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Olivia Rodrigo returns with her new single “vampire"

30 June 2023, 11:49 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Olivia Rodrigo returns with her new single “vampire". The track marks the lead single from her anticipated sophomore album GUTS.

"vampire" was produced by and co-written with Daniel Nigro – Rodrigo’s main creative partner on her debut album, SOUR.

“I was upset about a certain situation and went to the studio alone and sat down at the grand piano, and the chords and melody and lyrics just poured out of me – almost like an out-of-body experience,” she recalls. “It’s a song about feeling confused and hurt, and at first I thought it was meant to be a piano ballad. But when Dan and I started working on it, we juxtaposed the lyrics with these big drums and crazy tempo changes. So now it’s like a heartbreak song you can dance to.”

Directed by famed artist/director/photographer Petra Collins, the video for “vampire” made its global broadcast premiere on MTV Live. Collins previously directed the video for Rodrigo’s “brutal” and earned a GRAMMY nomination for her work on the video for the Billboard Hot 100-topping “good 4 u.".

Partly written at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City, GUTS mostly came to life in Nigro’s garage studio in Los Angeles.

“When I was making SOUR, I was so new to the process and also so heartbroken; I’d just sit at the piano for hours and feel overcome with things I needed to express,” says Rodrigo. “But this album was much more about focusing on the craft of songwriting, which sometimes meant not taking myself so seriously and getting a little more tongue-in-cheek with my lyrics. We experimented so much with different approaches to writing and ended up with something that’s much more rock-influenced than anything I’ve done before.”

"vampire" is out now. GUTS arrives on 8 September via Geffen Records.

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