They say getting a driver’s license is an exciting milestone for any teen. Well, the 17-year-old actress Olivia Rodrigo has a smash hit with her song Driver License. It’s been a while since Disney broke an artist. The song is supercharged with top 40 radio play, Tiktok presence and a shoutout from Taylor Swift. The song has clocked more than 100 million streams on Spotify, making it the “fastest song on Spotify to hit this milestone.
The 21 year old rapper Flo Milli has become Spotify’s US RADAR artist. Her new song Roaring 20s dropped today.
“The Roaring Twenties was a period in history of dramatic social and political change. Last year I was able to break through during a very difficult time for not only our country but, the world. Born in 2000, and having my breakout year in 2020, I feel like I’m living in the new age of the Roaring Twenties, shared Flo”
The Alabama based artist will have full support from Spotify from playlists to a Spotify Singles recording in conjunction with marketing & promo.
Flo began writing and recording in high school altering finding inspiration by R&B TV show 106 & Park and Nicki Minaj. Prior to her debut mixtape in 2020, her first two songs, “Beef FloMix” and “In the Party,” went viral.
Canada’s Tate McRae tops the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. Forever known as the pandemic artist, meaning her song You Broke Me First was released during lockdowns while gaining traction. Before signing with RCA she was dancing competitively. Moving into the artist world, she began posting songs she wrote on her YouTube channel. As destiny would have it, the songs went viral.
Tate says, “I was like, really mad, wrote this random song in 20 minutes and I was like, ‘Here we’re putting it online. My family hated it. I hated it. We were just like, ‘O.K., put it out there. But then something unexpected happened. It ended up going viral overnight and it was super weird,” says Tate. “So after it hit, like, 30 million views, I was like, ‘I should do this again!'”She laughs, “So I kept on writing songs every week and signed with RCA [Records] and the transition slowly started to happen.”
We are dealing with covid, but we can’t forget the climate. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced that the band will not be going on tour until they can offer carbon-neutral concerts.
Unfortunately, tours produce a sizable amount of carbon emissions with trucks moving people and equipment across the world.
Right now scientists are creating a model that will help touring artist reduce their contribution to climate change.
Things will ultimately change when everyone in the concert business demands a climate friendly concert. I’m a bit apprehensive as covid became the main focus and the climate has taken the backseat. As the pandemic ends, artists, managers, and agents will want to hit the road as fast as possible to pick up the lost revenue, but I’m nervous the climate will not be in mind and it will be business a usual.
Spotify jumped to $354.60 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, up 7% from Thursday. Spotify’s value rose to roughly $66.1 billion. Why has the stock prices increased? Mainly because of podcasts and the launch of the controversial Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Spotify might raise prices, expanding its profitability.