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This Canadian Teen Just Released The Only Summer Jam You Need

Meet Francesco Yates, the big-haired, big-souled R&B phenom whose first single you’ll be listening to all summer. Happy Canada Day!

1. Everyone, I’d like you to meet Francesco Yates.

2. And now, before you do anything else, listen to his first single, “Call.”

It’s pretty great, right? I see you bopping your head. I see you moving those hips. Hips don’t lie.

3. And then let’s talk about: THAT HAIR.

That fro could launch a solo career of its own. Tomorrow.

4. (That hair, though.)

It even has its own hashtag: #teamafro

5. And that STARE.

6. And then let’s talk about the fact that this voice belongs to a human who’s only 18 years of age.

And takes selfies, like any self-respecting #teen.

7. Who’s been writing his own songs since he was 11.

8. (Which doesn’t stop him from doing some pretty cool covers.)

Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools” never sounded so smooth.

9. Furthermore: He really knows what he’s doing on a guitar.

Enough so that Pharrell told him, “you should do guitars on [“Gust of Wind”], I think it would be dope.” And then he did, and it was.

11. Did we mention he’s Canadian? And charming?

Here he is chilling with his facialist at a spa. All about that self-care.

12. Pharrell is pretty sure he’s going places.

Pharrell produced Yates’s album, and predicts big things. You can watch them bro down for yourself over here.

13. J.T. is also a fan.

So... My GREAT friend @MattMorris wrote a KILLER song for this kid @FrancescoYates and it is the Summer Jam of 2014. http://t.co/muoSr83Ukw

— jtimberlake (@Justin Timberlake)

14. So is JoJo.

15. And you should be too.

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