Charlie Puth Surprises Fans With Jungkook Collaboration on 'Left and Right'

Charlie Puth just surprised his fans by announcing a collaboration with BTS' Jungkook on the new single, "Left and Right," from his upcoming album, Charlie.

In the clip, Puth pretends to call Jungkook on the phone, and gives him directions on what he wants for the song.


Pre-save Left and Right (with Jungkook) !! Link in bio. (If we get 500,000 pre saves I’ll drop it on June 24.)

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"Hey man, what does it sound like when you sing 'Memories follow me left and right,'" Puth asks.

"Sure, that's easy," Jungkook says, and does so.

Puth then asks him to stand on the left of the microphone and sing "I can be over here," and then sing the same thing on the right side of the mic, and Jungkook does so.

"And it sounds like this," Puth adds before playing a clip of the fully-produced track.

"This is gonna be crazy," he concluded.

In the caption Puth wrote that if the song gets a half-million pre-saves on Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, he'll release the cut next Friday, June 24.

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Charlie Puth announced Friday evening his new collaboration with BTS' Jungkook. He is shown here at the WAZZMATAZZ concert on June 5. Steve Jennings/Getty

"Left and Right" is the third song to be released from Charlie, following "Light Switch," released on January 20, and "That's Hilarious," released April 8. Though the album is due out later this year, a release date has not been set.

While "Light Switch" was a hit, reaching No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, "That's Hilarious" didn't do as well, missing the Hot 100 all together, landing instead at No. 96 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. Though that song wasn't a hit in the U.S., it did well overseas, hitting the Top 10 in both New Zealand and Sweden.

Fans have been piecing together clues that Jungkook would appear on "Left and Right." The biggest clue that Jungkook would be on the cut came earlier this month. During an interview with Puth prior to his appearance at the Wango Tango festival, he accidentally answered a question about whether he was collaborating with BTS by saying no one in his camp knew when the song would be released.

When pressed about whether he had just confirmed such a collaboration, Puth clammed up.

On Tuesday, BTS announced that the band was going on hiatus. In a tear-filled video, BTS said that they would be taking the time to work on solo projects.

"I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don't give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something," RM said.

"I feel lost," he added. "After releasing 'Butter' and 'Permission to Dance,' I started feeling that I don't know what kind of a band we are anymore. What kind of music do we want to make? What do we want to say? I believe we should have taken this break long ago, but we kept putting it off."

Suga agreed, saying, "Writing lyrics is the hardest. What message do we want to give? Nothing comes out anymore."

Jungkook did promise fans that BTS wasn't breaking up, and would "return some day, more mature than now."

The hiatus follows a three-month break announced in December; the band started performing again in March. They previously took some time off in August 2019, prior to the release of "Butter" and "Dynamite."