The “Drivers License” Drama- A Review

Olivia Rodrigo is a seventeen-year-old actor and singer (known for her role as Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series) who has soared to fame after releasing her song “Driver’s License.” The song is currently the number one song in the world and Billboard charts called it one of the”most dominant number one [songs] in the last thirty years.” Rodrigo’s hit got 76 million streams alone in the first week of its debut.

Much of the success of “Driver’s License” has been contributed to the drama surrounding the song and a love triangle between Olivia Rodrigo, her ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter (the presumed new girlfriend). Before getting into this, it is important that Olivia Rodrigo gets the recognition she deserves excluding the drama because her song is quite literally, an anthem for Gen Z.

The star of Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has a nostalgic feel to her as millennials worshipped the early 2000s “High School Musical” movie series, including hit songs like “Breaking Free” and “Bet on It.” Olivia Rodrigo’s song is everything that millennials have been craving as the lyrics about teen breakup and heartache seem to be universally relatable and spark the interest of a former generation invested in Disney and the singer, Taylor Swift. In fact, it is Olivia Rodrigo’s songwriter that sets her apart. While she holds a powerful voice, her writing is passionate, soulful, and inspiring. She wrote, “he’s perfect on paper, but he’s lying to my face…. does he think that I’m the kind of girl who needs to be saved?” in her previously released single in 2020, “All I Want.”

In Driver’s License, it is the lyric, “you’re probably with that blonde girl,” that sparked rumors of a Disney love triangle. Olivia Rodrigo and her costar, Joshua Bassett, were believed to have started dating in 2019 while their on screen characters, Nini and Ricky, were also falling in love. However, they broke up in the summer of 2020 it appears as Rodrigo captioned her video on Tik Tok, “you think you can hurt my feelings? I wrote this song,” as she played “All I Want.” She also posted a picture with her friend posed in t-shirts with the words, “dump him.” Immediately after, Joshua Bassett is rumored to have started dating Sabrina Carpenter, a former Disney Channel star in “Girl Meets World” who is now a current pop star. When Rodrigo “Driver’s License” debuted, fans immediately believed the “blonde girl” she mentioned in her song to be Sabrina Carpenter. Since then. Rodrigo’s song has attracted widespread attention

Joshua Bassett responded to Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License,” by posting on his Instagram story that everyone should go stream the song. However, he then released a song called “Lie Lie Lie,” which was apparently written prior to 2020, but yet fans can’t help notice the song’s message about betrayal and deceit, perhaps a jab towards his former costar. Sabrina Carpenter has now released her song, “Skin,” which appears to be a more obvious clapback towards Rodrigo. She sings, “maybe we could’ve been friends if I met you in a different life” and “maybe you didn’t mean it, maybe blonde was the only rhyme” as a reference to Rodrigo’s famous lyric.

Some fans believe Carpenter’s new song is a bit spiteful due to her lyrics “you can try
to get under my, under my, under my skin while he’s on mine,” implying a bit of sarcasm towards Rodrigo when the “Driver’s License” singer had only complimented Carpenter in her song. Now, Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett are rumored to be releasing a song together soon called “We Both Know.” With all this drama, one thing is for sure- these pop stars are making quite a lot of money from this ordeal.

Olivia Rodrigo song, “Driver’s License,” still ranks number one on the charts as of the week of January 24th, 20201. You can stream the song on Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, Pandora, and more- go check it out!

Start Your Mornings with the Michelle Obama Podcast

Michelle Obama does it all- whether it’s teaching kids around the globe on Disney Channel about healthy living, being a mom to her two beautiful daughters (shoutout to Malia and Sasha), serving as First Lady of the United State, giving loving advice to her husband Barack Obama, or even writing her own book, “Becoming,” through it all. Much can be learned from this inspirational woman and lucky for us, she has now started her very own podcast! 

The “Michelle Obama Podcast,” is produced by Higher Ground and can be found on the Spotify app or online website, at this link here: The Michelle Obama Podcast According to Spotify, the podcast “features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones- family, friends, and colleagues- on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.”

Michelle Obama makes her podcast feel as if you are sitting down with your best friend, casually sipping wine while exchanging advice from experiences you have come across. Each episode opens with some funky jazz music, making you want to dance a little as well. As a black woman in America, she understands what it is like to be a minority and feel like you are in the background of society. This issue is so paramount to Michelle Obama that the theme of her podcast is inclusiveness and empathy. In every episode, she urges all listeners to have empathy for others and love all people, as we are all humans. 

