Charlie Puth spoke with Billboard recently and revealed what was going on behind the scenes surrounding his hit song with rapper Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again”.
“I don’t know if a lot of people know this, I wasn’t supposed to be in the video,” Puth tells Billboard. “I wasn’t supposed to be on the song; I was only supposed to be a writer on the song. I was a brand new artist, I wasn’t cool enough to be part of the franchise yet, I wasn’t big enough, but I proved everybody who was close-minded wrong. Everyone on my record label stuck beside me and my management.
It all came to a head for the baby-faced crooner after a conference call with label executives.
“I’ll never forget I ended up calling them from around this big conference table on the phone, and they were explaining the reasons why it was going to be sung by this artist and blah, blah blah, I’m not going to name any names, but… I said, ‘That’s great. Your movie comes out in a week and I’m not gonna give you the song.’ And I hung up the phone and when I said that miraculously I was in the music video.”
Ever the bigger person, Puth states there are no hard feeling from this situation.
“I don’t hold any grudges,” Puth says. “I’m actually really good friends with everybody who didn’t necessarily believe in me at first, I’ve worked on projects with them since then and everything is all good now but, you know, I had to prove myself.”
Thanks to Puth pulling this power move, he was able to jump-start his singing career into a bigger sphere. After the release of Furious 7, the song became a viral hit acquiring 3 billion views on YouTube. Puth initially gained his fan-base from his YouTube account singing covers and originals. He later signed with Ellen Degeneres‘ label after she watched his cover of Adele‘s “Someone Like You”.
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