Olivia Rodrigo
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Olivia Rodrigo Is This Decade’s Taylor Swift: Here’s Why

Eighteen-year-old superstar Olivia Rodrigo has taken the world by storm this year with her debut album, Sour. The album currently ranks as the number one selling album in the world and has three songs in the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song ‘deja vu’ sits at 21, ‘drivers license’ sits at 24, and her hit single ‘good 4 u’ currently holds the number one spot on the charts.

Additionally, Rodrigo’s music video to ‘good 4 u’ has more than 56 million views on YouTube in just one week. To add to her incredible accolades, Rodrigo has become the first female artist to ever have two debut singles hold the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The former Disney actress has become a global icon for her music at such a young age. Rodrigo has made the transition from actress to musician incredibly smoothly and has received endless praise as a result.

Rodrigo has already performed on the popular weekend shows, Saturday Night Live and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Also, Rodrigo has found herself to be the talk of the celebrity world. From Kim Kardashian to Joe Jonas, everyone is infatuated with Rodrigo and the wildly successful start to her music career. The record-breaking success of Rodrigo in 2021 is parallel to one other female pop star, Taylor Swift. Like Swift, Rodrigo’s songs center around the theme of the fights and flights of teenage romance. Directed towards a young audience, the music of both female artists is relatable and heartwarming.

Like Rodrigo, Swift has had many number one singles, seven to be exact. Her first came in 2010 with the song ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ Additionally, she was named Billboard’s woman of the year in 2014, an award that looks to have Rodrigo’s name on it this year. Taylor Swift was a huge inspiration to Rodrigo, and Swift is even credited on the album. So, it’s no surprise that the two have very similar styles and should have similar career paths.

After a record-setting first album, Rodrigo could very well become one of the most influential and successful artists of the 2020s. At the end of 2019, Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Decade. While it is very early, Olivia Rodrigo certainly has the potential and talent to become this decade’s recipient. Their pop styles are very similar, and their impact on pop culture may become even more similar. Olivia Rodrigo is a star, and she could end up as successful as Taylor Swift in the coming years.

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