GET TO KNOW BLACKBEAR




Matthew Tyler Musto or also known as Blackbear is a singer,songwriter, and record producer from Pittston, Pennsylvania, U.S. and also a member of the alternative hip-hop and R&B duo Mansionz with American singer and rapper Mike Posner.

Musto was the singer of the Florida-based garage band Polarion in high school. They released one album (Paint The Town), one EP (Inside And Out), and one demo (The Cure Demo) and was signed to Leakmob Records.

He became a drop out while on his 9th grade to focus on music, and after leaving the Polariod he began a solo career and moved to Atlanta to work with Ne-Yo. 

He put out his first EP entitled Brightness in 2008, followed by Contrast in 2009, and Exposure in 2010. He put out a Christmas song with Tyler Carter, then-member of the band Woe, Is Me in 2010, shortly followed by a new single, 'Douche Bag'. In July 2011, Musto released his Year of the Blackbear EP. In fall 2011, he decided to take his nickname of Blackbear and use it as his pseudonym for making music. The first song to be released with the Blackbear moniker was Mike Posner's song, 'Marauder Music' in November 2011.[7]
Musto co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend",[8] a number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2012. Intent on pursuing a career as an R&B singer, Musto released his debut EP Foreplay on April 20, 2012, and his debut mixtape Sex on October 31, 2012. Both releases were under the name Blackbear, and Sex featured collaborations from fellow "Boyfriend" co-writer Mike Posner, along with producers, singers, and songwriters James Blake and Maejor Ali.[9] He also appeared on MGK's End of the Road from the Lace Up album. Blackbear released an EP, The Afterglow, on April 20, 2014.[10] This landed him as number four on Billboard's Uncharted listing of releases from upcoming artists.[2]

In 2014, Blackbear became one of the first independent artists to monetize streaming on SoundCloud.

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