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September 08, 2017

PAPER MAG – Like fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes launched his career by posting cover song videos online. The 19-year-old singer has come a long way, currently performing on his second world tour and, when his song “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” recently went number 1, becoming one of five people to have two chart-toppers before the age of 20.

Looking back from your first concert ever to now, how do you feel like you’ve grown during this time?

It’s a world of difference, with 90% of it coming from how confident I am on stage. Confidence is everything when it comes to performing, so the more confident you get, the more exciting you are on stage and the more people are drawn in.When I look back at shows, I think the shows are well- produced, the music sounds amazing, my voice sounds good, but now I look back at a show I did yesterday and there’s an added magic to it. The truth is, I’ve played 500 shows now, and that’s why it’s a great show, not because it’s great production, great lighting, great set list — it’s the pure experience behind it.

How do your goals grow?

For me [my goals grow] whether it’s my music that I’m writing or it’s performing or it’s my personality and the way I’m handling business or anything I become very obsessed with it at any given time. As the tours get bigger, I become a lot more obsessed with making sure that the shows are good enough to be on the stage of an arena. Do you know what I mean?

Yeah. Do you think that comes with growing as an artist or just growing as a person?

I think a little bit of both and a lot of confidence. With a lot more popularity, there’s pressure in a good way to be a lot better and I think that’s what’s going on right now for me. You know, I feel like the more people get to know me and with my name starting to really get out there, I find in a good way pressure to really show up when it comes to my live performances.

Yeah, I completely understand that. If you’re performing at these dream stages, what is the next dream?

It can never end, you know what I mean? The dream is just to go bigger and better, bigger and better, bigger and better and when you think you’re at your biggest and your best, you’re not so that’s kind of the beauty of things — not just music but of anything. There’s no peak and that’s really cool.
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August 18, 2017
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VARIETY – Popular MTV franchise “Unplugged” will return to the network this fall. Shawn Mendes, who’s currently No. 1 at Top 40 radio with his latest single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” will kick off the reboot with a performance from downtown Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. “MTV Unplugged Shawn Mendes” is scheduled to air on Sept. 8.

“MTV Unplugged,” which features music acts reinterpreting their songs — and usually a cover — acoustically, first aired in 1989 and has showcased memorable performances from the likes of Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, and Adele, among others. But for 19-year-old Mendes, it was a clip of Pearl Jam performing on the show in 1992 that got him hooked on the concept — even if it took place years before he entered the world. “It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” Mendes tells Variety.

Mendes and his band have been rehearsing diligently in the days leading up to the Aug. 27 MTV Video Music Awards, where Mendes is nominated for Best Pop Video (for “Treat You Better”) and is set to perform. “We’ve been working our asses off just trying to figure out the most beautiful way to play these songs in a smaller, stripped-down way that still feels as impactful,” he says. “I feel like if I can do this right, then it will be a moment for me — where people can really understand and see me as a musician and a singer, and where I’m coming from.”

According to Amani Duncan, MTV SVP of Music and Executive In Charge of Music for “Unplugged,” for the “2.0 version” of the series, which had aired semi-regularly in the U.S. through 2009, each show will take place in a different venue of some meaning to the featured artist. “Let’s take it to cool locations” was the thought,” Duncan explains. “Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.’”

That the “Unplugged” franchise may not have been familiar to millennials wasn’t a concern. Adds Duncan: “At MTV, the brand equity is still so strong. It gives us an opportunity to bring back nostalgia and also recruit an entirely new consumer who may not know what ‘Unplugged’ was because they weren’t born.”
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March 14, 2017
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The film marks the helmer’s first foray into the genre.

Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes will make his big-screen acting debut in Ivan Reitman’s musical Summer of Love.

The 18-year-old Canadian broke out as a Vine star, but has since become a full-fledged sensation thanks to such hits as “Stitches” and “Treat You Better.”

Reitman, who also is Canadian, enlisted Mendes to star in the project, which currently is being shopped to studios. Reitman has never directed a musical before.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the title is believed to reference the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young hippies, converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in opposition to the Vietnam War. The summer was known for iconic musical performances in Northern California by such artists as The Who, The Grateful Dead, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Byrds. The pic is described as a road-trip movie.

Reitman’s Montecito Picture Co., which has its own financing, paid for the film’s development. Reitman, who wrote the screenplay, last directed 2014’s Draft Day.

Summer of Love won’t mark Mendes’ first film role, as he voiced a character in The Weinstein Co.’s 2013 animated film Underdogs, but it represents his first live-action part in a feature.

Musicals suddenly have renewed currency in Hollywood in the wake of La La Land’s success. That film recently crossed the $400 million mark worldwide.

January 12, 2017
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BILLBOARD – While some struggle to find the perfect wedding gift for long-time pals, Shawn Mendes gave his friends something they will always remember: a performance of an original song he had composed for the newlyweds.

Mendes wrote the song, titled “Try My Best,” based on a love letter the groom penned for the bride. The singer-songwriter, responsible for such heartfelt smashes as “Stitches” and “Treat You Better,” sang while strumming an acoustic guitar, as the couple enjoyed what appeared to be their first dance as man and wife.

