Mike Posner seemed to disappear from the pop music world after his hit single "Cooler Than Me" peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010. It appeared on his first album, "31 Minutes To Takeoff," a coolly-received electro-pop collection that even now sounds outdated. After that, he took a step away from the spotlight, working on tracks for other artists like Justin Bieber, Big Sean and most recently, Maroon 5.
But Posner also spent time trying to figure out what he wanted to say as an artist. He finished two entire albums on RCA records that will probably never be released, switched labels to Island Records and discovered a completely different, stripped-down sound.