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Olivia Rodrigo Splits With Manager – Billboard

Olivia Rodrigo is in search of new management, sources tell Billboard.

The 18-year-old breakout star parted with Camp Far West Management founder Kristen Smith earlier this month, sources say, and is actively seeking new representation. Rodrigo’s publicist did not respond to comment at time of publishing. Smith also did not respond to comment. Hits first reported the news.

Since starting her career as a Disney Channel star — including the latest High School Musical series, for which she has co-written songs — over the last year, Rodrigo has become a household name. Her debut officially-promoted single “drivers license,” put out by Geffen/Interscope, shattered records in the first week after its Jan. 8, 2021, release. It broke Spotify’s global record for streams in a given week, soared to No. 1 on Apple Music in 48 countries and debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with the most streams and downloads of any song in the U.S.

Rodrigo’s follow up singles “Deja Vu” (No. 3) and “Good 4 U” (No. 1) made her the first artist in history to have their first three singles debut in the top 10 of the Hot 100. “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U” respectively finished 2021 as the Nos. 2 and 3-most streamed songs in the U.S. according to MRC Data.

Rodrigo released her debut album, SOUR, in May, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it reigned for five non-consecutive weeks. She now has seven Grammy nominations, including in each of the Big Four categories: record, album and song of the year and best new artist. SOUR has earned 3 million equivalent album units in the U.S., according to MRC Data.

“It’s the music, and that’s what people are connecting to, but I think that people believe in her,” John Janick, chairman/CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, told Billboard last May. “She’s the real deal. And that’s why she’s going to be a global superstar who’s going to be around for a long time. Because she gets it — but she also has the drive and wants to win.”

Next month, Rodrigo kicks off her first nationwide tour following all this success, launching April 2 in San Francisco.

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