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This is how the surprise pop star of the summer was created

This is how the surprise pop star of the summer was created

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Ryn Weaver's "OctaHate" has quickly grown into the surprise pop hit of the summer, racking up well over 600,000 listens on SoundCloud in just the week since it was released. It's a surprise because, despite just how radio-ready her song his, you've probably never heard of Weaver. She's published a few tracks on SoundCloud before this, but by and large she's gone unnoticed.

Charli XCX and Passion Pit's frontman help build a star

As Mic reports, however, there's a good reason why that's now changing: "OctaHate" is in fact a collaboration between Weaver and some top songwriters, including Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, Charli XCX, electronic producer Cashmere Cat, and pop producer Benny Blanco, who's worked on hits like Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." And once it was recorded, tweets from its producers and their friends helped get the word out.

So how'd Weaver end up working with such an impressive crowd, and what comes next for her? No one's completely certain, but Mic tries to get to the bottom of it. Over at BuzzFeed, you can also listen to a number of Weaver's earlier songs, should you be just as addicted to her latest as others have found themselves over the past week.