Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album is right here, and followers are satisfied that one music particularly — ‘traitor’ — is a ‘nudge’ to the rumored love triangle between Olivia, Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter that ‘drivers license’ birthed.
Months after Olivia Rodrigo delivered the primary monster hit of 2021 – and after releasing some extremely profitable follow-ups — the Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection star cemented herself as the following large identify in music with the discharge of Bitter. The debut album arrived on Friday (Might 21), bringing a monitor that some followers assume is basically “drivers license” 2.0: “traitor.” Because the music’s identify states, the monitor is a couple of previous lover who’s now a “traitor” for taking solely “two weeks” thus far somebody new.
“You betrayed me / And I do know that you just’ll by no means really feel sorry / For the best way I harm, yeah / You talked to her after we have been collectively / Cherished you at your worst however that didn’t matter / It took you two weeks to go off and date her / Guess you didn’t cheat, however you’re nonetheless a traitor,” Olivia sings in a single verse. Given the emotionally-charged lyrics — and reference to a previous lover and third individual — followers couldn’t assist however consider the rumored love triangle between Olivia, her Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection co-star Joshua Bassett and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter that “drivers license” become one of many largest conspiracy theories of 2021.
Olivia’s Traitor actually felt like a nudge to the Joshua & Sabrina drama 👀👀 #SOUROlivia
— Ian Sta Maria (@ianstamaria) Might 20, 2021
We should make clear, nevertheless, that it has by no means been confirmed if Olivia and Joshua truly dated. We should additionally level out that Olivia has dated her Bizaardvark co-star, Ethan Wacker (so, he could possibly be a potential muse too). Regardless, after listening to somebody break Olivia’s coronary heart but once more on “traitor,” followers couldn’t assist however consider her speculated romance with Joshua. Even the go-to web site for lyric deciphering, Genius, stated that “traitor” is “a music presumably about Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter’s suspected relationship, and the way Bassett is a ‘traitor’ to Olivia by shifting on too quick from her.”
SHE CAME FOR JOSHUA IN TRAITOR GO OFF SIS
— steph 🙂 (@foxybreadkick) Might 21, 2021
“If somebody handled me like joshua bassett handled olivia rodrigo within the music traitor i’d be completely damaged. god i really like her album already EEEK,” one fan tweeted, whereas one other wrote, “Omg Joshua Bassett is shaking in his boots and I’m solely on traitor!!! @Olivia_Rodrigo is a lyrical genius!” One other fan teased, “joshua bassett gonna put up the lyrics to traitor tomorrow like “this was my favourite on the album 🙂 so happy with you liv x.”
omg listening to traitor joshua bassett actually broke her coronary heart
— 💋💋💋 (@hariborry) Might 21, 2021
Not everybody jumped to conclusions, although. “I actually wanna know who broke her coronary heart bc there’s no approach that one man joshua did all this harm to my woman :(((,” one fan tweeted. Joshua’s identify wasn’t simply introduced up in connection to “traitor,” although. Followers assume the Disney star impressed lots of the tracks — main Joshua’s identify to turn out to be a prime trending subject on Twitter inside an hour of Bitter‘s launch. Extra vital than hypothetical relationship drama, although, was Olivia’s new music, which left followers in awe as they devoured different new tracks like “brutal” (which emerged because the fan-favorite) and “sufficient for you.”
— kayla (taylor’s model) (@kayla__dunne) Might 21, 2021
It’s been a wild 5 months for Olivia. She’s turned 18. She launched a juggernaut of a music, one which was a topic of a Saturday Evening Stay skit (months earlier than she made her SNL debut). Olivia carried out on the 2021 BRIT Awards in London, the place she was lastly capable of meet her favourite songwriter, Taylor Swift., On prime of all that, she simply dropped her debut album. Not dangerous for somebody who’s sufficiently old to drive however nonetheless isn’t sufficiently old to drink.
Forward of Bitter’s launch, there was just a little little bit of viral chatter over a potential collaboration on the album. Olivia shared the songwriting and manufacturing credit, and followers famous that her music, “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again,” credited Taylor Swift and her longtime music associate, Jack Antonoff. Whereas some puzzled if this was a collab – the “1” and the “3” within the title was considered a delicate nod to “13,” Taylor’s favourite quantity – Rolling Stone reported that the monitor was an “interpolations” of Swift’s “New Yr’s Day.” Olivia stated she was impressed by “Merciless Summer time” when writing the bridge for “Deja Vu,” so this isn’t that shocking.
Neither is Olivia’s success. It’s been 5 years since she was first launched to the world as Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel collection Bizaardvark, and two years after she landed the function of Nini Salazar-Roberts on Disney+’s Excessive College Musical off-shoot. “I’ve all the time been on [TV] exhibits, doing one thing within the public eye,” she advised Nylon journal forward of her album’s launch, “however it’s actually superior, now, to be acknowledged for my music, one thing a lot extra indicative of who I actually am as an individual.” Whereas Olivia’s preliminary brushes with fame got here by enjoying different individuals, her music, and its success, has left her feeling “much more seen.”
“I really feel actually understood when individuals come as much as me, and so they’re like, “Oh, I really like your music” as a result of it’s an extension of my coronary heart. It means a lot extra,” she added. Throughout the chat, Olivia touched upon one of many viral parts of “Drivers License,” particularly the aforementioned rumored love triangle involving her, her HSM co-star Joshua and Sabrina. “I’m an excellent particular songwriter,” she stated, citing how “broad storytelling simply isn’t enjoyable in artwork medium,” However, she stated she’s additionally “gone again and made revisions to make it rather less particular as a result of generally” as a result of she feels that gossip and “drama” diminishes the music. Abruptly, individuals are speaking concerning the real-world gossip behind the monitor and never the precise songwriting.
“I don’t take it personally, actually. I perceive. I fully perceive. And you already know, numerous occasions, it isn’t malicious,” Olivia stated of gossip. “More often than not, I suppose. It’s none of my enterprise. I write my songs, and folks can say no matter they need to say about it. [They can] assume no matter they need to take into consideration my life, and that’s simply a part of it. It doesn’t actually trouble me. I additionally attempt to keep off of social media and never take a look at that stuff.”
“Drivers License” was launched on Jan. 8, 2021, reaching no. 1 on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music chars. The music broke Spotify’s streaming data and debuted on the prime of the Billboard Sizzling 100. It spent eight consecutive weeks. “Deja Vu,” the second single from Bitter, didn’t replicate the success of “Drivers License,” however its debut at No. 8 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 was nonetheless spectacular. “good 4 u,” the third single, continued each Olivia’s momentum and the pop-punk revival.