Olivia Rodrigo Joins Elite Club Thanks to This New Chart Achievement

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Olivia Rodrigo’s “Traitor” ascends to the top 10 of Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart (dated Oct. 9), granting the singer-songwriter entry into an elite group of acts that have notched at least four top 10s on the tally from a debut album.

The ballad, up from No. 12 to No. 10, follows her breakthrough smash “Drivers License,” which spent five weeks at No. 1 beginning in March; “Good 4 U,” which reigned for six weeks starting in July; and “Deja Vu,” which rose to No. 2 in August.

All four tracks are from Rodrigo’s debut LP Sour, which has logged its first 19 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart in the top five and earned 2.35 million equivalent album units to-date, according to MRC Data.

“Olivia is unstoppable at this point,” Erik Bradley, music director at Audacy-owned KNOU Los Angeles and assistant program director/music director at WBBM-FM Chicago, both of which report to the Pop Airplay chart, told Billboard in July.

Mused Ben Davis, Alpha Media pop format captain and operations manager of Pop Airplay panelist WDJX Louisville, Ky., “The data and metrics we see on her are unlike what I’ve seen in a long time.”

To Davis’ point, Rodrigo is the first artist to post at least four Pop Airplay top 10s from a debut album since Lady Gaga, also promoted to radio by Interscope Records, tallied four from The Fame in 2009.

Here’s a look at the acts that have logged such impressive rookie radio runs, all earning four or more Pop Airplay top 10s from a debut U.S. album, dating to the chart’s start in October 1992. Best of all, all but one artist on the list prior to Rodrigo added at least one further Pop Airplay top 10 after their breakthrough sets, led by Justin Timberlake, who has since upped his total to 18. Christina Aguilera and Gaga follow with 14 and 13, respectively. (As for the one act below yet to return to the top 10 following her debut solo set? Fergie still made six subsequent trips to the tier as a member of The Black Eyed Peas.)

Ace of Base, The Sign
“All That She Wants” (No. 1, nine weeks, beginning October 1993), “The Sign” (No. 1, a record 14 weeks, beginning February 1994), “Don’t Turn Around” (No. 1, six weeks, beginning July 1994), “Living in Danger” (No. 7, November 1994); five career top 10s

Hootie & The Blowfish, Cracked Rear View
“Hold My Hand” (No. 2, March 1995), “Let Her Cry” (No. 2, June 1995), “Only Wanna Be With You” (No. 1, two weeks, October 1995), “Time” (No. 5, February 1996); five career top 10s

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
“You Oughta Know” (No. 7, October 1995), “Hand in My Pocket” (No. 4, December 1995), “Ironic” (No. 1, seven weeks, beginning March 1996), “You Learn” (No. 1, seven weeks, beginning July 1996), “Head Over Feet” (No. 1, three weeks, beginning November 1996); seven career top 10s

(Like Jagged Little Pill, Sour has also spun off an additional entry on the Alternative Airplay chart not to appear on Pop Airplay. The former’s “All I Really Want” reached No. 14 on Alternative Airplay in December 1995, while the latter’s “Brutal” hit No. 29 this June.)

Backstreet Boys, Backstreet Boys
“Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” (No. 2, September 1997), “As Long as You Love Me” (No. 3, February 1998), “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” (No. 4, October 1998), “All I Have to Give” (No. 7, March 1999); nine career top 10s

Matchbox 20, Yourself or Someone Like You
“Push” (No. 3, October 1997), “3 AM” (No. 2, April 1998), “Real World” (No. 4, August 1998), “Back 2 Good” (No. 8, March 1999); seven career top 10s

Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera
“Genie in a Bottle” (No. 1, four weeks, beginning September 1999), “What a Girl Wants” (No. 1, two weeks, February 2000), “I Turn to You” (No. 8, June 2000), “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You” (No. 4, October 2000); 14 career top 10s

Justin Timberlake, Justified
“Like I Love You” (No. 4, November 2002), “Cry Me a River” (No. 3, February 2003), “Rock Your Body” (No. 1, four weeks, beginning May 2003), “Señorita” (No. 5, September 2003); 18 career top 10s

Gwen Stefani, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
“Rich Girl,” feat. Eve (No. 4, March 2005), “Hollaback Girl” (No. 1, six weeks, beginning May 2005), “Cool” (No. 10, September 2005), “Luxurious” (No. 10, December 2005); six career top 10s

Fergie, The Dutchess
“London Bridge” (No. 4, September 2006), “Fergalicious” (No. 2, January 2007), “Glamorous,” feat. Ludacris (No. 2, May 2007), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (No. 1, eight weeks, beginning July 2007), “Clumsy” (No. 2, February 2008); five career top 10s

(The three acts above translated their presence at the format in groups into solo success: Timberlake in *NSYNC, Stefani in No Doubt and Fergie in The Black Eyed Peas. *NSYNC came close to making this list, collecting three top 10s from its self-titled debut set in 1998-99.)

Lady Gaga, The Fame
“Just Dance,” feat. Colby O’Donis (No. 1, two weeks, January 2009), “Poker Face” (No. 1, five weeks, beginning April 2009), “LoveGame” (No. 1, two weeks, beginning July 2009), “Paparazzi” (No. 1, two weeks, November 2009); 13 career top 10s

Olivia Rodrigo, Sour
“Drivers License” (No. 1, five weeks, beginning March 2021), “Good 4 U” (No. 1, six weeks, beginning July 2021), “Deja Vu” (No. 2, August 2021), “Traitor” (No. 10 to-date, October 2021); four career top 10s

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