This is now an Olivia Rodrigo Stan account
This week, rising star Olivia Rodrigo released her highly anticipated debut album and we got a first proper glimpse at the FRIENDS reunion. Here's what I've been loving over the last seven days:
Unless you've been living under a rock since January, you'll probably be quite familiar with American actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo. The 18-year-old songwriter and Disney alum has wowed music fans all over the globe with her critically acclaimed debut album Sour. A story of romance and heartache through the eyes of a teen, this alt-pop and pop-punk record has already had a pretty impressive reception, scoring the biggest opening day streams on Spotify so far this year with over 60 million. Rodrigo drew inspiration from her favourite genres and singers, most recognisably Taylor Swift who features as a writer on the album's fourth track 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back. The youngster's headstrong vulnerability and immense talent for songwriting prove to be her greatest strengths, with many listeners being able to relate to the emotional angst and heartbreak she sings about. You've probably already listened to Sour but just for good measure, go back to your favourite music platform and do it again. Rodrigo is the new face of "Gen Z pop" and this album could just be one of the best 2021 has to offer.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Keeping with the Olivia Rodrigo theme, I binge-watched this series in half a day and I've got to say, it was a day well spent. Despite the bulky title, this Disney+ musical drama is the perfect level of cheese, nostalgia and catchy tunes. A mockumentary homage to the smash-hit DCOM of the same name, the series follows a group of students at a fictionalised version of the school where the movie was filmed. The eager theatre lovers go wild when their new drama teacher announces they'll be putting on a performance of High School Musical: The Musical (hence the title of the show). And like all teens at high school, the drama isn't just found on the stage. Break-ups, new relationships, old feelings and friendships make up the majority of the plot, but, unlike the original musical series, there's no random bursting into song in the middle of the school cafeteria. The music featured in the show is genuinely impressive, and the talents of the cast make each episode a lot of fun. Season Two just started last week so you've only got to watch 12 episodes to follow Nini and Ricky's rocky love story - they're very much the Troy and Gabriella of the show. You can watch High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Are you Team Godzilla or Team Kong? This new addition to Legendary's MonsterVerse pits two of the biggest and most loved Titans against each other in the most epic battle yet. Without giving away too many spoilers, the film follows a group of researchers who try to lure Kong into the Hollow Earth to find a power source for a weapon to stop Godzilla's bizarre rampages. Fans of the classic Titan action that this franchise presents will really enjoy Godzilla vs. Kong as the fight scenes between the giant monsters are absolutely class. The movie ignores character development and human interaction to focus on the gritty conflict and it's a big spectacle that pays off. There's already discussion about continuing the MonsterVerse (Son of Kong is one title that has been mentioned) however there's nothing set in stone yet. You can watch Godzilla vs. Kong in your local cinema (!) or you can rent the film on Amazon Prime.