Olivia Rodrigo, already a three-time Grammy winner at the age of 20, is back with her latest album, GUTS, proving as always, she’s definitely got ‘em.
Olivia Rodrigo's latest, GUTS was made in collaboration with producer Daniel Nigro, known for his work on her chart-topping debut album, SOUR, which went 4x platinum. While some of the songs took shape at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City, most of the album came to life in Nigro's garage studio in Los Angeles. Throughout the record, Rodrigo continues to pour her raw emotions into her songs, but she also explores new dimensions of her songwriting.
One of the album's lead singles, "vampire" made quite a splash on Spotify, setting a record for the biggest debut by a solo artist in 2023. Rodrigo also achieved a rare feat by debuting lead singles from two career-opening albums at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in part to her 5x Platinum debut single, "Drivers License." Notably, Rodrigo is the youngest artist in Hot 100 history to debut three hits at No. 1, and SOUR holds the title for the fastest album in history to have all its songs certified RIAA Platinum.
In her own words, Rodrigo describes GUTS as an exploration of "growing pains" and a journey to discover her identity and voice in her songs. Following "vampire," the album's next track, "bad idea right?," which takes a lively look at the irresistible allure of rekindling a past romance, despite better judgment. Rodrigo, at just 20 years old, skillfully narrates her inner turmoil with humor and honesty, showcasing her knack for crafting compelling narratives.
"'bad idea right?' started as a joke song about hooking up with an ex-boyfriend, but it turned into something more meaningful," Rodrigo explains. "We experimented with various elements, including a chorus where my voice gradually escalates into what sounds like an instrument in the background."
The music video for "bad idea right?" is another collaboration between Rodrigo and director Petra Collins, who previously worked on videos for "vampire," "Good 4 U," and "Brutal." Inspired by early-'90s B-movie horror-comedies, the video follows Rodrigo on a surreal, absurd, and at times harrowing journey to her ex's house. It premiered on MTV Live, MTVU, MTV Biggest Pop, and the Paramount Times Square billboards, capturing the song's lively spirit in visual form.
This highly anticipated release offers fans multiple ways to enjoy the music, including a limited-edition boxset with exclusive album artwork on a black hoodie and a sticker sheet. The vinyl version of GUTS is available in four distinct colors (red, white, blue, and purple), exclusively at Rodrigo's online store. There are multiple exclusive CD versions as well.