After painstakingly growing a fan base online through social media and YouTube clips, Austin Mahone has finally transcended the "viral sensation" tag and has a hit on his hands. His RedOne-produced single "What About Love" debuted at No. 74 on last week's Hot 100 chart after premiering on June 7, and previews the 17-year-old pop artist's forthcoming debut full-length on Chase/Republic.
In a recent sit-down with Billboard's William Gruger, Mahone discussed his humble career beginnings as a 15-year-old goofing around with his friend Alex on YouTube. "Sometimes we would make videos of us fighting each other or just something stupid, and sometimes I would cover songs," says Mahone. "My first cover was 'Beautiful Song' by Jesse McCartney."