Get ‘Cosmic’ with breakout star Bazzi
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