Who’s Olivia Rodrigo, the Rising Star Behind the Viral Hit “Driver’s License”

Olivia Rodrigo. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (9126553cd)

Zayn, Doja Cat, and Saweetie are some of the artists who dropped new singles last week, yet Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” seems to be the only song everyone’s talking about. What’s the story behind this viral hit and why does the artist behind it look so familiar?

“Driver’s License” is Rodrigo’s debut single, but that doesn’t mean she’s a complete newcomer. The 17-year-old singer is actually another Disney star trying to pave her own path, and she previously appeared in Bizaardvark and High School Musical: The Series.

This brings us back to “Driver’s License”—the viral hit that made it to no. 1 on Apple Music, got Taylor Swift’s seal of approval, and was compared to songs from Lorde’s Melodrama. Add in a visually pleasing music video to the mix, and you’ve got a hit on your hands—and one that presents the feeling of having your heart broken in a moving and relatable way.

“When I came up with ‘Driver’s License,’ I was going through a heartbreak that was so confusing to me, so multifaceted. Putting all those feelings into a song made everything seem so much simpler and clearer,” said Rodrigo in a statement about her breakout song.