“I’m obsessed with the concept of awesome things in my life — like my relationship with myself and with others — progressively going sour as I get older,” the actress told The Face about the record’s title. “It’s a very visceral word, one that captures the sounds that I’m inspired by and a specific slice of my life at 17. Plus it has my initials in it, which is a bonus!”
Prior to announcing her album’s title, the songstress dropped her second single “Deja Vu” in April 2021, which was written just after her debut track. “I’m sort of obsessed with the concept of déjà vu,” Olivia told Zane Lowe during an Apple Music interview. “Like I really love that concept, I get déjà vu all the time. And so I thought it would be a cool play on words to use déjà vu as a metaphor for this very universal thing that happens when you break up with someone and they get with somebody else, and see them living the life that you lived … yeah, it’s just a super universal thing that I think happens to everyone that we just don’t really talk about a ton.”
She continued, “It was really important to me and to my team that we didn’t just put out another ballad after ‘Drivers License.’ You know what I mean? We wanted to show that I am a very versatile songwriter, and I love all different types of music, and I create all different types of music … And so, yeah, it was sort of just a natural progression, I think it’s a nice introduction to all of the other things that I can do.
When it comes to her album release in the near future, Olivia did also spill some tea on what fans can expect to hear.
“I thought I was going to be like, ‘I’m never going to write anything as good as ‘Drivers License.’ Nobody’s going to like it.’ But seeing everyone’s responses to the song had made me more aware of why my songwriting is special and what it is about my songwriting that resonates with people,” the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star told Nylon in February 2021. “I actually feel a lot more confident in my writing abilities since ‘Drivers License’ came out.”
With a newfound confidence in songwriting, Olivia also told the magazine that she’s been “spending every day in my room writing songs and doing homework.” Since it seems like the talented teen already has a book of lyrics waiting to be released, it’s only natural that fans want to know if she has an EP or album in the works. Scroll through our gallery for what we know so far about the songstress’ possible debut album!
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