Being a teenager is no bed of roses, as Olivia Rodrigo makes bitingly clear in her new song “Brutal.” The video is packed with loving references to turn-of-the-century style, updated with nods to modern problems.
Beyond the song’s themes, things are going pretty well for Rodrigo these days. Via Billboard:
Rodrigo’s “Brutal” music video continues her 2021 winning streak. The video is currently trending at No. 1 on YouTube Music after the angst-heavy single has so far reached a high of No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and secured the top spot on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. Her debut album, Sour, by extension, had all 11 of its songs simultaneously enter the Top 30 of the Hot 100 songs chart, making her the first female artist in the chart’s history to do so.
Eagle-eyed viewers noted a tribute to Britney Spears (shown below).
In the video’s opening scene, the 18-year-old singer is wearing a white one-shoulder Roberto Cavalli dress with a bustier-like top. Now while the whole blue hair and fishnet tights of it all gave the look a punk edge, but it should still look a teeny bit familiar.
Rodrigo is scheduled to perform for her first time ever on MTV Music Awards in September. That paid of for Britney, so let’s hope Olivia can continue cementing her status as a pop diva.
Image: YouTube / Olivia Rodrigo