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 ". The music video was the most viewed video on YouTube from July 10 to August 4, Puth became emotionally attached while writing the track, recalling Vail Cerullo, a friend of Puth's time at Berklee College of Music , who perished in a motorcycle accident in In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , Puth recalled, "It just seemed to occur from out of nowhere. And basically 10 minutes later Justin and I wrote it, we sent it off, and I thought we'd never hear about it again. As a result, the track was further commissioned to include rapped verses by Khalifa based on the subject of family, combined with Puth's vocals and a piano melody.
I'm Clifford Stumme, and I use literary analysis and research to explain the deeper meanings of pop songs. Feel free to leave a comment or to email me at clifford popsongprofessor. Read on to find out more! The song was originally created by Charlie Puth, and then Khalifa was invited to add rap verses to the song. The official music video for the song shows this scene as well. The song, which peaked at 1 on The Billboard Hot chart and has been on the chart for 28 weeks, is about Paul Walker and is to commemorate his passing. To achieve this, the song makes heavy use of Charlie Puth's emotionally charged vocals and Wiz Khalifa's relationship-focused raps to show how much Paul Walker meant to others. Charlie Puth begins the song with a chorus.
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Inspired by the death of actor Paul Walker. Though, between you and me, in the back of my mind I also secretly wanted to be an artist, but I thought the best way to go about that was to write songs first. When we wrote the song it was so powerful, just crazy human interaction. We sent it to them and they loved it, they got Wiz Khalifa on it, and the rest is history. They just told me about the scenes. They were going to get someone else to sing it, and they had a lot of great people try it, but they showed the movie with me singing the hook. This worldwide hit topped the charts in 28 countries including the UK. In the UK, it became the fastest selling single of