But for Puth, who co-wrote the Furious 7 -closing ballad with DJ Frank E and Khalifa, what's most amazing of all is that he was even featured in the video in the first place. I was a brand new artist, I wasn't cool enough to be part of the franchise yet, I wasn't big enough, but I proved everybody who was close-minded wrong. Everyone on my record label stuck beside me and my management. I said, 'That's great. Your movie comes out in a week and I'm not gonna give you the song. Though Puth would not state to Billboard what artist Universal Pictures had originally wanted to sing "See You Again," earlier this year he told People his vocals on the hook had originally been recorded as a reference possibly for Sam Smith. Mike Knobloch, president of film music and publishing at Universal Pictures, denies Smith was ever discussed for the track. By strong-arming his way onto the song, Puth helped launch his career in a big way, as it was only his second single released on a major label and went on to top the Hot chart for 12 weeks. Puth's career began as a teenage YouTube musician from New Jersey, posting comedy videos and acoustic covers. A couple years on he was signed to Ellen DeGeneres' eleveneleven label after the talk show host saw his cover video of Adele's "Someone like You," but "See You Again" is what helped elevate him to a mainstream level.
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It was hardly a special invitation. Puth was one of more than 50 songwriters — many of them well known — who were asked to submit suggestions for the soundtrack. Only a small handful would be chosen.
Six months ago, there was a pretty good chance you had no idea who Charlie Puth was. Fast-forward to today, and he -- along with his collaborator, Wiz Khalifia -- have a 1 song, "See You Again," on the Billboard Hot for the fourth straight week. Pretty impressive for a guy who wrote the song for the "Furious 7" soundtrack in only 10 minutes. While writing the song, the singer had two people in mind, the late Paul Walker and "my friend who passed away in a very similar way," he said, calling the writing experience a "very real moment" -- which it was for Wiz as well. As we all know, Wiz and Charlie -- who recently released his new EP Some Type Of Love -- eventually did meet each other, but the first encounter didn't go exactly as planned. I didn't realize how tall he was -- he walked in very prominently with his whole crew and entourage," Charlie said, before adding that Wiz just nodded his head at him. I think he likes me. And Wiz does.