Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album is right here, and followers are satisfied that one track specifically — ‘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 Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence star cemented herself as the subsequent huge title in music with the discharge of Bitter. The debut album arrived on Friday (Might 21), bringing a monitor that some followers assume is actually “drivers license” 2.0: “traitor.” Because the track’s title states, the monitor is a couple of previous lover who’s now a “traitor” for taking solely “two weeks” up to now somebody new.
“You betrayed me / And I do know that you simply’ll by no means really feel sorry / For the best way I harm, yeah / You talked to her after we had been collectively / Beloved 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 Faculty Musical: The Musical: The Sequence co-star Joshua Bassett and fellow Disney star Sabrina Carpenter that “drivers license” was one of many greatest conspiracy theories of 2021.
Olivia’s Traitor actually felt like a nudge to the Joshua & Sabrina drama 👀👀 #SOUROlivia
— Ian Sta Maria (@ianstamaria) May 20, 2021
We should make clear, nonetheless, 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 may very well 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 track presumably about Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter’s suspected relationship, and the way Bassett is a ‘traitor’ to Olivia by transferring on too quick from her.”
SHE CAME FOR JOSHUA IN TRAITOR GO OFF SIS
— steph 🙂 (@foxybreadkick) May 21, 2021
“If somebody handled me like joshua bassett handled olivia rodrigo within the track traitor i’d be completely damaged. god i 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 publish the lyrics to traitor tomorrow like “this was my favourite on the album 🙂 so pleased with you liv x.”
omg listening to traitor joshua bassett actually broke her coronary heart
— 💋💋💋 (@hariborry) May 21, 2021
Not everybody jumped to conclusions, although. “I actually wanna know who broke her coronary heart bc there’s no means that one man joshua did all this injury to my lady :(((,” one fan tweeted. Joshua’s title wasn’t simply introduced up in connection to “traitor,” although. Followers assume the Disney star impressed lots of the tracks — main Joshua’s title to turn out to be a prime trending subject on Twitter inside an hour of Bitter‘s launch. Extra essential 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) May 21, 2021
It’s been a wild 5 months for Olivia. She’s turned 18. She launched a juggernaut of a song, one which was a topic of a Saturday Evening Dwell 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 favorite songwriter, Taylor Swift., On prime of all that, she simply dropped her debut album. Not unhealthy 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 track, “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again,” credited Taylor Swift and her longtime music accomplice, Jack Antonoff. Whereas some questioned if this was a collab – the “1” and the “3” within the title was regarded as a delicate nod to “13,” Taylor’s favourite quantity – Rolling Stone reported that the monitor was an “interpolations” of Swift’s “New 12 months’s Day.” Olivia stated she was impressed by “Merciless Summer time” when writing the bridge for “Deja Vu,” so this isn’t that stunning.
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 sequence Bizaardvark, and two years after she landed the function of Nini Salazar-Roberts on Disney+’s Excessive Faculty 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, “nevertheless 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 folks, her music, and its success, has left her feeling “much more seen.”
“I really feel actually understood when folks come as much as me, they usually’re like, “Oh, I really like your track” 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 typically” as a result of she feels that gossip and “drama” diminishes the track. Instantly, persons 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 utterly perceive. And , numerous instances, it isn’t malicious,” Olivia stated of gossip. “More often than not, I assume. It’s none of my enterprise. I write my songs, and other people 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 hassle me. I additionally attempt to keep off of social media and never have 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 track 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.