Charlie Puth and his ‘Nine Track Mind’ visit the Bay Area


Adriana Ramirez

Charlie Puth greets an excited fan at a signing of his new debut album, “Nine Track Mind,” at the Shops of Tanforan Mall on Feb. 2.

Charlie Puth

Adriana Ramirez, Staff Writer

Charlie Puth placed smiles on people’s faces and warmed their hearts when he greeted them on Feb. 2 at the shops at Tanforan.

This successful gathering, full of excitement and life, was due to his new debut album, “Nine Track Mind,” released on Jan. 29.

You may know him from his spectacular collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again,” appearing in the “Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Or you may have seen his performance at the 2015 AMA’s, singing his hit single “Marvin Gaye,” ending with a shocking public display of affection with his featured singing partner, Meghan Trainor.

However, Puth shouldn’t just be seen as a one-hit wonder, nor as “that guy who made out with Meghan Trainor on live television.” He is a truly talented young artist, as seen in his new album, “Nine Track Mind.”

Puth started off his music career by making a YouTube channel back in 2009, posting acoustic covers. Due to the growing popularity of his videos, he was recognized by people like Ellen DeGeneres.

By 2015, he signed with the record label Atlantic. In February 2015, Puth released his debut single “Marvin Gaye,” featuring 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.

Not only is Puth a phenomenal singer, but he is also a great songwriter. He wrote, co-produced, and was featured in Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” as a tribute to the late Paul Walker.

This song touched many, with over one billion views on YouTube, because of how well it connected the storyline of the movie, “Furious 7,” and Paul Walker’s passing.

Puth’s soothing voice also added to the emotional appeal of the song, just as it did to the songs in his new album.

“One Call Away,” which was Puth’s second single from “Nine Track Mind,” demonstrated how his voice is so pure and comforting.

He did not lack as a songwriter either; he wrote one-of-a-kind lyrics like, “When you’re weak, I’ll be strong,” and, “I’ll be there to save the day. Superman got nothing on me.”

He is the complete package of a great artist.

In addition to the signing he did at Tanforan, on the “Nine Track Mind” tour, he will stop in San Francisco, following in places like Los Angeles and Dallas.

Yet another collaboration was also added to “Nine Track Mind:” “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” featuring Selena Gomez. With similarly soothing voices, Gomez and Puth made a great harmony and in turn, a great song. Due to Gomez’s rise in popularity from her new album, it enhanced his popularity among the young adult audience.

Some of the lyrics to this song go: “Should’ve known your love is a game. Now I can’t get you out of my brain. Oh, it’s such a shame that we don’t talk anymore.”

I can’t get this whole album out of my head, but it is no shame.

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