Until recently, Olivia Rodrigo was known as the star of Disney shows Bizaardvark and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Now, she’s kicking off 2021 with a No. 1 hit. Her debut single, “driver’s license,” broke Spotify records for most daily global streams of a non-holiday song twice last week, and it rocketed directly to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
Billboardundefined reports that the song earned 76.1 million on-demand streams in its first week of availability, the highest one-week total since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” last August. It’s the biggest debut streaming week for a single in history. It also earned 38,000 digital downloads and an impressive number of radio streams, setting it up for an easy ascent to No. 1.
At just 17 (and born in 2003), Rodrigo is the most recently born artist to top the Hot 100 chart, taking the title from Jawsh 685 (born in 2002).
A combination of factors fueled her song’s surprising rise to the top. Speculation that the lyrics address a rumored former relationship with her HSM co-star Joshua Bassett sparked a surge of interest. She also scored a major co-sign from Taylor Swift, and the song quickly picked up popularity on TikTok. She’s now one of the first artists ever to debut a song at No. 1 without a well-established music career.
“driver’s license” is the first single from Rodrigo’s upcoming EP.