Charlie Puth & Boyz II Men Join Forces On The Wistful “If You Leave Me Now”
Charlie Puth rolled out the third single from his sophomore LP, Voicenotes, earlier today, and it features a surprise feature from Boyz II Men. Titled “If You Leave Me Now,” the collaboration is another self-produced offering. However, while the first two singles from the project have featured massively danceable productions, the latest signifies a return to a smoother R&B sound. The 26-year-old described it as “one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” and it is for a good reason.
Following in the footsteps of “Attention” and “How Long,” “If You Leave Me Now” is about another strained relationship. Here, he and Boyz II Men plead with a lover to stay by their side. “No, this is not goodbye. I swear that I’m gonna change. No, baby please don’t cry; it doesn’t have to end this way,” he begs over an a cappella production on the opening lines. They all come together on the chorus for some pretty harmonizing and one final plea. “If you give it up and just walk right out you will take the biggest part of me and all the things that I believe.”
Although the single sounds like another surefire hit it comes with a bit of bad news. Voicenotes was originally scheduled to drop January 19, but Charlie took to social media to announce that he had to postpone the project. “I’m producing this album all myself and with that comes a lot of work, and in my opinion, the album is not perfect yet,” he explained. He ended with a promise that the record was still set for a release in 2018 so all is not lost.
Despite the unfortunate news, 2018 is still off to a strong start for the “See You Again” crooner. “Attention” and “How Long,” are still sitting comfortably within the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “If You Leave Me Now” is likely to join them there in the coming weeks. This summer Charlie is also gearing up to hit the road for a tour. Hopefully he has the album ready by then. Until we have more news give the collaboration a spin below!