Olivia Rodrigo – The Best Part (From “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season 2) MP3 download
Olivia Rodrigo isn’t speeding away from her day job.
When her breakout song “Drivers License” dropped in January, Rodrigo was busy filming High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 2, and as she watched her single dominate charts and break record after record, she didn’t let that success change her daily life. “It was sort of a strange experience because ‘Drivers License’ came out and debuted at No. 1 — and it’s still No. 1 today which is crazy — but it was really awesome to be able to go to the set and have things be totally normal,” she told EW in March. “It helps me keep my head on straight.”
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series showrunner Tim Federle felt a “parental pride” watching her music career skyrocket overnight. “Olivia is a crazy songwriting machine. I don’t even know if Olivia realizes how gifted she is,” he says. “It felt inevitable that she was going to become this sensation with the storytelling of Taylor Swift and the edge of Lorde, and she still shows up to work and knows every line and jokes around with the crew and is so sweet to the cast.”
Rodrigo has been hard at work on her follow-up to “Drivers License” with her album Sour (out May 21), but fans will hear her new music first in season 2 of the Disney+ series (premiering May 14) as East High puts on a performance of Beauty and the Beast. “Olivia’s got a song in season 2 that the first time I heard it I was like, I actually think this is better than ‘All I Want,'” Federle says, referencing Rodrigo’s hit original song from season 1.
Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo in ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ | CREDIT: NICK SOKOLOFF/DISNEY+
“The success of the music I’ve put out recently has given me a lot of confidence as a writer and in the other songs that I’ve written like the rose song,” she says. “I think it’s one of the best songs I’ve written. It’s this really intricate metaphor and I’ve never written a song like that before.”
The “hopeful” song tackles feeling misrepresented, which is something Rodrigo knows well from her life in the public eye, since her Disney Channel days on Bizaardvark to the past few months of intense internet rumors about her love life. “I’ve always struggled with identity and that only gets more confusing when you start to introduce boys into the equation, which was what Nini is going through and what I’m still going through,” she says. “It was really important for me to write a song with a message that you’re so much more than what boys think of you. That was something that I actually needed to hear myself in that time. I’m really proud of that song.”