Marvin Gaye

Album: Nine Track Mind (2015)
Charted: 1 21
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  • This is Charlie Puth's debut single. He wrote the chorus the first day he came to Los Angeles. Puth says he was at a coffee shop on Cahuenga Boulevard when the melody struck - he found himself tapping his foot and clapping out the beat.
  • The song finds Puth duetting with Meghan Trainor. Asked by Billboard how the collaboration came about, he replied: "Meghan and I were at a party one night, and we were exchanging the new music, and she heard 'Marvin Gaye; and asked, 'Who else is singing on this? It should be a duet. Let me sing on it!' So I'm like... OK, Meghan Trainor just asked me to sing on my song, absolutely! In one day, she knew the whole thing. We did it all in one take."
  • Puth describes this song as "soulful pop with a little bit of hip-hop undertone."
  • Asked if Marvin Gaye inspires his music, Puth replied: "I listened to a lot of Marvin Gaye and Motown records. When I was making my record, I just wanted to make this soulful sound. When Marvin Gaye made his music, he evoked this feeling that would reach everybody."
  • The song was Charlie Puth's second UK #1 single. The American singer previously topped the UK chart with the Wiz Khalifa collaboration "See You Again."
  • Charlie Puth had quite a productive few days when he first moved to LA. The day after he wrote the chorus for this song, he came up with the chorus for "See You Again."

    "I was trying to prove myself as a songwriter," Puth he told Billboard magazine. "I was just having fun, and I was surrounded by all these pretty women - in general in LA, there's a lot of pretty women. I don't know why I said it like that. Pure human emotion is how 'Marvin Gaye' happened. I just said the line 'let's Marvin Gaye and get it on' - I don't know where it came from."
  • Charlie Puth was a big fan of Marvin Gaye growing up. He said: "Some of my favorite songs of his are 'Heaven Must Have Sent You,' 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' 'Sexual Healing,' and 'Heard It Through the Grapevine.'"


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