olivia rodrigo in the video for 'sour'

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Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘SOUR’ was tailor-made for TikTok trends

Olivia Rodrigo's album is making people cut off ponytails and scream into ring lights.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published May 21, 2021   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 2:11 pm CDT

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR was released today, and the internet is collectively raging. 

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Rodrigo, 18, had already released a few singles from the album, including the chart-dominating “drivers license.” So there were already months of hype leading up to the release. But on Friday, the dam broke, and it took people back to their teenage years. 

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“Laying in the dark listening to the Olivia Rodrigo album like the teenager I am,” said musician Bethany Cosentino, aka Best Coast. 

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SOUR is, in essence, a breakup album, a take on pop-punk through a Swiftie lens. As Lindsay Zoladz writes in her review: “Rodrigo’s songs have lived-in details to spare, as though she had all this time been assembling a detailed dossier on the emotional minutiae of the teenage experience.”

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Rodrigo is known for her role on Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. But a scandalous theory about co-star Joshua Bassett, originating on TikTok back in January, opened up the first single “drivers license” to a bigger audience. Then the song became a certified hit and another example of how TikTok can elevate musicians—and create them

TikTok, of course, made several trends out of the album. One inspired mashup combines the cathartic “good 4 u” and Paramore’s “Misery Business,” showing how closely the songs sync up. 

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olivia has entered her 2000s pop punk girl era and i’m here for it #fyp #oliviarodrigo #good4u #paramore #pop #remix #mashup #miserybusiness

♬ original sound – Adam Wright
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Fans also did tributes to “good 4 u” and pointed out that one scene from the video involving a ring light was tailor-made to be a TikTok trend—which it is.

https://www.tiktok.com/@iamoliviaponton/video/6963768078069026053
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The song has been used in more than 260,000 TikToks and is also part of a curious trend of girls cutting off their ponytails to achieve something called a “wolf cut.”

https://www.tiktok.com/@krenare.tahiri/video/6963531718833736966

Can it all be summed up in an obscure meme? Yes.

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*First Published: May 21, 2021, 1:41 pm CDT