Initial Stream: Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, Lil Nas X

It takes about 15 seconds for Olivia Rodrigo to dismiss any doubts that her significantly-predicted…

It takes about 15 seconds for Olivia Rodrigo to dismiss any doubts that her significantly-predicted debut album, Sour, is going to be magnificent: by the time opening track “Brutal” pivots absent from its austere string intro, Rodrigo declares “I want it to be, like, messy,” and fuzzed-out guitars kick off a go-for-broke rock anthem, the new celebrity has listeners in the palm of her hand. Rodrigo had lofty expectations to meet up with thanks to “Drivers License” summarily conquering the planet earlier this year, and her very first album exceeds them, many thanks to the Disney star’s mix of songwriting panache, sonic adventurousness and difficult-not-to-enjoy charm unabashedly and efficiently, Sour stakes its claim as the pop album of the year so much.