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Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Scores the Biggest Debut of the Year

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Disney Plus’s superstar Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour hit the record of Debut of the Year at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Breaks the Charts

Olivia Rodrigo captures the biggest week of 2021 for an album, as her debut release, Sour, opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 295,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 27, according to MRC Data.

Sour also launches with the second-largest streaming week ever for a non-R&B/hip-hop album and second-biggest for an album of any genre by a female artist.

Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour, opens at the top of the latest Billboard chart. Also hits a total of 301 million streams, the second-best streaming number for any album this year, behind J. Cole’s “The Off-Season,” which topped last week’s chart. Sour is also No. 1 in Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and elsewhere around the world, according to Rodrigo’s label, Geffen.

Sour was preceded by a trio of top 10 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in 2021, including two No. 1s: “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” Before “Drivers License” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in January, Rodrigo broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark in 2016. Also, on Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in 2019; along with contributions to those shows’ soundtrack albums.

Of Sour’s 295,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending May 27, SEA units comprise 218,000 units (equaling 300.73 million on-demand streams of the album’s 11 tracks), album sales comprise 72,000 (making it the top-selling album of the week) and TEA units comprise 4,000.

Olivia’s latest single “good 4 u” already gained her tons of new fans. Another song in the album, “Brutal,” has started to get attention as well. We’ll have to wait and see what other records this star on the rise will break!

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