Pop Topper Of The Week: Austin Mahone – ‘What About Love’

Austin Mahone

At just 17 years ancient, young Austin Mahone has already seen the world, garnered millions of fans and sold thousands of singles and records. His huge break into composition came with the release of his debut release “11:11,” which was released on Valentine’s Day, 2012. With the millions of adoring fans following his every movement, his newly released release is sure to make the charts. That is why Austin Mahone’s “What About Like” is this week’s Pop Topper of the Week.

But just for clarification, this made Pop Topper of the Week not because of its ability to be perceived as ‘excellent,’ but rather as its ability to stir up a buzz or two.

Mahomies got a treat earlier Monday (June 10) when Austin Mahone released his highly anticipated new release, “What About Like.” It currently sits at #7 on the iTunes Composition Charts, and is poised to rise even further throughout the day! You can buy it on iTunes for just 69 cents for a limited time.

Austin Mahone got his start in the same way Justin Bieber did – being learned from YouTube videos! Like Bieber, Mahone grew up without a father. And if you squint, they even look like the same person. As with the sound of their composition, the two are constantly compared to each additional.

Check out the song in the YouTube embed below:

When I first listened to the song, I could not help but to clarify it this way: Backstreet Boys meets *NSync in a back alley cat fight, to which Austin Mahone breaks up the fight and says, “What about like?!” Of course they had to get an injury lawyer after the fact, but that’s no matter. Clearly Mahone has taken a lesson from the two 90s boy bands considering as the song sounds nearly exactly like them.

I’m not sure if this sound is because he has an entire church chorus behind him through most of the song or if he just recorded in an echo studio room. I do know that he is a solo artist, not part of a five-man group. The church choir in the back does complement him, though.

On the bright side, I am a huge fan of the metaphor he uses to open the song! “I’m feeling your thunder / The storm’s getting closer / This rain is like fire / And my world’s vacant under.” Splendid job Austin, really. *A round of applause from the crowd*

I mostly feel like the rest of the song doesn’t really do much for me though. I have listened through the whole song a few times now, but I would be surprised if this song did very well on the charts. It’s not vacant to be one of those hits that people sitting alone at small cafe tables are vacant to stand up and sing to when it comes on the radio. I mean especially when we have songs out there like Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop.” Excellent luck competing with that one, Mr. Mahone.


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