Michael Bublé Sings Olivia Rodrigo’s Orchestral Cover ‘Drivers License’ – Billboard
Michael Bublé just put his own spin on one of the biggest songs of the last year.
Performing live on the BBC, the 46-year-old jazz singer added a new sense of maturity and cinema to Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ – proving you’re never too old to understand tragedy teenage girl losing your boyfriend to another girl.
Standing in a room lit by Rodrigo’s signature color purple, Bublé was accompanied by full string, brass, woodwind and percussion sections – all of which had bright moments throughout the piece. The trumpets weaved together with beautiful counter melodies, the violins added intensity with great eighth note lines, and the chimes rang out clearly during the song’s highlights, effectively transforming one of the greatest anthems for teenagers of this generation into a symphony that could easily mark the turning point. in a dramatic film.
Bublé’s trademark croon floated above the layered instrumentation, and he too made some adjustments to Rodrigo’s original recording. “You’re probably with that blond guy who always made me doubt,” he sings, changing the lyrics to be more personal. “He’s so much smarter than me, he’s everything I’m not sure about.”
The performance comes just as the ‘Feeling Good’ singer is going on tour in support of his 11th studio album Upper, which dropped in March and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. After touring the UK in July, it will make stops in 27 cities across North America in August.
Watch Bublé’s cinematic coverage of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” below: