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Olivia Rodrigo Unveils ‘Vampire,’ First Single From New LP GUTS

Album will be released on Sept. 8
Olivia Rodrigo
(Credit: Larissa Hofmann)

Earlier this week, Olivia Rodrigo revealed her plans to release her sophomore album, GUTS, on Sept. 8. As promised, Rodrigo has now unveiled “Vampire,” the album’s first single.

In a statement, Rodrigo said the song is about a toxic relationship that can drain energy from the rest of your life.

“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 said. “It’s a song about feeling confused and hurt, and at first I thought it was meant to be a piano ballad. But when [producer] Dan [Nigro] 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.”


Nigro also produced Rodrigo’s debut album, SOUR, which went 4x platinum in the U.S. and featured two No. 1 singles in “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” The artist won three Grammys in 2022 for best new artist, best pop vocal album, and best pop solo performance.