When Charlie Puth released his first single, “See You Again” (with Wiz Khalifa), back in 2015, he was only 23 years old, but he had the vocal skills of a soul or R&B singer with decades of experience. It comes as no surprise, then, that for his latest single, “If You Leave Me Now”, he’s teamed up with the one-and-only Boyz II Men. For a bit of perspective, it’s worth noting that Boyz II Men formed in 1985, and had two singles (“Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”) reach the top 5 in 1991 – the year Puth was born. Safe to say, Charlie Puth has always been an artist with talent and soul beyond his years, but he’s been able to bring that sound to modern top 40 listeners.
“If You Leave Me Now” is an a capella track, where the harmonies take center stage. If you’ve heard his recent singles “Attention” and “How Long”, you may note a common theme, and in fact Puth recently confirmed on Twitter that the three recently-released songs “tell a chronological story. This new song is a small chapter, and the next big chapter comes in a couple months time. And so on…”
If you like what you hear, you’re in luck, as Charlie Puth also recently announced a summer tour with Hailee Steinfeld. The tour will begin on July 11 in Toronto, ON and wrap up on September 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida. More information and a full list of dates are available here.
Unfortunately, the release of Puth’s sophomore album Voicenotes (the follow-up to 2016’s Nine Track Mind) has been delayed; in a recent Tweet he said, “I’m producing this album all myself and with that comes a lot of work, and in my opinion, the album is not perfect yet. However, it will still come out this year, and soon.” No new release date has been announced, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop with any updates. Be sure to follow Substream on Twitter so you don’t miss a headline!