Olivia Rodrigo was known as an actress when she released her first single as a solo artist, "Drivers License," at age 17. She made her name in a couple of Disney series; her breakthrough role was Paige Olvera on Bizaardvark
, and she then played Nini Salazar-Roberts on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
(the Gabriella of the original show). Rodrigo recorded several songs for HSM: The Musical: The Series
, including the hit single "All I Want
," which she also wrote.
Rodrigo signed with Geffen Records in 2020 and released "Drivers License" on January 8, 2021. With a memorable heartsore vocal and cathartic bridge, the song was an instant sensation, going straight to #1 in America and topping the charts in many other countries as well. On Spotify, it was the most-streamed song of 2021, with a global count of 1.1 billion.