But for Puth, who co-wrote the Furious 7 -closing ballad with DJ Frank E and Khalifa, what's most amazing of all is that he was even featured in the video in the first place. I was a brand new artist, I wasn't cool enough to be part of the franchise yet, I wasn't big enough, but I proved everybody who was close-minded wrong. Everyone on my record label stuck beside me and my management. I said, 'That's great. Your movie comes out in a week and I'm not gonna give you the song. Though Puth would not state to Billboard what artist Universal Pictures had originally wanted to sing "See You Again," earlier this year he told People his vocals on the hook had originally been recorded as a reference possibly for Sam Smith. Mike Knobloch, president of film music and publishing at Universal Pictures, denies Smith was ever discussed for the track.
It was hardly a special invitation. Puth was one of more than 50 songwriters — many of them well known — who were asked to submit suggestions for the soundtrack. Only a small handful would be chosen. As it turned out, they would. Their work paid off. Though unabashedly sentimental, the song is also highly effective, its power boosted by the offscreen Walker back story it subtextually describes.
The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the action film Furious 7 as a tribute to actor Paul Walker , who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, , in Valencia, California. Later on, the song was included as a bonus track on the international release of Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind. The song held the record for the most-streamed track in a single day on Spotify in the United States, until it was surpassed by One Direction 's " Drag Me Down ".
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