“Guts” is the official follow-up to 2021’s Grammy-winning, Billboard 200-topping “Sour”.
Olivia Rodrigo’s new album is here, and it’s only “logical” that you hit play as soon as possible. Guts, the sophomore studio effort from the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star, officially arrived on Friday, Sept. 8.
Rodrigo has been teasing the follow-up to Sour for over a year now. After dropping Easter eggs in Spotify canvases and teasing fans with seconds-long snippets, she unleashed lead single “Vampire” on June 30.
The track became Rodrigo’s third to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100, and has since spent nearly every week post-release in the chart’s top 10. A promotional single titled “Bad Idea Right?” followed on Aug. 11. That song featured a markedly more frantic tempo to complement the ballad-rock opera fusion that was “Vampire.” “Bad Idea Right?” entered Hot Rock & Alternative Songs at No. 1, becoming her second overall entry and second No. 1 single on the chart.
Guts marks the reunion of Rodrigo and Sour collaborator Dan Nigro; Rodrigo is a credited writer on each of the album’s 12 tracks, and Nigro is a credited producer on each track as well. With Sour, Rodrigo and Nigo struck gold. The album won thee Grammys (including best pop vocal album), spent five weeks atop the Billboard 200, and spawned the Hot 100 No. 1 singles “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” The tracklist for Guts, in addition to the aforementioned singles, includes eye-popping titles such as “All-American Bitch” and “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl.”
In just a few days (Sep. 12), Rodrigo will perform at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. This year, the “Traitor” singer boasts six nominations, including video of the year, song of the year and best pop (all for “Vampire”). In 2021, she won three Moonpeople, including best new artist and song of the year (“Drivers License”).
Rodrigo has 14 entries on the Hot 100, including six top ten hits: “Drivers License” (No. 1), “Good 4 U” (No. 1), “Vampire” (No. 1), “Deja Vu” (No. 3), “Traitor” (No. 9) and “Bad Idea Right?” (No. 10). On the Artist 100, she has spent six overall weeks at the summit.
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