Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the youngest artist to have a debut song go #1 on the chart. She also joins Lorde and Billie Eilish as one of the youngest artists to have a number one song. It was the most-streamed and top-selling song of the week.
The single, released Jan. 8, marks the 17-year-old’s first Hot 100 No. 1, following its first week of availability. Her background as a Disney actress, the controversy surrounding its lyrics, Tiktok and even a comment from Taylor Swift has led “Drivers License,” to reach great heights.
According to Billboard.com:
“Drivers License,” released on Geffen/Interscope Records, is the 1,116th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 62-year history. It’s the 48th single to debut on top, and the first of 2021,
“Here’s a deeper look at Rodrigo’s first road trip to No. 1 on the Hot 100, among other achievements,
“Streams, sales & airplay: “Drivers License” drew 76.1 million U.S. streams and sold 38,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data. It also earned 8.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 17.
“The track debuts at No. 1 on both the all-genre Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts, marking Rodrigo’s first leader on each list, while entering the Pop Airplay (No. 31) and Adult Pop Airplay (No. 37) radio rankings,
“Record streams for a first promoted single: The 76.1 million opening-week U.S. streams for “Drivers License” mark a new weekly best for a female artist’s first single properly promoted to radio, streaming services and other platforms,
“The sum is the best for any song in its first week of release since Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, soared in with 93 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 13, 2020 (and atop the Hot 100 dated Aug. 22), the most for any track ever in its first week of availability.
… though it’s Rodrigo’s 2nd Hot 100 hit: Before “Drivers License,” Rodrigo charted one Hot 100 entry: “All I Want” (her metaphorical chart learner’s permit) spent two weeks on the tally, peaking at No. 90, where it debuted, in January 2020. “Want” is from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Music From the Disney+ Original Series); “Drivers License” is so far a stand-alone single, with Rodrigo’s debut EP expected this year.”