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If you need a breakup song for this summer, olivia rodrigue is everywhere! The “Good 4 U” singer released her first single in two years, “Vampire,” on June 30. The single comes from the announcement of Rodrigo’s second album, entrails, scheduled for September 8. Additionally, Rodrigo released a music video for the single the same day on YouTube, immediately racking up millions of views. Naturally, Rodrigo fans, nicknamed “Livies”, are beyond excited to see Rodrigo return with new music.
Rodrigo exploded onto the music scene in January 2021, when his debut single, “Drivers License”, quickly became the number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100, in addition to a handful of other countries. His first album Sour enjoyed similar success, debuting at number one in 18 countries, including number one on the US Billboard 200. Fellow musicians from Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish were singing Rodrigo’s praises. They weren’t the only ones; At the 2022 Grammy Awards, Rodrigo walked away with 2 awards, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Only time will tell if she does the same thing again with “Vampire” and entrails.
Now that she’s back on the music scene, Livies worships the singer and is gearing up for her new album in September. Similar to how “Drivers License” exploded on TikTok, “Vampire” is getting the same treatment thanks to its fans. Here are some of our favorite reactions to the new song.
Similar to Rodrigo’s debut single, “Vampire” would be about another celebrity breakup, this time with DJ Zach Bia. Whether or not she based the song on her past relationship, fans are already gearing up for it to be their favorite breakup song. However, let’s hope TikTok user @crackmuppet isn’t destined for a breakup when entrails spell.
Petition for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness star Xochitl Gomez will be in an Olivia Rodrigo music video! Recreating Rodrigo’s look from the “Vampire” music video, Gomez gets into the emotion of the new song in his latest TikTok. Considering Gomez also took part in the viral trend involving Lizzy McAlpine’s song “Ceilings,” it’s no surprise she knows how to be dramatic while running in a dress.
Age gaps in celebrity relationships are nothing new. But Rodrigo fans say that upon closer examination of the lyrics to “Vampire,” the song tells an infamously common story about his past relationship with Bia. Rodrigo has yet to confirm what the song is about, but as TikTok shows above, fans are already connecting specific lyric points to moments between the couple. Some even claim that “Vampire” is Rodrigo’s “Dear John”, the song made famous by Taylor Swift that allegedly detailed her relationship with John Mayer. This claim is ironic, given that Swift has the reissue of her album Speak Now which comes out just a week after “Vampire”, on which “Dear John” is featured.
The word vampire will never be the same again. As with any new music from an artist, it may take a moment or two to get used to the new style of their music. But it looks like fans are getting into the song with no problem. As of July 3, the music video has over 18 million videos on YouTube and the song has over 28 million plays on Spotify. Edward Cullen, devour your heart.
The fans are the real winners
Every time an artist returns after being away for a while, the fans win. As Rodrigo ramps up the excitement for his new album, fans are sure to get more singles and music videos, a tour announcement and plenty of new interviews to watch. Maybe if they’re lucky they’ll even see Rodrigo take to the Grammys stage in 2024, winning gold for entrails. But for now, we can at least enjoy “Vampire” and count the days until September 8.