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Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ follow-up has a title and several songs written

2021's breakout star will re-team with Dan Nigro for her second album

By Joe Goggins

Olivia Rodrigo against pastel background
'Sour' was one of 2021's biggest albums. (Photo: Press)

Olivia Rodrigo has confirmed that work on her second record is well underway.

Rodrigo, the breakout pop star of 2021, already has a title for the follow-up to her multi-platinum debut ‘Sour’ and has a number of songs written with key collaborator Dan Nigro.

In a new interview with Billboard, Rodrigo revealed: “I have a title for my next album and a few songs. It’s really exciting to think about the next world that’s coming up for me. I just love writing songs. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself…just sort of explore and have fun right now.”

She took time to reflect on how she’s been changed – or rather, not – by the runaway critical and commercial success of ‘Sour’ which, propelled by huge singles including ‘Drivers License’ and ‘Deja Vu’, topped charts around the world upon release last April. “It’s definitely a different experience writing a second album after having a debut that was so well received. “I still write so much of my music in my bedroom though, and I don’t think that experience will ever change. Writing songs will hopefully always be an outlet for me to process my feelings before anything else.”

Rodrigo confirmed that Nigro remains a crucial part of her process going into album number two. “I absolutely love working with Dan. We have such a good groove together. We are always sharing ideas back-and-forth and have been carving out time to work together in the studio. The craziness of ‘Sour’ being out in the world was something that really only Dan and I could relate to, and I think that has brought us closer together. I trust him so much and really enjoy the music we’ve been making.”

Rodrigo has been nominated for seven prizes at the Grammys, including Album of the Year for ‘Sour’ and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Drivers License’. The ceremony is set for April 3 in Las Vegas.

Last Thursday (February 17), Rodrigo announced a new documentary following the making of ‘Sour’, entitled ‘driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)’. She dropped the first trailer the same day; the film is set for release on Disney+ on March 25.