“For me, this album is about growing pains and trying to figure out who I am at this point in my life,” Rodrigo said in a press release about her new album. “I feel like I grew 10 years between the ages of 18 and 20—it was such an intense period of awkwardness and change. I think that’s all just a natural part of growth, and hopefully, the album reflects that.” Rodrigo once again worked on the album with producer Dan Nigro.
“Vampire” is Rodrigo’s first single since the release of her debut Sour in 2021, which established her as a pop force to be reckoned with. It resulted in two #1 singles and a number of other top 10 hits, and she won three Grammys after it, including one for Best New Artist.
Be sure to watch the captivating music video for “Vampire,” the latest single by Olivia Rodrigo following her remarkable debut with “Sour” in 2021. Directed by Petra Collins, who previously helmed the visually stunning “Good 4 U” video, this new release showcases Rodrigo’s growth and artistry.
In the powerful track, Rodrigo fearlessly directs pointed words toward an unnamed recipient, expressing her frustrations with lyrics like, “Bloodsucker, fame fucker, bleedin’ me dry like a goddamn vampire.”
However, for the clean version of the song, “fame fucker” is replaced with “dream crusher,” and “goddamn” is toned down to “damn.” Collaborating with Daniel Nigro, who also worked on her debut, Rodrigo crafted “Vampire” to deliver a raw and intense musical experience.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Rodrigo delved into the inspiration behind the song. Reflecting on her upbringing, she revealed her affinity for heavier music and how it influences her creative expression.
She explained, “In music, you have the freedom to express feelings that you don’t get to express in your everyday life. And so I think maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to this because I don’t get to be messy every day in daily life and work.”
Rodrigo’s highly anticipated next album, “Guts,” is slated for release on September 8 via Geffen Records. Describing the album’s theme as “growing pains” and self-discovery, Rodrigo elaborated in press materials, stating, “I feel like I grew 10 years between the ages of 18 and 20—it was such an intense period of awkwardness and change. I think that’s all just a natural part of growth, and hopefully, the album reflects that.”
Following her triumphant wins at the 2022 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance, Rodrigo continued to captivate audiences.
She graced Disney+ with two specials, “Sour Prom” and the documentary “Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film).” On tour, Rodrigo became a vocal advocate for abortion rights after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Additionally, she had remarkable collaborations, such as performing “Deja Vu” and “Uptown Girl” with Billy Joel, inducting Alanis Morissette into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, singing “Torn” with Natalie Imbruglia, and performing “You’re So Vain” at Carly Simon’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Earlier this year, Rodrigo hinted at new music in a Twitter video featuring Daniel Nigro, building anticipation among her devoted fanbase.