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Charlie Puth Discusses His “Personal” Self-Titled Album, Collaborating With Jung Kook, And More

Charlie Puth’s third studio album will be released on October 7; in the weeks running up to that day, he sat down with Tetris Kelly of Billboard to discuss his most recent artistic approach.

“Maybe a cliche statement for an artist to sit on this white couch and be like, ‘Oh, this is my most personal work.’ But it is for me because I’ve never had an entire body of work that was my personality with some melody attached to it,” said the songwriter of the next album, listing “Smells Like Me” and “There’s a First Time for Everything” as two of his favorites from the album.

“I want people to be familiar with these songs, like they’ve heard them before, because they have heard them before,” he explained. Puth gave an explanation of how his “Left And Right” duet with BTS’s Jung Kook came about. “The song was done. I sat on it for a couple of weeks and then I texted him the mp3. We were able to really get it done.”

Puth concluded by discussing his future plans. “Any song that I put out, I never think about, ‘Oh, well I have to top this one.’ I think about, ‘How different of a song can I follow this up with?’” he shared.

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