December 05, 2016

FLAUNT MAGAZINE – Shawn Mendes would rather take a drive to the beach than go out to the club. However, he’s a Leo, and he’s not exactly shy. He’s a tender-voiced, albeit outspoken, peach-fuzzed cat of 18 who rocketed to fame after posting to the Vine social media platform short looping videos of himself singing. Three years, and almost half a billion plays later, I’m listening to his new record, Illuminate—every song of which seems to either be about love or the loss of love or heartbreak or how he can get that person back or why he just can’t do it anymore.

“Love is probably the strongest emotion that you can feel.” Mendes tells me, “It’s very natural—and I wouldn’t want to say easy—but natural and comfortable to write about, and there’s so many different forms of it, millions of layers, you could write forever about it.”

An 18 year-old telling me this makes me sweat—I’m quite a stretch older than Mendes and I can’t seem to keep a relationship going for longer than a month—I dread the notion of writing about it forever. “The second you start trying to write about things that other people want to hear,” Mendes advises, “it’s not as honest as it should be”

Mendes, tell me more, dude, I need it… and yes, we are calling each other dude and man, and it feels good. “My family, growing up, all my cousins, all of us, we all spoke about how we were feeling, it wasn’t a hide your emotions type family,” he says sniffling from the Canadian cold (where he is at the moment, at home in the suburbs of Pickering, Ontario, about 20 miles east of Toronto). “If you have good intentions and your heart is in the right place then you’re gonna be okay,” he counsels, “I’m trying to stay as real as I possibly can.”

And what about this new album is Mendes trying to illuminate? His coming of age? His impending adulthood? (Which I foresee being filled with Grammies and houses at the top of Holmby Hills and retreats in Palm Springs—probably more on the level of Gstaad—and lots of champagne and girls and boys and first class tickets and the best seats in the finest restaurants and swimming pools and an entourage of Chows, presuming he likes dogs…)

But how? He’s 18. When I was 18 I was eating lots of bagels with cream cheese, smoking joints with my dad and calling it quits. Compare and despair. Quit it! But for Mr. Mendes, will there be ups and downs? Will the wave of life not always be a sweet, opalescent, purple Hawaiian swell that drags on for a mile, so meditative, so rich?
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September 24, 2016

ROLLING STONE – Shawn Mendes is sitting in his dressing room in New York one recent Saturday afternoon, feeling a little disoriented. Partly, this is because he just saw a guy’s leg get crushed in a gnarly traffic accident. But it’s also because the 18-year-old is about to headline Madison Square Garden for the first time. The show sold out in five minutes, and young girls with wide smiles are lined up around the venue as we talk backstage. “It’s nuts for it to be packed here for me,” says the singer-guitarist, who worries he’s “under-rehearsed” for the gig. “I don’t know what, how or why it’s happening, but I’m gonna do the best I can.”

Mendes’ whole career has been a little disorienting. In three years, he’s gone from hockey-loving teenager in a Pickering, Ontario, bedroom to Vine star to chart-topping sensation. His first LP, 2015’s Handwritten, debuted at Number One, and it’s a good bet Mendes’ new album, Illuminate, will as well. Unlike past teen idols, Mendes has achieved that status not with bad-boy bravado but with small-town charm and catchy acoustic folk-pop tunes.

The singer-songwriter caught up with Rolling Stone to discuss his sophomore album, his experience recording with eight collaborators in an upstate New York cabin called “the Club House” and his dreams of pursuing acting in the future – though he’ll have to tackle an international arena tour first.

The last time we spoke in depth, it was right before you went to the Club House to finish recording the album. You were talking about working on your vocals and musicianship. With the album completed, are you feeling that you’re getting to that point?

I’m feeling the same. I’m feeling better! I feel amazing. We’ve practiced so much. But I’m never going to feel good enough for what’s happening, to be honest with you. It’s so surreal and so crazy. It’s nuts for this to be packed here for me. I don’t know what, how or why it’s happening, but I’m gonna do the best I can because that’s all I’ve been doing. I’m just gonna go out there and have fun and connect with the crowd and do what I always do.

Listening to the album, it does show a lot of growth. How do you think Illuminate compares to your first LP?
It’s such a difference: vocally, lyrically. Just the songs are so much better. I love Handwritten but I really love Illuminate. It’s so much better to me.

What was the experience of recording at the Club House?
There were eight of us there. If you could picture a bunch of grown men at camp, it was literally the most stress-free, do-what-you-will environment. We were sleeping right beside the studio. We’d go for walks at 2 a.m. and wake up and go for jogs at 7 a.m. It was like we left the earth for 10 days and were on some other planet.

You mentioned how you were hoping to work with John Mayer on this album. Did he play any part in the songs?
I didn’t get to work with him, but he listened to a bunch of the songs and gave great pieces of advice through the music and production and lyrics and stuff, especially on songs like “Three Empty Words” and “Ruin” and “Patience.” It was great to have him listening through it all.

