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Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodgrido has been in the public eye since 2015. The 18-year old superstar is known for her Disney roles in “Bizaardvark” as Paige and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” as Nini. Over the past few months, the Disney star has been impressing her fan base since she released her song “drivers license.” In a matter of a week, the song became the most streamed song on Spotify and lasted for two months at the top of the Billboard 100.
Months after its launching, Rodrigo announced her newest single called “Deja Vu.” In her Instagram post, she deliberately teased her fans about her upcoming song by sharing an image of her floating on a cloud-like background. After its release, she continues to be in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. So what’s her new song all about?
The singer dropped “Deja Vu” on April 1 and kid you not, it was no April Fool’s joke. In the first verse of the song, Rodrigo recalled fond memories with her significant other. The music video explicitly showed these memories, such as them driving to Malibu, eating strawberry ice cream, trading jackets, and watching the series Glee. At the end of the verse, the lyrics switched with a sad tone. The verse signified that Rodrigo’s favorite moments with her former partner were replicated with someone else. The lyrics in this verse included: “So when are you gonna tell her that we did this too? She thinks it’s special, but it’s all reused. That was our place, I found it first. I made the jokes you tell to her when she’s with you.” The Gen Z singer-songwriter also pointed out the “Deja Vu” her former partner felt every time he spent with the new person in the chorus section.
The lyrical storytelling of her new single “Deja Vu” was specific, and one would believe the song portrayed the actual love story and heartbreak of Olivia. To the surprise of many, most of it was wholly made up. For example, the line “Watching reruns of Glee/Bein’ annoying, singin’ in harmony” did not actually happen in the course of their love story. Along with her co-writer and producer, Dan Nigro, told in an interview, “Neither of us have ever, like, watched Glee! But [when we were writing the song], we were like, ‘Watching reruns of Glee’ — heck yeah!”
The same with the Billy Joe line, “Play her piano, but she doesn’t know/That I was the one who taught you Billy Joel.” It was also made up. Olivia admitted, “Dan actually came up with the Billy Joel lyric…which is probably my favorite lyric.”
Oliva Rodrigo’s light, ethereal vocals, and mastery of storytelling definitely set her apart from the artists. She easily evoked a sense of “Deja Vu” among her audience, following the song’s narrative. Her recent track is an excellent example of self-referentialism, which exemplifies the brilliance of Olivia. With more than 19 million streams on Spotify and 20 million views on Youtube, Rodrigo’s commitment and passion for her craft are undeniable.
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