can’t wait to hear it. Ugh, can it be May 21 already?!