Austin Mahone Says Miami Was "the Perfect Place for Me"

Austin Mahone is a teenaged dreamboat. The perfectly adorable 17-year-old pop sensation went from YouTube cutie to VMA winner in almost record time. Signed to Cash Money Records, he was voted 2013's "Artist to Watch" by the formerly musical channel and named the new Justin Bieber by everyone else. Mahone and his mom made their way from San Antonio to Miami about a year back, and now he's thriving in the ridiculously hot Florida sun, though he says he misses Whataburger. He has 4.3 million followers on Twitter, and when he goes to the mall, preteens melt like butter at his Nike-clad toes.

But Mahone seems like a sweet kid who appreciates the adoration of his fans, whom he affectionately named Mahomies. He's careful with his words but not phony. Mahone is rehearsing in the studio, getting his new album ready, and "working really hard just trying to get it perfect," he says. And with such an amount of support behind him and danceable pop tunes like "What About Love," it's likely this kid is really worth watching. We spoke with the young singer about the perks of South Florida, Drake, and whether he prefers blonds to brunets.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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