Good 4 u, Olivia Rodrigo! With a successful debut album under her belt, first-ever headlining tour on the way and third season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in the works, the starlet is killing it in her career. But what’s next? According to the “Drivers License” singer, there’s more music in the works.
“It’s definitely a different experience writing a second album after having a debut that was so well received,” Olivia told Billboard in February 2022. “I still write so much of my music in my bedroom though, and I don’t think that experience will ever change. Writing songs will hopefully always be an outlet for me to process my feelings before anything else.”
The former Disney Channel star made headlines in January 2021 when releasing her debut single, “Drivers License.” Months later, in May 2021, she solidified her status as a talented songwriter when her SOUR record dropped.
“Every song is so personal and close to my heart. Getting to share them with people is the most special thing I’ve ever done in my life. Thank u to everyone who made this album happen,” Olivia wrote on Instagram following her album’s release. “Whatever happens with the album I’m just so grateful I got to work with all these incredible people. And I’m so lucky songwriting and music exists. I hope you guys enjoy the 34 minutes and 46 seconds of me spilling my guts out that is called SOUR.”
Prior to the album’s release, Olivia explained to W magazine that she wanted her “songs to feel like something I need to say.” Adding, “I’d rather have songs that feel personal to me than songs that people could dance to.”
Following the success of SOUR, fan theories about a possible second record started going viral on TikTok.
“When I was listening to Sour, I was surprised that literally none of the songs were love songs, they were all post-breakup [songs],” TikTok star Cody Johnathan said in a now-viral video. “So, my theory is that there’s a second album coming called Sweet, that has all of the sweet parts of a relationship and not the sour ones.”
The social media star noted that Olivia has shared snippets of love songs she’s written on Instagram in the past, but none of them appeared to end up on SOUR. He also explained that her collaboration with Sour Patch kids may be another clue. Olivia sent out special purple Sour Patch kids to fans as a celebration of her debut record. “The thing with Sour Patch Kids is ‘first they’re sour then they’re sweet,'” Cody added. “Hello!”
Olivia, for her part, responded to the rumor during Variety’s Creators Fest in August 2021.
“I only have so much time in the day. Making a record is a lot of work and it’s very hard,” the “Traitor” musician said. “No response … I don’t know. That’s all I have to say.”
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