Cody Simpson has clearly been doing a lot of growing up since the last time we heard from him.
The 17-year-old Australian pop star dropped his latest catchy single "Surfboard" on Tuesday (March 18). It starts out as a laid-back summer song, but with a little dub-step, it quickly flips the switch to an urban-pop jam.
Perhaps the best part about the song is when Simpson get's all Queen B on us as he channels Beyonce's hit "Drunk in Love" and sings, "she on my surfboard, surfboard, gonna ride it- surfboard."
MTV News caught up with the "Dancing with the Stars" contestant, who told us that it was just coincidence that both he and Beyonce have a love for surfboards.
"Everyone was like, 'Beyonce did that' and I had the idea for a while. And then Beyonce's came out and I absolutely love that song, but when I heard it I didn't know if it was going to affect my idea at all," Simpson said, clarifying that he recorded the track before Beyonce's single dropped. "And at the end of the day I thought about it so much and I thought 'Hey it's a part of pop culture right now,' if I was going to release this song it would probably be the best time to do it, so I decided why not just go along with it now."
The single, which was inspired by his love for surfing and his girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid, is definitely a departure from his previous work. Simpson, who is hoping to release his third album this summer, admitted that he's been experimenting with different sounds and mixing his summer vibe with "modern, urban drums."
"I feel like I've grown so much so rapidly right now and improved so much so quickly that I made a promise to myself to never let anyone hold me back," Simpson said. " And that's what I've been doing this time just taking total control of everything. And do my very best to do something that was totally me and totally from my mind and totally unique and I really sort of take the first step into the next phase of my career."
A part of that next phase in his career is a spot on the 18th season of "Dancing with the Stars," which kicked off on Monday. The 17-year-old, who was "so so nervous" to dance, busted out a Cha-Cha with his partner Witney Carson, which gave them an impressive 22 out of 30 score.
"I've been learning a lot about myself," Simpson said, before adding that he may dance to "Surfboard" in the upcoming weeks. "I was stoked. It was good to get that first episode out of the way."