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Olivia Rodrigo’s Highly Anticipated Album ‘Guts’ Set to Make a Big Debut

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Analyzing the Potential Success of Olivia Rodrigo’s Sophomore Album

In this exclusive report, we delve into the highly anticipated sophomore album from pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo and explore its potential for success. With her debut album “Sour” making waves in the music industry and earning critical acclaim, all eyes are now on “Guts” to see if it can surpass its predecessor’s achievements.

Olivia Rodrigo, Guts (Geffen): In an era where new pop stars are few and far between, Olivia Rodrigo has emerged as a remarkable exception. With her debut single “Drivers License” skyrocketing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year, Rodrigo’s career has been nothing short of a phenomenon. Following the success of “Drivers License,” she continued to dominate the charts with her hit single “Good 4 U,” and her debut album “Sour” claimed the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, earning critical acclaim and even Grammy recognition.

Now, Rodrigo returns with her highly anticipated sophomore album, “Guts.” Building on the momentum of her previous successes, the album is already off to a strong start with two Hot 100 top 10 hits, including her third No. 1 single “Vampire.” To further solidify its impact, Rodrigo released an eye-catching music video for her latest single “Get Him Back!” and even performed it live at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Since its release on Friday, “Guts” has been dominating streaming platforms, with six of its 12 tracks still holding strong in the top 10 on Spotify’s Daily Top Songs USA chart. Additionally, four tracks are currently in the daily iTunes Top 10, showcasing the album’s continued popularity. The album is also expected to perform well in terms of sales, with a staggering 13 vinyl variants available, including exclusives for her official store, Amazon, Target, indie retailers, and Walmart. Moreover, there are four CD variants, including an exclusive version for Target, a signed CD available at indie retailers, and two boxed sets featuring a CD and branded merchandise.

With such strong streaming numbers and anticipated sales, it’s highly likely that “Guts” will claim the top spot on the Billboard 200. However, the big question remains: will it surpass the success of “Sour,” which accumulated 295,000 equivalent album units in its first week? While “Guts” has comparable streaming numbers to Rodrigo’s debut album, its shorter tracklist and absence of a deluxe edition may impact its overall volume. Ultimately, the album’s physical sales and day-to-day maintenance will play a crucial role in determining whether “Guts” can surpass the achievements of “Sour.”

In addition to Olivia Rodrigo’s highly anticipated album, there are other notable contenders vying for the top spot on the Billboard 200. BTS member V, known for his baritone voice, released his debut EP “Layover” last Friday. With a variety of CD variants and exclusive releases, V’s album is poised to perform well in terms of physical sales. Furthermore, Tyler Childers’ album “Rustin’ in the Rain” is timely, given the recent crossover success of similar country and Americana genres. With four vinyl variants and three boxed sets available, the album is expected to resonate with fans of this genre.

In the mix is Icelandic jazz-pop singer-songwriter Laufey, who gained recognition through her appearances on The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Her debut album, “Bewitched,” has already garnered attention with a surprise TikTok hit, “From the Start.” Laufey offers various physical formats for sale, including CD, cassette, and exclusive silver nugget vinyl, making her debut album a standout release.

Lastly, it’s important not to overlook Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, “Sour.” Despite being released in May 2021, the album continues to maintain a presence on the Billboard 200, currently sitting at No. 33 in its 120th week. Following the release of “Guts,” “Sour” experienced a 21% increase in streams during the first four days, indicating that Rodrigo’s popularity shows no signs of waning.

As fans eagerly await the chart rankings for the upcoming week, all eyes are on Olivia Rodrigo’s highly anticipated sophomore album, “Guts.” With its strong streaming performance, expected sales, and Rodrigo’s undeniable star power, “Guts” has the potential to surpass the success of “Sour” and solidify Rodrigo’s status as one of the industry’s brightest stars.