It’s ‘Deja Vu’: Olivia Rodrigo’s new single about heartbreak sounds like a journal entry in the best way

Olivia Rodrigo fans may be experiencing déjà vu.

Rodrigo released a new single Thursday just a couple months after giving listeners “Drivers License” in January. The 18-year-old star’s new record “Deja Vu” is from her upcoming, yet to be titled, debut album expected May 21. 

Rodrigo tells Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in an interview released Thursday she wrote the song a month after “Drivers License” and similar to her former single, “Deja Vu” is about heartbreak.

“I’m sort of obsessed with the concept of déjà vu… I get déjà vu all the time. And so I thought it would be a cool play on words to use déjà vu as a metaphor for this very universal thing that happens when you break up with someone and they get with somebody else, and see them living the life that you lived,” the “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” actress said. 

After the success of her first single “Drivers License,” which debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on its release, Rodrigo said she felt pressure to follow up with another hit.

“The success of ‘Drivers License’ has been a huge lesson in how you just need to, when you put a song out, you just need to let it go. And it’s everyone else’s song to interpret, it’s not your song anymore,” Rodrigo said. “But it is sort of difficult having that be my first song ever, because the success is so immense.”

“Déjà Vu” was a hit on social media with many listeners admiring Rodrigo’s reference to “Glee” when she sings about watching reruns of the show.

When Olivia Rodrigo calls out watching Glee reruns in Deja Vu. pic.twitter.com/vDwMZT2mB7

“I was obsessed with ‘Deja Vu’ before @Olivia_Rodrigo even referenced “watching reruns of Glee.” She really got her driver’s license and decided to drive right over our hearts and then back up and do it again and then again and again and again,” wrote Alex Goldschmidt.

Rodrigo’s solo debut with “Drivers License,” the pop ballad about a lost love went viral on social media and broke Spotify’s record for most streams of a song in a single week. It even got a stamp of approval from Taylor Swift, who responded to Rodrigo’s success by posting “that’s my baby and i’m so proud.”

Fans were quick to hypothesize who Rodrigo’s lyrics were about, many assuming Rodrigo was singing about a failed relationship with her “High School Musical” co-star Joshua Bassett and his new rumored love interest, Sabrina Carpenter (Netflix’s “Work It”, Disney’s “Girl Meets World”). Why? Because Carpenter fits the bill of the woman described in Rodrigo’s song (she’s blonde and four years older than Rodrigo).

Contributing: Jenna Ryu

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