He may have just turned 18 in August but Shawn Mendes processes a musical mind of much ingenuity. Though many are quick to assume his music is skewed for a much younger generation (think Justin Bieber when he first started), Mendes has been kicking ass behind the scenes, pushing lyrical boundaries which set him apart from his musical peers. First coming to attention in 2014, after being discovered through popular social video app Vine, the Canadian singer-songwriter steadily built a reputation for himself, releasing his debut album Handwritten in April 2015. With the album’s successful release, he became the youngest...more
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On September 23, Shawn Mendes is set to release his sophomore album, “Illuminate.” Leading up to its release, Mendes has released a bevy of fantastic (and criminally-underrated) tracks, our favorite so far being “Mercy.” A week away, he continues to whet our thirst, unveiling what could be the album’s last instant-grat, a song called “Don’t Be A Fool.” The songs released so far, including “Don’t Be A Fool,” take a slow approach but the experience listening to each track has varied, in a really good way. The piano-laden, woozy single hears Mendes crying out to his partner, telling her not...more
Tearjerker alert! Shawn Mendes’ sophomore effort, titled Illuminate, is shaping up to be his best work yet. Its newest track “Mercy” is a rollercoaster of emotions, with Mendes singing to a lover asking them to be easy on him. “Consuming all the air inside my lungs. Ripping all the skin from off my bones” sings Mendes during the song’s climatic bridge, where the young crooner gets to show off his vocals like never before. Illuminate is due on September 23, 2016 via Island Records. Listen to “Mercy” below.
Fall is approaching which means some of our favorite artists are currently readying full-length collectives to arrive shortly. One of the many albums we are looking forward to is Illuminate, Shawn Mendes‘s second studio album set to arrive on September 23rd. The keenly-awaited album serves as a follow-up to last year’s “Handwritten,” Mendes‘ debut album. Last month, Mendes shared the album’s debut single, “Treat You Better.” Today, fans who preordered the album were instantly-served a brand new track titled “Three Empty Words.” The finely-skewed offering takes a soft yet completely overwhelming approach to the acoustic guitar. “I won’t keep on...more
Now that our stitches have healed up, Shawn Mendes has returned with a brand new single,which, dare we say it, is poised to be one of this summer’s go-to songs. Treat You Better as it is titled, is the first taste of Mendes’ forthcoming sophomore album, which he has teased about being a major upgrade from his chart-topping debut, Handwritten. “Pouring every single thing i have into this Album and its going to be surreal to share that with you,” he tweeted on May 30. The roll-out for this single was spectacular in every sense of the word. Things kicked...more
The most anticipated collaboration of Q4 is here – that’s right, Shawn Mendes’ new single “I Know What You Did Last Summer” featuring Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has landed. The collaboration, penned by Mendes and Cabello backstage at a Taylor Swift concert, marks Cabello’s entry into the solo landscape and it is set to appear on the re-release of Mendes’ debut album, re-titled “Handwritten Revisited.” How this collaboration was received by her bandmates is yet to be revealed but radio DJ, who both artists have built relationships with in the past year, sure were ecstatic about the collaboration. The song...more