Olivia Rodrigo Releases Debut Song “Drivers License”

Olivia Rodrigo Releases Debut Song

Adamari Jaimez

Seventeen-year-old song-writer, Olivia Rodrigo, broke the record for most single-day streams on her song Driver’s License released on Friday January 8, 2021.

Her debut single surpassed Ariana Grande’s “Thank u, next” as the highest single-day streams for a female artist in US Spotify history, after being streamed over 21 million times over the first couple days after the release.

Rodrigo starred on Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series where she was rumored to be dating on screen boyfriend, Joshua Bassett.

Theories have been made of the song’s background story ,which has spread throughout social media platforms such as TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram, to what may be a Gen-Z version of a love triangle amongst Disney stars.

The lyrics of Rodrigo’s song displays her grief over an ex that has moved on. She is heartbroken and claims she still loves the person rumored to be Bassett.

In a social media video from LeBlanc Updates on YouTube, Rodrigo talks about her time practicing driving in Bassett’s car before she got her license.

“And so, he took me in his car, and we drove around the In-N-Out parking lot, and that was my first time driving,” said Rodrigo.

Bassett wrote a song for Rodrigo on an Instagram live in which he tells her that he can’t wait for his happily ever after and publicized his feelings for her. Rodrigo commented on the live “STOP” in a way which seemed that she knew he was talking about her, leading fans to believe they wrote songs about each other.

“Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me, ‘cause you said forever now I drive alone past your street.”

In an earlier version of Rodrigo’s song, she posted on Instagram in July 2020, the lyrics reference a “brunette girl”, but fans speculated that the change alludes to Sabrina Carpenter.

Carpenter is 21 years old, four years older than Rodrigo, which is referenced in her lyric “she’s so much older than me, she’s everything I’m insecure about,”.

Fans think the change happened when Rodrigo found out about Bassett and Carpenter spending more time together.

Carpenter and Bassett were spotted at a BLM protest where a fan claimed that they kissed on a snapchat post. They were later spotted out for lunch to what seemed to be a date and wore matching costumes (Shark Boy and Lava Girl).

This 2021 love triangle is not yet confirmed by Rodrigo, Bassett, or Carpenter.