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The two sides of Charlie Puth: baby-faced tween idol and hard-core music nerd

The two sides of Charlie Puth: baby-faced tween idol and hard-core music nerd

The shrieking of little girls filled the air at Staples Center when Charlie Puth took the stage last month during KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball concert.

A baby-faced pop singer best known for "See You Again," his chart-topping duet with rapper Wiz Khalifa, Puth wasted no opportunity to milk the crowd's adoration. There was grinning. There was crooning. There was the furrowing of his brow with oh-so-cute sincerity.

Yet on a recent morning at his home in the Hollywood Hills, Puth, 24, came on less like a tween idol than an experienced studio pro as he described mixing a rhythm track for another of...

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