Austin Mahone has a Secret (Updated 6/12/2014)
Attention world: Austin Mahone would like everyone to know he's over the 'obnoxious' comparisons to Justin Bieber. And in case you didn't get the memo, he's likely to keep reminding you that the two are nothing alike.
In a new series of interviews to promote his latest EP "The Secret," Mahone went on a brief rant about Bieber when he said, "I can kind of see where they're coming from, but at the same time, it's kind of obnoxious. They see a young kid who sings and dances and … they're like 'Oh another Justin Bieber. Like you don't even know. You don't know me. You don't know my music. You're just making assumptions."
Sure, Mahone and the Biebs both got their start on YouTube. And yes, the two recently collaborated together. But Mahone is insisting that the similarities end there (and with Bieber's multiple run-ins with the law, who can blame him?) Still, it's clearly getting under Mahone's skin that he's constantly referred to as a Bieber knock-off. Thus, the 18-year-old pop sensation would like everyone to, well, knock it off.
The teen hunk pop has been going non-stop recently to promote "The Secret," which features the smash single "Mmm Yeah" with Pitbull. In fact, Mahone has collaborated with some of the top artists and producers in the industry on the new project. He'll take the new music on the road as part of a huge national headlining tour with The Vamps and special guests Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes. The trek will hit 26 cities across North America this summer with more dates to be announced.
Is Austin Mahone the next Justin Bieber? (Created August 2, 2013)
Teen sensation Austin Mahone made a name for himself a lot like other musicians these days – online videos that quickly went viral. But this born and raised Texan isn't exactly sporting a cowboy hat and armed with a southern drawl. Instead, he's taking over the pop scene one song at a time.
So what if Mahone has been compared to his predecessor Justin Bieber? The San Antonio native will take it as a complement, especially with millions of his own Twitter followers and Facebook fans, and 90 million views of his videos on YouTube. There's also one thing he's accomplished that Bieber hasn't – in September 2011, Mahone debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard Social 50 chart, the youngest ever to appear on the list. He rose to No. 28 just three months later.
Mahone's success may be surprising to some, given that he never considered himself very musical growing up. But when he first started posting videos to YouTube in 2010 with the help of his friend, he immediately attracted an online following. He even posted a cover of Bieber's "Mistletoe" in 2011 that had teenage girls swooning across the country.
By August 2012 Mahone announced that he had signed a record deal and went to work recording his first single "11:11." It peaked on the Billboard Hotseekers chart at No. 19, and his second single "Say Somethin" crossed onto the Billboard Pop Songs chart. The success not only landed him gigs like playing the first Q102 Springle Ball music concert, he also sang at the B96 SummerBash in Chicago and in New York City.
Mahone was recently chosen as one of the opening acts of Taylor Swift's Red Tour, as well as Bridgit Mendler's Summer Tour with selected dates.
Austin Mahone to Have a 'Banga' Tour This Summer
Can you hear the Mahomies screaming? Austin Mahone made a big announcement last week on Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show (on the same day as his 18th birthday, natch): his debut release, called The Secret, will be released on May 27, and to support to record, he’ll be hitting the road to support…Read more
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