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Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” Reclaims #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart Amid Ongoing Resonance, “Saturday Night Live” Buzz

“drivers license” took center stage in a buzzy “SNL” sketch.

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Given the song’s ongoing resonance, Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” was likely on its way back to #1 on the US iTunes sales chart regardless.

A buzzy “Saturday Night Live” sketch, however, may have accelerated its return.

“drivers license” reclaimed #1 at around 5PM ET Sunday. The global phenomenon specifically seized the throne from BTS’ “Inner Child” (which rose to #1 as fans celebrated its one-year anniversary), but its journey back to #1 also meant leapfrogging songs like Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity (featuring Dr. Dre & Queen Pen).”

Songs like “Rise Up,” “No Diggity,” Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” and The Temptations’ “My Girl” have made huge iTunes gains this month, driven in part by discounted pricing.

Airing late on the night of Rodrigo’s 18th birthday, the “SNL” sketch found guest host Regé-Jean Page and numerous cast members comedically discussing (and celebrating) the “drivers license” phenomenon.

A force on streaming and sales platforms, “drivers license” is also soaring up the radio charts. It officially hits #2 on this week’s Mediabase pop chart, while taking #7 on the hot adult contemporary listing.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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