— Eric Jones (@ejonesABC) January 31, 2014
With talk of Justin Bieber’s deportation spreading, teen girls everywhere can rest assured that Austin Mahone will still be here to cater to their teen idol needs. The 17-year-old performed to a packed crowd on Good Morning America this morning. Here’s what you need to know about the up-and-coming pop star.
1. There’s a Rumor He’s Dating Selena Gomez
Although there is talk he’s dating the 21-year-old songstress, Mahone dispelled that rumor to People, saying,
We’re just friends. She’s really cool … I mean, I think she’s really pretty but every time I’m in L.A., she’s like, ‘Hey you’re in L.A., lets hang out. So it’s cool.
2. He Was Discovered on YouTube
At 15, he posted the above video, a cover of ‘Mistletoe’ by Bieber, which now has almost 2 million views. His first video post was ‘Beautiful Soul’ by Jesse McCartney.
3. His Fans Are Called ‘Mahomies’
The website mahomies.com, features buttons, beanies, hoodies, and much more apparel branded with Mahone’s name. There’s also a Facebook page called, Austin’s Mahomies.
4. He Toured with Taylor Swift
He was chosen to be the opening act for Taylor’s Red tour.
He told Z100,
I was speechless [when I got the news about touring with Taylor Swift]. It’s a huge honor to be on tour with her. She’s one of the biggest artists in the world and she’s actually one of the nicest girls in the world too. It’s incredible.
5. He Hasn’t Even Released His First Album Yet
Although he’s already wowed with hit singles like ‘What About Us’ and ‘Banga! Banga!’ there is still no album released. He told MTV,
My new album, I’m still putting it together, you know the reason why it’s taking so long is because I just want to make [sure], you know, every song on there is perfect.
With this new album, it’s kind of like a little old-school mixed with new-school, electronic dance music with Backstreet Boys melodies. It’s a different sound, but I think a lot of people are really gonna enjoy it.
His newest single, MMM YEAH, features Pitbull.
Thank you to everyone who got Mmm Yeah on iTunes! You all mean the world to me and I love you so much..Thanks for tweeting too
— Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone) January 26, 2014