Currently, Michelle Obama has eleven published podcasts and there will be more to come each week as she posts one episode every Wednesday. So far, there have already been so many heartfelt moments and life advice to take away from. 

Michelle Obama begins her podcast by sharing her life at the White House, saying how “for eight years [her life] was full of crazy schedules, [she] was always juggling big initiatives, speeches, steak dinners, not to mention trying to raise two daughters and just trying to keep her head above water,” appreciating all she has accomplished, but finally having “some time to breathe” now. (Season 1, Episode 1, “Hi, I’m Michelle Obama”)

In another interesting moment- albeit more romantic- Michelle Obama gushes to her husband, “one of the reasons I fell in love with you is because you are guided by the principle that we are each other’s brother’s and sister’s keepers. And that’s how I was raised!” (Season 1, Episode 2, “President Barack Obama”)

In the fourth episode, “Protests and the Pandemic with Michelle Norris,” Michelle breaks the fifth wall and urges listeners to “[take care of yourselves].”  She stresses how important it is to “[listen] to your spirits” during this time. She relates the pandemic to a “relay race and [how] we gotta pass the baton off to each other so that we can keep up the momentum and the enthusiasm that we’re going to need to make sure this change is ultimately implemented…”

Later episodes include advice on women’s health, relationships with your family and friends, empowering women, marriage, raising kids, and tips for young people who are perhaps interns/mentees finding their career path. 

When addressing young people, she advises, “young people [to] do the work that you don’t want to do, [and] the thankless work that’s not so fun” because it will show that “[you are] ready to be pushed, that [you] want to do more.” (Season 1, Episode 9, “Across Generations: Michelle Obama and Her Mentees”)

This podcast is worth listening to, as Michelle Obama gives advice to people of all ages, from different walks of life. It is especially comforting to listen to her encouraging words during this national pandemic due to COVID-19. Each episode is calming and ends on a positive note, tying in its theme so that you learn another valuable lesson. During this time and throughout the rest of your life, Michelle Obama stresses “when in doubt, rely on hope… it is much more hopeful, much more gratifying, much more effective, to live this life as a ‘we’…. [and] building lives that are selfless. It is more fun!” (Season 1, Episode 2, “President Barack Obama”)

Fall Playlist 2018

 

At least in Southern California, the fall vibes aren’t always real evident because the sun is still shining and the leaves haven’t fully changed colors yet. With that in mind, I wanted to feel more fall-like so I put together a playlist that puts me in the spirit! Here’s a list of some songs that is just the right kind of mood for this season- it makes me think of the smell of pumpkin spice and a rainy day : )

Sunflower- Rex Orange County

Best Friend- Rex Orange County

loveee rex orange county forevaaa

PCH- Jaden Smith

My Boy- Billie Eilish 

(or any other song by her)

BTSTU- Jai Paul

Berlin- RY X

Stay- Post Malone

so hard to not sing along ahhh

Hope- XXXTENTACION

Boy- Willow

Marceline- Willow

Chanel- Frank Ocean

From The Dining Table- Harry Styles

or just listen to his whole album

Fire Escape- Foster the People

Like Real People Do- Hozier

Landslide- Smashing Pumpkins

30 Hours- Kanye West

Writer In the Dark- Lorde

any Lorde will also do

City of Angels- Miguel

Sleep on the Floor- The Lumineers

The Weekend- SZA

a bop

R.I.P SCREW- Travis Scott

Loving Someone- The 1975

White Ferrari- Frank Ocean

Lost Boy- Jaden Smith

Snaggletooth- Vance Joy

Wash.- Bon Iver

bon iver will always set the mood

Sweater Weather- The Neighbourhood

Autumn Leaves- Ed Sheeran

Everything Has Changed- Taylor Swift

a fall anthem

Red- Taylor Swift

Roslyn- Bon Iver

Holocene- Bon Iver

From the Morning- Nick Drake

Run and Hide- Sabrina Carpenter

In the Airplane Over the Sun- Neutral Milk Hotel

Cherry Wine- Hozier

sooo pretty

Lego House- Ed Sheeran

River (feat. Ed Sheeran)- Eminem

The A Team- Ed Sheeran