December 16, 2015

BILLBOARD.COM – Handwritten is not only the name of Shawn Mendes’ No. 1 album, but also a perfect description for it. The “Stitches” singer sat down with Billboard to discuss topping the Billboard 200 for the first time, and from what he and his team said, it’s clear they value authenticity and hard work. “Being able to kind of go in and make that happen myself was huge,” Mendes said.

“It was very organic,” added David Massey, president of Island Records. “He wrote these songs. It was about the organic nature.”

In the end, what really drove Mendes? His passion. “I was just really eager and really excited to make music.”

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