It’s good to be Charlie Puth right now. Puth is the brightest young star on the planet. His collaboration with Wiz Khalifa on “See You Again” was not only a fitting way to commemorate the late Paul Walker’s passing, but it also became one of the year’s biggest singles to date.
“See You Again,” featured in the hit movie “Furious 7,” spent an impressive 11 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the song of summer. Walker’s death occurred during the filming of the highly successful movie franchise’s seventh installment. Walker was a key figure in the film’s successful run. The song is a perfect way to honor his legacy.
Wiz Khalifa is a pretty well-known rapper, but up until now Puth was relatively an unknown in the music business. However, on the internet it was a different story. Puth was a YouTube star, having gained quite a bit of notoriety for his covers of other people’s songs.
Puth’s straight-laced style and pretty boy looks helped fuel the buzz of his YouTube videos. He ultimately landed a deal with Atlantic Records.
Puth and Khalifa seemed like an unlikely match-up, but the two stars worked together perfectly. They co-penned the track as well as performing it.
Puth has capitalized on the success of “See You Again,”?releasing yet another movie soundtrack song, “Nothing But Trouble,” for the soundtrack to the Documentary “808.” This time, Puth teamed with Lil Wayne.
The demand for an album from Puth is expectedly high. To appease his legions of new fans, the singer dropped the EP “Some Type Of Love.”
I have to admit, I was one of those patiently waiting to see and hear just what this multi-talented kid had in store for us next. His star has only begun to shine.
The first track was yet another collaboration. The song, “Marvin Gaye,” features last year’s breakthrough artist Meghan Trainor. Trainor burst onto the scene in fall 2014 with the infectious “All About That Bass,” which topped the Hot 100 for eight weeks.
Trainor’s no stranger to the throwback, doo-wop sounds of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Her music taps into the familiarity of a bygone era, but her lyrics are very much present-day. That’s what makes “Marvin Gaye” so much fun.
The music to “Marvin Gaye” is different than almost anything on Top 40 radio stations, but the lyrics are what commanded my attention. Only seasoned music lovers could pick up on the numerous Gaye references.
“Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on/You got the feeling that I want/Just like they say in the song/Until the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on ...”
Puth and Trainor complement each other perfectly. We just might hear through the grapevine someday soon some Grammy nominations for Puth, perhaps Best New Artist. Or, an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “See You Again.”

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