New Jersey-native Charlie Puth is winning the hearts of America since he appeared on "See You Again" with Wiz Khalifa (which he also wrote and co-produced) and "Marvin Gaye" featuring Meghan Trainor. Now he's all over radio stations, television talk shows, and selling out shows for his tour of his debut-album, Nine Track Mind
. Should fellow pop/acoustic singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, feel threatened that Charlie Puth is the new Ed Sheeran? First off, let's go back to the beginning of their fame.
In 2009, Charlie Puth started a YouTube channel where he posted recorded acoustic covers and ended up winning a video competition hosted by Perez Hilton the following year. After Ellen Degeneres heard his cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" from the competition, she signed him to her record label, eleveneleven. All while he was attending Berklee School of Music (alums include Steven Tyler, John Mayer, and PSY) on a full scholarship. Not bad.
Ed Sheeran dropped out of high school in 2008 at the age of 16 to pursue his music career. In 2011, he independently released an EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project
, which caught the attention of Jamie Foxx and Elton (freaking) John. The same year, he was signed to Asylum Records and released his debut-album, +
, which has since been certified six-times platinum in the UK. If that isn't enough, his fame in the US spread when he appeared on Taylor Swift's album, Red
, and then he got nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013 for "A Team" off his debut album and also performed with ELTON JOHN at the Grammy's that year. I see you, Ed.
Round one winner: Ed Sheeran.
After Charlie Puth graduated from Berklee School of Music, he released the track "See You Again" with Wiz Khalifa, an EP Some Type of Way
(which includes "Marvin Gaye" with Meghan Trainor) and just released his debut-album Nine Track Mind
this year. He was nominated for three Grammy's at this years awards, all for the song "See You Again," but didn't take one home. Ed Sheeran has released two full-albums, +
, has had several nominations and has won numerous awards at bigtime awards shows like People's Choice Awards, American Music Awards, BRIT Awards, and Video Music Awards. Not to mention, he took home two Grammy's this year for "Best Solo Pop Performance" and "Song of the Year" (which he won over Puth's "See You Again").
Additional to singing and songwriting, Charlie Puth can play guitar and piano. Ed Sheeran? Well, he can play guitar, bass, drums, cello, piano, and has a record label called Gingerbread Man Records.
Ed Sheeran is also BFFs with Taylor Swift, who's pretty much on top of the pop food chain. So if Puth wants to pull ahead here...he might want to recruit Queen Bey as his new bestie.
So is Charlie Puth the new Ed Sheeran? Absolutely not.
Yet - despite of all these very obvious facts - Charlie Puth seems to be on his way of becoming America's new pop king, but why? We blame it, wholeheartedly, on the boy's charm.
C'mon, he made-out with Meghan Trainor for an awkwardly long time on national television during their American Music Awards performance last year. He performed his hit-track "One Call Away" on Live with Kelly and Michael
and told Kelly Ripa that he wrote all the songs on Nine Track Mind
about her. He called his MOTHER during a radio interview and every girl loves a mama's boy. So, yes, Charlie Puth is charming and has an impressive list of mainstream collaborations.
But he ain't got nothin' on Ed Sheeran - YET.