I love the series of songs from “Patience” through “Bad Reputation” and “Understand,” and how they show off a lot of the evolution in your songwriting. Can you tell me about those three?
“Patience” was basically about a time with an older girl, but not like much older. She was just a bit older. I don’t like age barriers. I don’t like when people treat you differently when they find out how old you are. It was kind of just my anger towards adults not treating mature kids like they deserve to be treated. Or like choosing to treat someone their age when it’s good for you and not when it’s good for them. “Bad Reputation” was the first song we wrote for the whole album. Here in New York, we started it in a hotel room; six months later we finished it at the Club House. “Understand” was one of the last songs we wrote about life in general. That was one of the most organic, beautiful things we ever created. We were all laying on the floor in the studio with a notepad and the piano on loop.

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August 25, 2016

Shawn is featured on the upcoming cover of Billboard Magazine. You can check out the magazine cover along with outtakes in our gallery. I’ll add digital scans once the issue is released! Below is video that features and interview and some behind the scenes footage. A snippet of the interview can be read below. Shawn tweeted that some statements weren’t true, so keep that in mind and read as you wish.

BILLBOARD – Barely 10 minutes have passed since Shawn Mendes slipped out of the back of the Saltair Pavilion, a 4,500-capacity venue outside of Salt Lake City, with his ­photographer, assistant and tour ­manager to shoot photos on the exposed bed of the Great Salt Lake, which the sun has sucked dry.

We’re scrambling after Mendes, a 6-foot-2-inch-tall 18-year-old who works out every morning at 9:30 a.m., when the walkie-talkie on his tour manager’s hip crackles.

“They’re coming,” says the voice, which belongs to Mendes’ security guard, Jake, who’s trailing behind the group. Jake is sounding a warning about the girls: Roughly a couple hundred of them have ­congregated at the top of a hill behind the venue to watch Mendes as he crouches low in a pose for his photographer. A few of the more intrepid of these fans have c­lambered down, ducked under a line of yellow caution tape and begun trudging in our direction, their feet sinking into the sand. Jake warns them that they have a choice — approach Mendes now, or be allowed to stay and see him at tonight’s show — and they retreat. These are not Sunset Strip groupies, circa ’87. These girls are here with their moms.

Does Mendes ever tire of this?

“Every day,” he replies.

The scene serves as an all-too-obvious metaphor for the distance Mendes now seeks from his first blush of celebrity, as the object of social-media-enabled tween-girl obsession. When Island Records signed him in May 2014, Mendes’ clean-scrubbed good looks and campfire-cozy ­performances on acoustic guitar already had earned him 200,000 followers (and his own hashtag, #shirtlessshawn) on Vine. Thanks to his 2.7 million followers on the platform, his first single, “Life of the Party,” sold almost 150,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, with zero radio promotion. His fans again boosted his debut album, Handwritten, to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April 2015. “Stitches” racked up 204 ­million streams and hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100; “Treat You Better” is No. 14 and ­climbing on the Hot 100. “He has his finger on the pulse of girls’ hearts,” says R&B singer JoJo, who recently covered “Treat You Better.”

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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.”

December 10, 2015
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1 Week On The Billboard 200

1 Week On The Billboard 200

In February 2013, Fall Out Boy had just announced its return from a nearly three-year hiatus, Shawn Mendes was a ninth grader who had yet to discover a new app called Vine, and Island Records was still Island Def Jam. Flash forward to 2015, and Fall Out Boy — Patrick Stump, 31; Pete Wentz, 36; Joe Trohman, 31; and Andy Hurley, 35 — and Mendes, 17, are two of the top acts for Island, which has been on a hot streak since its split from Def Jam in April 2014.

MENDES Sometimes it feels like my fans know me better than I know myself.

December 05, 2015
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USMAGAZINE.COM – “Stitches” singer Shawn Mendes, whose reissued album, Handwritten Revisited, is out now, shared his top acoustic tracks exclusively with Us Weekly. See the 17-year-old’s full playlist below to find out which unplugged songs he loves!

“Why Georgia” by John Mayer: “John is a major reason I started playing guitar. This is perfection.”

“Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber: “This is one of the best cuts on his new album. It’s simple and such a great concept. I’m such a huge fan.”

“Move Together” by James Bay: “His ability to convey such raw emotion in songs is unreal. I can’t stop listening. I wish I had written it!”

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s: “It never gets old. One of the best, simplest songs ever. I’ve been covering this in a lot of my concerts lately.”

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran: “Easily my favorite song of this year. Lyrically, it’s just so amazing and so simple. Ed is the man!”

“Here” by Alessia Cara: “She’s one of the coolest new artists right now. This has been one of my favorite songs for so long now. It has such a cool vibe.”

“That Sweater” by Scott Helman: “Such a great songwriter! This song is so good and real. He put so much into it.”

“One and Only” by Adele: “One of the best songs on Adele’s last album. I just started to get back into it. It never gets old. A purely great song!”

“Apologize” by OneRepublic: “I love the piano in this song, and it’s actually the first song I learned to play on the piano. I bow down to the songwriting.”