NEW MUSIC: OLIVIA RODRIGO | THE ROSE SONG (FROM HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE SERIES (SEASON 2)
Olivia Rodrigo fans can rejoice as brand-new music from the Gen-Z pop phenom has been unleashed. Lifted from the "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" is an original track titled "The Rose Song" written and recorded by the teen musician, whose acclaimed debut studio album, "Sour," has dominated the charts in recent weeks. In the upcoming sixth episode of the second season, Rodrigo's character, Nini, pens and performs "The Rose Song" after getting cast as "the Rose" in East High's winter production of "Beauty and the Beast." Months before her monster hit single "Drivers License" earned her viral fame, Rodrigo wrote "The Rose Song" for the sophomore season of the Disney+ spinoff series, which premiered last month after a pandemic-induced delay. While speaking with The Times last year, "High School Musical" showrunner Tim Federle revealed that Rodrigo had written a "pretty extraordinary" song for Season 2. During production on Season 1, Rodrigo penned and performed the show's most popular original, "All I Want," which went gold, charted among the Billboard Hot 100 and streamed more than 537 million times worldwide.