Mike Posner is flying high. His new school pop gem "Cooler Than Me" is holding steady in the top of the Billboard 100 and is getting major radio play across the country, while overseas momentum is building as well.
Signed to Clive Davis' J Records, the Detroit singer/producer is one of pop's brightest new talents combining a knack for melody with cutting-edge production stylings that are inspired by both by dance music and hip hop. It should come as no surprise that Posner names Stuart Price as one of his biggest inspirations. (He confided to me that The Killers' "Human" is one of his favorite pop songs of all time.)
Last week, Posner revealed the jet-setty cover art for his debut album that will drop later this summer. Dressed in one of his signature leather jackets, "31 Minutes To Take Takeoff," carries a very specific meaning to Posner. "Something happens 31 minutes into the record," he explains. "All I can say is that both the listener and I will be in a higher place when it's over." Let the music take you there.
Listen to Hey Champ's excellent dance cut up of "Cooler Than Me." If you have a moment, also make sure to download Posner's free mixtape that has created firestorm at college campuses around the country. Produced together with Clinton Sparks and DJ Benzi, "One Foot Out The Door" is an irresistible hip pop hybrid with some excellent pop gems, including tracks like "Cooler Than Me," "Don't Trust Me" and "Red Button," which showcase Posner's impressive songwriting chops and confident delivery. Posner is a talent to be reckoned with. Remember that.