You're not alone if you've been blaring Olivia Rodrigo's GUTS album in your room and your dad sings "Get Him Back!" too enthusiastically.
In an interview with People magazine, the 20-year-old singer said her angsty pop-punk songs about teenage strife and the sorrow of being pure at heart are reaching admirers beyond Gen Z.“I actually think that I'm really excited by the way that people are getting behind artists that normally would be deemed for young people,” she told the magazine.
I love engaging with fans my age and individuals going through the problems I'm going through in real time, but it's also great to hear those girls' dads say, ‘Wow, I remember when I was going through that heartbreak.’”
According to Rodrigo, her Grammy-winning Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 breakthrough track “Drivers License” appealed to a wider audience than first-lovers her age. “I remember when that came out, people from all walks of life would just come up to me and say, ‘I remember exactly where I was experiencing that heartbreak for the first time,'” Rodrigo
Said of the 2021 hit. “Seeing that we’re more alike than different is so cool. It reduces my isolation. Wow, my experiences aren't that different. Everyone has felt pain, loss, and insecurity.
Rodrigo, whose sophomore album, GUTS, topped the Billboard 200 album chart in its first week, was pleased that her songs are making “people are starting to take teenage girl music a little more seriously, which I’m really happy about.”
It's not only dads, says The Daily Beast (pay-walled). Maria Sherman, an AP writer, told the site that she's noticed another recent change in the demo's obsession with Rodrigo's music that expands his reach.
“We’re seeing that conversation evolve where it’s accepted that people of all ages, particularly older women, do relate to and feel for Olivia Rodrigo, and now men do too,” she added. "Not to say they weren't listening, but I've seen this conversation come up often."
The Beast calls these young men “Rodri-Bros” as they sing along to the singer's emo romantic ruin stories. One man, 35-year-old Brooklynite Jeff, claimed he liked it because of "Gen Z of it all." That generation fascinates me.
I've realized in recent years that I'm no longer a youthful, fun, progressive millennial. Her music is open, mature, and vulnerable, which I think is typical of Gen Z.”
Rodrigo's blend of pop songcraft and homage to late '90s and early '00s bands like My Chemical Romance, Paramore, and Dashboard Confessional may have also appealed to these guys.
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