Charles Otto “Charlie” Puth Jr. (/puːθ/; born December 2, 1991) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer.
Puth’s initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube. He subsequently gained wider recognition for multiple successful releases, including his debut single “Marvin Gaye”, which featured vocals from Meghan Trainor. The song topped charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Puth wrote, co-produced and performed with Wiz Khalifa on the song “See You Again”, included in the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to the late Paul Walker.
Puth’s debut studio album, Nine Track Mind, was released in January 2016 and was preceded by the single “One Call Away”, which reached the top 20 on the Hot 100.
2009–14: Career beginnings
On January 25, 2012, Puth and Luther performed the song and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Puth also performed at an event supporting DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, in October 2012. Puth left eleveneleven in late 2012.
On October 23, 2013, he released his second independent extended play, Ego, to streaming online. Puth was credited with the production and writing of songs and jingles for fellow YouTube personalities. He wrote the theme song for Shane Dawson’s Shane and Friends podcast and skits, the intro jingle for the videos of the Vlogger family the Shaytards, the original theme song for Charles Trippy’s vlog Internet Killed Television, and a song for the tour and movie of YouTube group Our 2nd Life, as well as several singles for Our 2nd Life member Ricky Dillon. In 2014 he released the promotional single “L.U.V.” The music video was directed by Andrew Vallentine In the same year, he co-wrote the song “Celebrate” on Pitbull’s eighth studio album Globalization.
2015–present: Nine Track Mind
Puth at St. Jean Sur Richelieu Balloon Festival in 2015
In early 2015, Puth signed with Atlantic and his previous records were removed from iTunes. In February 2015, Puth released his debut single “Marvin Gaye”, which features guest vocals from Meghan Trainor. The single has been certified 2× Platinum in Australia, topped the charts in New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Puth wrote, co-produced, and was featured on a song with Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again”, a tribute to the late Paul Walker, included in the Furious 7 soundtrack. While Khalifa wrote the rap lyrics, the rest of the song has been credited to Puth. The song peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart for 12 non-consecutive weeks. “See You Again” was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It was also shortlisted for the Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. He produced the song “Slow Motion” for Trey Songz and has arranged sessions with Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne.
Puth starred as Meghan Trainor’s love interest in the music video of “Dear Future Husband”. In the synopsis, she meets Puth on the online dating service and he comes to Trainor’s home with a carryout pizza, which succeeds in impressing Trainor. The video ends with Trainor smiling and inviting Puth into her home. On May 1, 2015, Puth released a five-song extended play, Some Type of Love. In June 2015, he released the promotional single “Nothing but Trouble” with Lil Wayne, from the soundtrack to the documentary 808: The Movie. During 2015, Puth worked on several albums of other artists. He co-wrote and produced the “Broke” and “Pull Up” for Jason Derulo’s album Everything Is 4, co-wrote “Bombastic” with Bonnie McKee from the album with the same title, and produced “Working Class Heroes (Work)” on CeeLo Green’s album Heart Blanche. Pre-orders for Puth’s debut studio album Nine Track Mind began on August 20, 2015, along with the second single “One Call Away”. The song peaked at number 12 in the United States, 26 in the United Kingdom and 4 in Australia. As of February 2016, the song has sold 513,700 copies domestically. Puth released a remix for the song, entitled “One Call Away (Coast to Coast Mix)”, featuring American rappers Tyga and Ty Dolla Sign, country recording artist Brett Eldredge and Mexican singer Sofia Reyes.
His debut album, Nine Track Mind, was released on January 29, 2016. The album debuted at number three in the United Kingdom. The album itself peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200, receiving a score of 37 out of 100 on Metacritic, becoming the 15th worst reviewed album on the site. Puth embarked his debut live concert, Nine Track Mind Tour, in March 2016.
In 2016, Puth was the first musician to sign a deal with Deutsch Music.