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Who's Playing This Week: Charlie Puth, Nas, Miranda Lambert, Et Al

Who's Playing This Week: Charlie Puth, Nas, Miranda Lambert, Et Al

Charlie Puth

Singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth is a serial collaborator. He’s worked with Maroon 5, Trey Songz, Livingston Taylor, Pitbull and One Direction’s Liam Payne. Puth, 26, majored in music production at Berklee, and he’s done a masterful job of replicating the bass-heavy sounds of late-’80s R&B in his songs. (Boyz II Men appear as guests on Puth’s new album, “Voicenotes”.)

You’ve probably heard his megahit “Attention,” with its catchy rhythmic layers of backing vocals. Puth is suave and his productions have a velvety soul. Expect subdued crisped, ticking snare sounds and rimshots or even finger snaps instead of booming backbeats. Warm Fender Rhodes...

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