Thursday, May 30, 2024

Olivia Rodrigo, 18, Crowned Queen Teen of Pop with Debut Album, “Sour,” Selling Whopping 286K Copies


Olivia Rodrigo has got her Driver’s License to Sell.

The 18 year old — she just turned 18 — has a debut number 1 album today. “Sour” sold 286,500 copies according to Buzz Angle and hitsdailydouble. That is a HUGE number for an opening week for a first timer, and one who just became legal.

“Sour” sold 214,500 copies streaming equivalent and 68,000 CDs and downloads. The latter number made it the best seller in that category too.

Rodrigo has hit singles galore too. There are three on the Streaming Song Revenue chart. She has five slots on the iTunes charts. She’s all over the radio.

What will make everyone nuts, too, is “Sour” is sweet. It’s an excellent album that deserves a Grammy Album of the Year nomination. She will also easily take Best New Artist.

It’s going to a “Sour” summer, one that 2021’s teenage girls will always remember. And maybe even some of the guys.

Does she even have a high school diploma? Does it matter? And you know what’s nice? Olivia is American born with a big, proud Filipino heritage. She’ll be a big role model. Very nice.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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