Understanding the record-breaking success of Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single, “drivers license”

Source: Olivia Rodrigo, “drivers license”

Today, Olivia Rodrigo’s drivers license debuts at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100, a stunning achievement for any artist, let alone a 17-year-old artist with her debut single. While several artists have started at number one with their first singles, the artists have typically come either from a successful group (Zayn from One Direction, Lauryn Hill from The Fugees) or American Idol (Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, etc.). …

Thoughts about HBO Max’s recent announcement and its impact on the movie industry

Source: Full Circle Cinema

It is hard to overstate the massive impact that the recent HBO Max announcement will have on the movie industry at large. WarnerMedia’s decision to place Wonder Woman 1984 and subsequently, the entirety of the Warner Bros. 2021 lineup on HBO Max (for simultaneous release at no extra cost), is a highly aggressive move in an entertainment landscape still looking for a way forward after a year ravaged by COVID-19.

A number of factors have presumably led to this decision. To start, Tenet, despite Christopher Nolan’s best attempts, did not revive the summer box office. Soon after, audiences failed to…

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