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Olivia Rodrigo’s Emotional SNL Performances

To quote her latest single “Good 4 U”, Olivia Rodrigo‘s career is taking off big time and in addition to her new single and video release, the 18-year old singer/songwriting sensation showed her wares as this week’s Saturday Night Live musical guest.

The day before performing alongside SNL guest host Keegan-Michael Key, Rodrigo released an edgy music video for her new single, “Good 4 U,” the same day the second season of her TV series premiered on Disney+, and just days after she sang her viral hit “Drivers License” and met Taylor Swift at the Brit Awards. “Good 4 U,” is pop-punk anthem in which the singer flies into a fiery rage against her boyfriend: “Good for you, I guess you moved on really easily / You found a new girl, and it only took a couple weeks / Remember when you said that you wanted to give me the world?” “Good for you, I guess that you’ve been working on yourself / I guess that therapist I found for you, she really helped / Now you can be a better man for your brand new girl.” 

The emo-influenced music video, which has already received over 4.8 million views on YouTube, compliments the song’s vengeful sound and in a heartbreaking quest to burn it all down, the 18-year-old singer goes shopping for a giant tank of fuel while wearing a cheerleading uniform and black latex gloves.  The video also includes visual references to vengeful mean girls from cult classic teen films including “The Princess Diaries” and “Jennifer’s Body,” a 2009 horror film starring Megan Fox as a cannibalistic, demonic cheerleader who preys on her male classmates. In the chorus, she sings, “Good for you, you look happy and healthy / Not me, if you ever cared to ask.” “God, I wish I could do that / I’ve lost my mind, I’ve spent the night / Crying on the floor of my bathroom / But you’re so unaffected, I really don’t get it / But I guess good for you.”

Rodrigo’s third single, “Good 4 U,” follows the back-to-back hits “Drivers License” and “Deja Vu”, both of which have a common theme that’s attracted significant social media attention with one person tweeted, “olivia rodrigo going from heartbroken to passive aggressive to absolutely bats— crazy is something I very much relate to,” along with a still picture of Rodrigo grinning straight into the frame, surrounded by flames. Another user captioned a meme of Rodrigo giving a thumbs up in her latex gloves in front of a burning building, “[On my way] to go burn down my exes house cause olivia rodrigo did too <3.”

Rodrigo’s forthcoming album Sour will be released next week and on the same day as the next episode of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

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Author: Luke Traina

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