Olivia Rodrigo returns with ‘Deja Vu’: Hear her new track

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“Deja Vu” is true.

In Olivia Rodrigo’s killer new single, “Deja Vu” — it’s the a lot anticipated follow-up to her smash debut, “Drivers License,” which spent eight weeks at No. 1 — the 18-year-old pop singer skewers an ex for utilizing his previous strikes on a brand new girlfriend.

“So once you gonna inform her that we did that too?” she asks the man as layered synth strains twinkle round her, “She thinks it’s particular, however it’s all reused.”

The identical could possibly be mentioned of the intelligent songwriting and manufacturing tips Rodrigo repeats in “Deja Vu” — the way in which she makes a musical phrase of somebody’s laughter (as she did with the chime of a automobile alarm in “Drivers License”), for example, or her deployment of an sudden swear phrase within the track’s bridge (à la the essential F-bomb she dropped final time).

You’ll be able to’t blame her for doubling down. An ideal specimen of adlescent melodrama, “Drivers License” was an honest-to-goodness phenomenon that set data at Billboard and Spotify and impressed a broadly seen sketch on “Saturday Night time Dwell.” Almost three months after it got here out, the ability ballad — which hasn’t dropped under No. 5 on the Sizzling 100 — continues to be racking up greater than 1 million streams a day.

But in addition: These are nice tips! Rodrigo could be silly to not use them once more — hardly a mistake you’re prone to see from an actor who obtained her begin on a Disney present referred to as “Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection.”

And anyway, “Deja Vu” — the second single, Rodrigo introduced Thursday morning, from her debut album due Might 21 — has loads of its personal superbly rendered element.

Co-written and produced by Dan Nigro, who additionally did “Drivers License,” the brand new single paints a vivid scene proper from the get-go: “Automobile trip to Malibu / Strawberry ice cream, one spoon for 2,” Rodrigo sings wistfully, “And buying and selling jackets / Laughing ’bout how small it seems on you.”

She goes on to rhyme “Watching reruns of ‘Glee’” with “Being annoying, singing in concord” — actual theater-kid dream-weaving right here — earlier than making clear that these treasured recollections are simply a part of a well-established sample for her ex.

Later, after a surprisingly rowdy beat has kicked in, Rodrigo reveals the true outrage:

I wager that she is aware of Billy Joel
’Trigger you performed her “Uptown Woman”
You’re singing it collectively
I wager you even inform her
How you like her
In between the refrain and the verse

The audacity.

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