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Charlie Puth Plays ‘Light Switch’ On Ellen: Look + Listen

Charlie Puth appeared on The Ellen Show to perform his recent single, “Light Switch” — and the viral sensation also shared how criticism from Elton John impacted his music.

During the interview portion of the show, the superstar singer/songwriter told host Ellen DeGeneres how important it is to “tell the truth” when writing a song, stating;

“I wasn’t really doing that in 2019.” “And the person who kind of awoken my senses was none other than Elton John. I met him at Craig’s, the restaurant, and he came up to me and said, you know, ‘Hi, how are you?’ I’m like, ‘You’re Elton John.’ ‘Yes, I am. You know, your music sucked in 2019, it wasn’t good.’” Puth described the experience as a “gut punch,” but admitted he had been thinking the same thing. “It was kind of a wake up call, a little bit.”

“Light Switch” is the first new song from Puth’s upcoming album, Charlie, due out later this year via Atlantic Records. The full length marks the singer’s first LP since his Grammy-nominated Voicenotes in 2018.

Last fall, Puth teamed up with Sir Elton for “After All,” from John’s album of collaborations, The Lockdown Sessions. After the duo met at Craig’s in early-March 2020 and discovered they lived near each other, they began collaborating. “After All” was the first song either artist completed during lockdown. 

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Author: Al Denté

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