“I Guess this is Growing Up”

Analysis of Pop-Punk’s Regained Popularity and Its Shift From Bands to Personas


  • Nicolas Ruth University of Music and Theatre Munich, Germany
  • Christoph Jacke Paderborn University, Germany




Pop-punk, Popular Musical Personas, Solo Artists, Social Media, Transmedia, TikTok


This research article examines the transformation of pop-punk from bands to solo artists and how the genre regained popularity due to new popular personalities and the transmedia engagement in social media and with established media. Through a three-pronged approach, this study adopts phenomenological, theoretical, and empirical perspectives to understand the transition and regained popularity fully. The phenomenological angle delves into the case studies of musicians, revealing key factors behind the shift to solo artists in pop-punk. Theoretical explanations contextualize the phenomenon within broader cultural frameworks, considering industry and transmedia dynamics, audience preferences, and technological advancements. Empirical evidence, including statistical data from social media profiles, quantifies the impact of the shift. This study contributes to a comprehensive understanding of pop-punk's transformation, offering an exploration of its past, present, and future within the ever-evolving music industries and transmedia landscapes.


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How to Cite

“I Guess this is Growing Up”: Analysis of Pop-Punk’s Regained Popularity and Its Shift From Bands to Personas. (2024). Persona Studies, 10(1), 99-110. https://doi.org/10.21153/psj2024vol10no1art1866