All the classic signs are there: fans blocking traffic, chasing down SUVs, traveling in herds... Looking through a list of YouTube videos on Austin Mahone’s official account, you could easily mistake his crazed tween following for that of Justin Bieber. Today we discover what makes this 17-year-old so likeable.
Like Bieber, Mahone got his start with viral videos that multiplied into millions of followers. Consistent with the comparison, Mahone even covered Bieber’s song “Mistletoe.”
Born in Texas, Mahone has already achieved a good share of international press, including being featured on Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, which he describes as "a huge honor.” His single “Say Somethin” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.
On his next single, Mahone tells the music news outlet he plans to reach back to boy band inspiration, incorporating “Backstreet Boys/*NSync melodies.”