Olivia Rodrigo Premieres 'Can't Catch Me Now' at 2023 Jingle Ball, LA



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Olivia Rodrigo Premieres 'Can't Catch Me Now' at 2023 Jingle Ball, LA
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In a dazzling display of talent and charisma, Olivia Rodrigo captivated the audience at iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball in Inglewood, California. On Friday night, December 1, Rodrigo graced the stage at the Kia Forum, presenting for the first time her new song, "Can't Catch Me Now." This performance marked a significant milestone in her rapidly ascending career.

Before delving into her performance, Rodrigo engaged with the crowd, asking, "So, has anybody watched The Hunger Games?" Her question set the stage for the unveiling of "Can't Catch Me Now," a ballad written specifically for the newest addition to the Hunger Games film saga, "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes." This film, featuring Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth in lead roles, served as the perfect backdrop for Rodrigo's musical contribution.

The song, a harmonious blend of poignant lyrics and Rodrigo's signature vocal style, has already made its mark, reaching No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Rodrigo's Chart-Topping Mix

The Jingle Ball performance came just months after the release of Rodrigo's sophomore album, "Guts," which debuted at the pinnacle of the Billboard 200 chart in September.

Her setlist in Los Angeles was a mix of new and familiar, blending tracks from "Guts," such as "All-American B****," "Get Him Back!" and "Vampire," with hits from her debut album "Sour." Classics like "Deja Vu," "Drivers License," "Brutal," and "Good 4 U" resonated with the audience, reaffirming her status as a pop sensation.

Rodrigo's performance was part of a star-studded lineup at the Jingle Ball, which also featured artists like Sabrina Carpenter, Niall Horan, and Flo Rida. Each performance added to the festive atmosphere, making it a night to remember for music enthusiasts.

For those who missed the live experience, clips of Rodrigo singing "Can't Catch Me Now," as well as other highlights from her performance, are available for viewing. These snippets capture the essence of her dynamic presence and the captivating nature of her music, offering a glimpse into the talent that has propelled Olivia Rodrigo to the forefront of the contemporary music scene.