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You might not have known Olivia Rodrigo a couple of years ago, but I’d venture you do now. After releasing her debut single, “Drivers License” last year, Olivia catapulted into superstardom at the tender age of 17 (aka the same age pop icons like Taylor Swift and Lorde earned widespread fame for the first time).
Now that Olivia’s song—and critically acclaimed debut album, Sour—is EVERYWHERE, especially after winning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album this year, surely she must be making $$$$, right? The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Also yes, but Olivia actually made quite a bit of ka-ching before “Drivers License” ever hit your playlist thanks to starring in a few Disney Channel shows when she was younger.
The exact contents of Olivia’s bank account are a bit obscure (because she basically became hella famous overnight), but don’t worry—I have invoked the spirit of Sherlock Holmes to figure out her net worth. Onward!
Olivia first started raking in major dough on Disney Channel
Olivia has had starring roles on two Disney programs—Bizaardvark (2016 to 2019) and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019 to 2021). Although the details of Olivia’s contract with Bizaardvark were never released, we do have an estimation on what her earning potential for the show was.
Ethan Whacker, one of Olivia’s costars, made more than $375,000 during the first two seasons (41 episodes) of the show. TMZ also reported that if Ethan were contracted for two additional seasons, he could make another $400,000, raises included. Mind you, Ethan wasn’t even the main character of the show—but Olivia was, which means she made serious bucks during Bizaardvark’s three seasons for playing Paige Olvera.
It’s also unclear what the actors in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series made, but based off Miley Cyrus’s, Cole and Dylan Sprouse’s, and Rowan Blanchard’s earnings for their respective Disney shows, we can guess that Olivia made anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 per episode. *cries in poor*
She’s had roles *outside* of Disney too
Olivia has the MF range, mmkay? Before getting into Disney, she starred in an American Girl movie titled Grace Stirs Up Success.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, Olivia also made a brief appearance in a 2017 episode of New Girl!! Peep her acting chops:
Let’s talk about “Drivers License,” shall we?
At the moment, “Drivers License” has racked up nearly 1.4 billion streams on Spotify—yes, you read that right—and more than 370 million views on YouTube since its release. These numbers are great for Olivia’s bank account, considering streams + views = 💸💸💸. These figures are only expected to keep climbing, too, since Billboard says Olivia has one of the most dominant Hot 100 hits of the past 30 years.
Even the people at Spotify were stunned at how well the song did. “We’ve never seen anything like this, where you do have a newer artist that just comes out of the gate in such a dominant way and just continues to grow,” Spotify’s Global Hits Lead Becky Bass told Billboard. “I mean, we were like, ‘Whoa, these first-day numbers are huge!’ And then they were bigger the second day, bigger the third day…so it really feels unprecedented and likely is unprecedented.”
And as for Sour, the numbers don’t lie. Forbes reported that the album ended its first week with 295,000 total U.S. units (which, yes, includes track streams and track sales).
Of course, Olivia Rodrigo merch is now a thing!
Every good album needs equally good merch to go with it, amirite or amirite? Olivia’s line of products—which includes T-shirts, hoodies, keychains, phone wallets, hats, and more—has been selling like hotcakes. In other words, sign up for her newsletter to know when her swag restocks.
So, what is Olivia’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Olivia is worth $5 million dollars now. Homegirl has faaar more money than I ever had at 19, so I’m gonna (a) continue feeling financially inadequate and (b) figure out how to become an overnight pop sensation. Whichever comes first!
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