It’s very possible that Olivia Rodrigo is having the best 2021 among all recording artists, as she is hitting No. 1 left and right with both singles and her album and she seems to make history every few days in some new manner. Her latest successful song “Good 4 U” has quickly become one of the biggest tracks of the year all around the world, and streams played a vital role in making it a charting win as well. The tune was so powerful and popular on streaming sites, it made history just a short time ago on Spotify, the world’s most-used streaming option.
Rodrigo’s single “Good 4 U” broke the record for the most plays in a single week on Spotify, and that’s an honor the 18-year-old superstar grabs from…herself. The third official single taken from the singer’s debut album Sour was streamed more than 84 million times globally in the tracking week that ended on May 27. That’s several million plays ahead of the previous record-holder, which came from the same artist.
Before this week, the record for the song with the most plays on Spotify in a single week was held by Rodrigo’s previous smash “Drivers License,” which fronted Sour and conquered charts earlier this year. That track became the first in the platform’s history to rack up at least 80 million streams in one seven-day tracking period, and it earned its spot in the history books back in the first few days of 2021.
At the moment, Rodrigo claims the top two spots on the ranking of which songs have accrued the largest stream counts on Spotify in a single week. The teen sensation’s new chart-toppers both bested the previous record holder, Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” which became the first track to earn 70 million plays on the site in a seven-day stretch back in 2019.
Incredible streaming numbers helped propel both “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U” to the top of weekly charts all around the world, including in both the U.S. and the U.K. Yesterday, Billboard announced that Rodrigo’s first collection Sour had also performed well enough to open at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and it was thanks in part to a historically-high streaming sum, as the 11 songs on the album racked up an incredible 300 million streams.