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DRIVERS LIE-CENSE:
THE STORY SO FAR

With Olivia Rodrigo breaking records with Drivers License, the alleged rebuttal from Joshua Bassett is in full throttle.

We haven’t seen this much Disney-related drama since Gabriella told Troy she had to go her own way. But the cast of the Gen-Z show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, have made their way to the top of the charts and the front of the papers. Unless you have been living under a rock or have been muting all your news outlets to avoid Covid/Brexit/Trump updates, you will have seen this addictive spectacle unfold.

Simply put, Olivia Rodrigo, star of HSMTMTS, released a song last week, that hit a Tik-Tok wave and blew up the internet. ‘Drivers License’ has broken record after record, with Spotify updating their Twitter with news every few hours. Right now, it holds the biggest weekly streaming debut on every music platform… Did we mention she is only 17?

But the real showdown started when rumours about the song’s origin, and according to Tik-Tok-ers, the song refers to Olivia’s alleged ex Joshua Bassett and his new flame Sabrina Carpenter. Of course, this accelerated the song’s popularity with everyone living vicariously through the drama.

And now, the plot thickens. Joshua Bassett has released his latest track, as a rumoured refutation, called ‘Lie Lie Lie!’ There has been no confirmation from either side that any of these rumours are true (although there are some pretty great easter eggs in his video *ahem* neon-lit driving scenes *ahem*) , but even if they are not, they have provided a delightful distraction from any more solemn and sober news. They have also provided us with two great new tracks that tell stories rivalling the Bard himself.

Joshua Bassett commented “I wrote ‘Lie Lie Lie’ after I found out someone close to me had been lying about me behind my back for a long time. It always sucks to hear that someone you thought you could trust would throw you under the bus when it benefits them. It happens to all of us, and I think all you can do is seek out people that build you up rather than tear you down.”

Adding fuel to the fire is an understatement, but we are living for it… now we are just waiting for Sabrina Carpenter’s denial/diss track and then the ménage à trois will be complete!

Words by Tori Sharp

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