Charlie Puth is the latest YouTube musician to level up by making some famous mainstream friends. The viral singing sensation just finished laying down a track with Wiz Khalifa for the Furious 7 soundtrack and now he’s teaming up with the HBIC of Bass, Meghan Trainor. Trainor is adding her vocals to Puth’s debut single, the Motown infused “Marvin Gaye,” as well as appearing in the period-perfect music video for the track.
Puth has been making the rounds with cover videos for a while now after first going viral back in 2011. The then 16-year-old singer make a big splash covering Adele’s “Someone Like You” along with Emily Luther in a viral video that would earned the pair a visit to The Ellen Show. Unfortunately this was back in 2011, before Ellen started handing out $10,000 checks to viral sensations. However, the reigning queen of daytime talk did sign Puth and Luther to her emerging artist label ElevenEleven. Since then Puth has gone fairly quiet, releasing only a handful of cover videos on his personal channel. He reportedly left ElevenEleven and he’s now roaring back in a big way.
The team-up with Trainor makes perfect sense. Both young artists share an affinity for old school Motown melodies. The song is an ear worm with a radio ready hook, but I suspect it’s the video that will catapult Puth’s debut onto the Billboard charts. The video features an appearance by Trainor doing what she does best, making the best of yesteryear sound totally contemporary. The video also ends on a surprise lip lock between the two singers. The two are currently on tour together, leaving fans with plenty to gossip about.
Will a slick collab with one of today’s most bankable stars be enough to push Charlie Puth to chart topping success? We’ll have to wait and see, but our money is on yes.
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