As the primary month of 2021 involves a detailed, the yr already has a real up-from-relatively-nowhere pop phenomenon: Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks and turn into one of many day-by-day most streamed songs of the final couple of years.
Rodrigo is a star of the Disney+ sequence “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” and “Drivers License” is her debut single launched on her personal, exterior of the context of the present. It’s a canny heir of Taylor Swift, Lorde and Alessia Cara, amongst others. The tune additionally has turn into a vector for young-celeb gossip — it was adopted by new songs by 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 dialog concerning the lengthy arc of the Disney pop machine, how younger ladies in pop are turning inward, and the way lengthy it actually takes for somebody to expertise a sudden eruption of success.