Get ‘Cos­mic’ with break­out star Bazzi

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Pa­trick Ryan USA TO­DAY

Snapchat might be over, but Bazzi’s ca­reer is just get­ting started.

Ear­lier this year, the pop/R&B new­comer scored a vi­ral hit on the head­line­mak­ing app with break­through sin­gle

Mine, a slinky, love-struck con­fes­sional that rock­eted to No. 11 on the Bill­board

Hot 100 chart and has amassed more than 225,000 streams on Spo­tify. It’s fea­tured on his de­but al­bum, Cos­mic, which he re­leased Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The 20-year-old (full name: An­drew Bazzi) told USA TO­DAY things you should know.

1. ‘Mine’ came to him at a pool party.

He thought of the melody while hang­ing out with some friends, and went to the stu­dio two days later with pro­duc­ing duo Rice N Peas to record it. The song’s mem­o­rable first line, “You so (ex­ple­tive) pre­cious when you smile,” was some­thing he “just kind of spit out in freestyle,” Bazzi says. “I loved the sim­plic­ity of it, while at the same time, it held so much de­tail and feel­ing.”

2. He’s a so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion.

Af­ter Mine was re­leased as a sin­gle last fall, it took off in Jan­uary thanks to a meme, in which Snapchat users filmed them­selves us­ing the “Be Mine” lens and played the song’s first verse. Bazzi “thought it was su­per-funny and cool to see how peo­ple in­ter­preted it.”

3. He’s open­ing for Camila Ca­bello on her North Amer­i­can tour.

Be­fore the trek, which launched on Mon­day, “she gave me cup­cakes and wrote me the sweet­est let­ter.” His fa­vorite song from the Havana hit­maker: her cur­rent sin­gle, Never Be the Same. “It’s just so good. It’s a very nos­tal­gic song and feels like a clas­sic.”

4. Tay­lor Swift is a fan.

The pop star in­cluded Mine at the top of her “Songs Tay­lor Loves” playlist on Spo­tify in Fe­bru­ary. “That was re­ally cool. Tay­lor’s an artist I re­spect a lot — she’s an amaz­ing song­writer and busi­ness­woman.”

5. The first al­bum he ever bought was Foo Fight­ers’ 2005 re­lease ‘In Your Honor.’

His first live per­for­mance, mean­while, was at a sixth-grade tal­ent show, singing Bruno Mars’ Talk­ing to the Moon. “Then I got an en­core, so I came out and per­formed I’m Yours by Ja­son Mraz.”

Bazzi’s al­bum, “Cos­mic,” is out now. GETTY IM­AGES

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