Olivia Rodrigo is breaking records with her debut single, “Driver’s License.”
The 17-year-old Filipino-American’s song, which was released on Jan. 8, now holds the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week, after gaining 65.8 million streams during the week ending on Jan. 14. The track has now officially surpassed 100 million streams on streaming platform making it the “fastest song in the platform’s history to hit this milestone,” according to PopCrave.
And that’s not all — “Driver’s License” holds the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday tune, has broken the record for “the biggest first week streaming debut ever globally” on Amazon Music, and has the record of being the most requested song ever in one day on Alexa globally. It also reached #1 on the US iTunes Chart, making the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star the “first artist to simultaneously rank #1 on the US iTunes and US Apple Music singles charts this year,” according to Chart Data. Rolling Stone is already calling the song an early contender for “Song of the Year.”
The ballad, which perfectly encapsulates teenage heartbreak, was penned by Rodrigo during quarantine, according to Billboard.
“When I came up with ‘Drivers License,’ I was going through a heartbreak that was so confusing to me, so multifaceted,” Rodrigo said in a statement about the song. “Putting all those feelings into a song made everything seem so much simpler and clearer — and at the end of the day, I think that’s really the whole purpose of songwriting. There’s nothing like sitting at the piano in my bedroom and writing a really sad song. It’s truly my favourite thing in the world.”