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  • You're a fantastic guest. I love when you're on the show.

  • I really am a fan.

  • Every time you come on, we do something silly

  • or we get in some game or talk or do something.

  • But the last time you were on,

  • we did the Musical Genre Challenge.

  • -Ah, yes. -And we actually --

  • It inspired a song

  • that you wrote and became a giant hit.

  • -If you don't know, I sang like this --

  • We don't talk anymoreAnd you guys played with me.

  • -Yeah, you were doing Michael McDonald.

  • We don't talk anymore

  • -♪ Like we used to do

  • He had a place in... ♪

  • Michael McDonald just yawns when he sings.

  • And I was working with Calvin Harris

  • a couple of months ago.

  • And he wanted to write a song with me,

  • and I sang it with my normal voice

  • that you hear on the radio and whatnot.

  • And it just didn't feel as good,

  • so I just sang it in the Michael McDonald impression,

  • and the dude's like -- It's the first single on the album.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -I loved it. I love hearing that story.

  • It really made me happy, and I'm so happy

  • if I had anything to do inspire you

  • for the next hit -- generations to come.

  • You worked with a bunch of famous people that we love,

  • and I just figured I'd run down a couple stories quickly

  • just to see if you remember any of these stories.

  • Adam Sandler was here a few months ago

  • and told us that you and Halsey

  • performed for his daughter's sweet 16.

  • -Yeah, and I don't do that too often,

  • but when Adam Sandler calls --

  • I drove myself. [ Laughter ]

  • -"I'm there, Adam." Yeah. -I live ten minutes away

  • from the country club that it was at,

  • and I never do that but for Adam Sandler.

  • It's crazy to have Adam Sandler FaceTime you, by the way.

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah.

  • -Because he does it in his Billy Madison voice. "Charlie!"

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Pink glasses on. He's such a cool guy.

  • -He's the greatest guy, yeah.

  • And he's just like...

  • [as Sandler] "Why don't you do this?"

  • [ Laughter ] -That's better.

  • -"Come on." -That's better.

  • -I'll do anything for Adam Sandler. Come on. Greatest.

  • He said you crushed it.

  • There's a story about running into Harry Styles

  • at a restaurant... -Oh, man.

  • -...and you accidentally blowing up his spot.

  • -Yeah. It was 2014.

  • I had just signed my first record contract.

  • And I had never been to a fancy L.A. sushi restaurant.

  • There's this place called Sushi Park in West Hollywood.

  • And I was eating,

  • and then Jeff and Harry walked in --

  • his manager, Jeff. -Oh, yeah.

  • -I didn't know him at the time, but I was just --

  • I don't get, like, smitten with anybody.

  • At the time, I was just, like -- had whole-body chills.

  • I was like, "I can't bel--" He he had a hat on.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -So you just go like, "Wow. Cool."

  • -It was very 2014 One Direction era.

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah.

  • -And I, for whatever reason, took out my phone

  • and I was like, "You're not gonna believe this.

  • What a week in L.A.

  • I sign a record contract.

  • And who walks in? None other than Harry Styles."

  • And then 15 paparazzi are out front in like five minutes.

  • -Everyone in the world knows that he's in that restaurant.

  • -He looks at me, and he just does a nod and follows me.

  • I don't know if that was a good follow.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • And that's it.

  • -Yeah, and you haven't heard from him since.

  • -No, haven't heard from him since.

  • I don't think he likes me very much.

  • -Yeah, he does. Yeah, he does. He's a nice guy.

  • He loves you.

  • There's a --

  • There's a scene in your video for "Light Switch,"

  • which, by the way, over 113 million views.

  • Not too shabby, bud.

  • -Yeah, not that I was -- Not that we were checking.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -But in the video, you're painting a red fence.

  • Now, I'm just saying,

  • a lot of Taylor Swift fans came out and said, "Ooh."

  • Maybe a possibility

  • you're hinting about something, an Easter egg.

  • Charlie. Char-- [ Cheers and applause ]

  • Charlie. Charlie and Taylor?!

  • No. What are you saying?

  • -No, I think we've spoken once.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • But that would be great.

  • -Okay. Alright. Alright. That's good.

  • So you can confirm that --

  • -We know each other one time.

  • -Okay. Perfect. That's good.

  • Congrats on the album.

  • This is -- "Charlie" is the name of the album.

  • -Thank you. -Yeah. It's a big hit.

  • A lot of people are calling this your ugly-cry album.

  • [ Laughter ] -Yeah, sure.

  • I mean, I was -- Maybe the reason why they say that

  • is because I was going through a lot of good things

  • and bad things at the same time.

  • -Nothing like a good ugly cry.

  • -It was like a black-and-white cookie,

  • which is probably why this is black-and-white.

  • And me being the sound guy, I'm thinking,

  • "Well, what is the feeling happy and sad coming together

  • at the same time sound like?"

  • Well, I had 12 tracks in my mind,

  • and on one track you have really pretty roads.

  • That represents the happy time in my life.

  • And the really ugly bass like -- Pbhbhbhbhbht-pbbhthtt --

  • playing at the same time as the happy roads.

  • And you do that 12 times, and you have a happy and sad --

  • Because I made this -- I produced this record myself.

  • Due to the pandemic, I couldn't be around a lot of songwriters.

  • -I was following you on all the socials, on TikTok,

  • and you were doing that -- I know, right?

  • I'm not stalking you. I'm not stalking you.

  • But you're a good follow. So I was --

  • But you were doing this thing for "Left and Right."

  • You're like, "Hey, I think I might invent this song."

  • Where it is just -- comes out of the left speaker.

  • -Right, right, because I was listening to "Yellow Submarine"

  • by the Beatles -- and "Lady Madonna."

  • And if you don't know, due to the limitations of the recording

  • that they had at the time,

  • you had 8 tracks recording off an 8-track.

  • And sometimes Paul's voice would end up on the left side

  • of the speaker with a hi-hat.

  • And if you had a busted speaker system

  • and it was just monophonic,

  • you'd only hear the instrumental.

  • And I thought, well, why has no one ever taken advantage of that

  • and written a song that has lyrics like that,

  • where you're singing on the left-hand side of the speaker?

  • What if you're in your car

  • and I'm on your left-hand side of your brain

  • and then on you're right-hand side of your brain?

  • -No, seriously.

  • But you walked us through this writing process,

  • and you made a giant song, by the way.

  • -Yeah, well, I mean, my whole thing on TikTok

  • is to prove that anything,

  • anything in this world can be made into music.

  • Like, everything has tonality to it.

  • -I wanted to test this tonight, if you don't mind.

  • We have stuff here.

  • Like, what could we do tonight?

  • -Well, what has sound to it?

  • Wait. Let me see that cup.

  • -This cup? -Is there anything in it?

  • -Yeah, there's water. -Do you have anything I can tap?

  • -That has tea in it. That's for you. I have cups.

  • I have extra cups. Do you want a cup?

  • -Wait. This is -- Yeah, give me a spoon

  • because I'm sure you have spoons somewhere.

  • Take another "Tonight Show" cup.

  • Yeah. I've marked up your table.

  • So, okay. I hope this works. But every --

  • [ Laughter ] Bear