It’s a happening 2015 for Shawn Mendes. “The Life of the Party” singer entered the music industry with guns blazing. Besides enjoying the success of his debut album, the teen heartthrob is also rocking the stage alongside pop diva, Taylor Swift. Mendes is currently touring with Swift and is the opening act on her 1989 Tour. He is on the last leg of his North American headlining tour titled ShawnsFirstHeadlines and the final performance will take place on August 16. Icing on the cake – he’s reportedly all set to join CW’s popular series “The 100” as a guest star. Mendes surely is in a hurry to extend his resume.
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Teen Pop Singer – Youngest Artist to Reach Top 25 With Debut Single
A Toronto native, it took Shawn Mendes no time to cement his place in the pop/soul music scene. His debut single Life of the Party peaked at 24 position on the Billboard 200, making him the youngest artist to achieve the feat. A self-made artist, Mendes posted his song covers on Vine, video sharing site and slowly earned himself dedicated viewers. His music style has been called Justin Bieber meets Ed Sheeran and word of mouth prompted people from Island Records to listen to his covers. They were clearly impressed by the artist and he ended up signing on the dotted line with the label. At 15 Mendes released his first single and although it was initially ignored by the US radio, it eventually entered the Billboard charts. The track featured in Shawn Mendes’ self-titled, four-track EP.
The EP was received well internationally and reached fifth spot on the Billboard charts, recording sales of more than 100,000. It set the stage for Mendes’s first full-length album titled “Handwritten”. Released in April 2015, it topped the Billboard 200 and spawned hits like Stitches and Something Big.
“Handwritten” – A Promising First Album
Shawn Mendes has made a persuasive start with his debut record. Featuring acoustic sincerity, his songs have teenage themes - “A Little Too Much” talks about a girl trying to meet expectations - but Mendes performs them with the intensity of an adult. Packed with heart and hooks, his songs have touched a broader audience and his appeal has expanded beyond listeners who are his own age. With powerful vocals that are clear and ingenious, Shawn Mendes has established himself as a promising star. Even his live performances are smooth and full of energy. Music lovers of different age groups are eagerly buying Shawn Mendes tickets as they want to listen to this young crooner live.
Shawn Mendes - Plucked From Vine to Become a Genuine Popstar
Learn more about the next big thing who has taken the music lovers by storm worldwide. Tipped to become a superstar like his idol Justin Bieber, here are some interesting tidbits about the artist.
Shawn Mendes wanted to become an actor. Looks like his dream is going to be fulfilled soon as he signed onto the next season of CW’s “The 100”.
Ed Sheeran is a fan of the artist and after watching some of his videos, flew Shawn to LA for dinner.
Shawn Mendes’s talent extends to cooking as well. He secretly admitted that he enjoys cooking.
In 2014 he won Teen Choice Award for “Webstar in Music”.
He featured in Time Magazine’s 2014 list of “25 Most Influential Teens”.