Pop Quiz: Charlie Puth


Aidin Vaziri | Charlie Puth has come a long way from uploading dorm room videos of himself singing Adele songs on YouTube. In just four years, the New Jersey native has gone from a viral sensation to bona fide pop star. He’s an in-demand songwriter and producer with two of the year’s biggest hits under his belt — “See You Again,” his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa from the “Furious 7” soundtrack, and “Marvin Gaye,” his duet with Meghan Trainor — and more to come with artists like Trey Songz, Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne. We spoke with Puth, 23, a Berklee College of Music graduate, ahead of his show with Trainor at the Masonic

Q: Do you realize how many old people with satellite radio displays you’re confusing by calling your new single “Marvin Gaye”?

A: I know, even my dad thought I changed my name to Marvin Gaye for the radio. If they just wait five seconds and let the title scroll over to the right you can see, “PUTH.”

Q: We should make it clear you’re not actually comparing yourself to Marvin Gaye. What’s the song really about?

A: No, what’s interesting is that I wasn’t even thinking of Marvin Gaye when I wrote the song. I always associated his brilliant records with having a good time. So I wrote the record that I could have a good time to!

Q: You met Meghan Trainor at a party. Were you trying to pick up on her?

A: I didn’t even know she was going to be at the party. I was so surprised when I saw her there — some of my boyish charm may have come out when I talking to her, though. Maybe that was the prelude to our kiss in the music video.

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