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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 20, 2017

Shawn is featured on one of the three covers for the September issue of GQ Italia! He looks super handsome in the photos 😉 Check out digital scans as well as outtakes in the gallery!

July 06, 2017

i-D – Next month will be Canadian Vine star-turned-seriously massive pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes’ 19th birthday. The big day (make a note, 8 August) might be bang in the middle of his American tour, but he’s booked four days off work to move into the condo he just bought in Toronto. Hopefully his neighbours are braced for the inevitable double house-warming and birthday party situation that any right-minded 19-year-old would throw.

If you’re reading this, it’s pretty possible that you’re one of the 28 million people who have watched the video for his most recent single There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back. Or maybe you’re one of his 23 million Instagram followers. Given all this, we thought we’d invite Shawn round for a chat, and he turned up with the biggest entourage we’ve had at i-D HQ since Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu popped by three years ago. Thankfully, he ditched them for some one-on-one with us — the label reps, security and management team loitering in reception whilst we sat with the (still fairly, all things considered) down to earth popstar. So let’s get stuck in.

Shawn, what do you do if you’re feeling a bit down, to help you get back to that place where there’s (sorry) nothin’ holding you back?
When I’m home sick or tired because I’ve been on the road for a long time — which is where I am now — I remember how much I believe that people were meant to do certain things. So sometimes, when I feel like I can’t do something, I end up having my best day and making my best work. I’m like, “Come on Shawn, this is what you are meant to do!” Other than that, perspective is the best thing in the world. I’ve just begun telling myself, live day-by-day, and when things get really hard, live hour-by-hour. It completely calms me down.

So mindful. When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actor, like, so so bad. I took acting classes, I auditioned for Disney, and then I realised how nervous I got with remembering lines. Then music kind of fell upon me when I was around 13. I started watching YouTube videos and singing and it became something that I was obsessed with. Next thing I know, I was fully in it.

What would you most like to change about the world?
I think what I’d like to most change about the world is both a good and bad thing. I wish people would care less, but also care more. Do you know what I mean? People care too much about the wrong things. If people were a little more light-hearted and cared about the right things, then it would all be a bit nicer.
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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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December 04, 2016

Shawn was on Saturday Night Live last night. He sang Merch and Treat You Better. Check out his performances below. And check out his bumper photo and photos from his performance in the gallery.

September 24, 2016

933 FLZ – It’s been a little over a year since Shawn Mendes released his debut album Handwritten. But the Toronto, Canada born singer/songwriter is already releasing his sophomore album called Illuminate (on Sept. 23rd) via Island Records. In total, the record has 12 new tracks, and features his hit single “Treat You Better,” which hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Illuminate also includes promotional singles like “Three Empty Words,” “Mercy,” and “Don’t Be A Fool.”

Back in June, when released “Treat You Better,” he performed an exclusive and intimate concert for fans at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City. During the show, he not only performed his new single (and songs from Handwritten), but he also performed another new song from Illuminate, “Three Empty Words.” He told his fans of the song at the time, “The song is beautifully written, and I’m really pumped about it.”

Shawn recently told us all about his new album Illuminate, during an exclusive interview when he stopped by iHeartRadio HQ in New York City. We learned about the story behind the album’s title, what the most personal song on the record is to him, the writing process, and more.

5 Facts About Shawn Mendes’s New Album Illuminate
1. He named his album Illuminate as a reminder that music is one of the biggest things that sheds light on people through their dark times (AWW!).
Simply just because, it’s a little dark, but when people are going through rough times in their life, music is kind of the biggest thing that sheds light on people through their dark times. And that was kind of where we were coming from.”

2. “Understand” is one of the most personal songs to him on the album.
I could never choose a favorite song, but personally, there’s ‘Three Empty Words.’ [And] ‘Understand’ is one of the last songs on the album, and that song is probably the most personal to me. It’s a lot about growing up, and my friends, and just feelings and emotions all poured into one song.”

3. “Bad Reputation” was the most challenging song to write. He wanted to make sure the lyrics were just right.
One of the hardest songs that I found to write was ‘Bad Reputation,’ and that was because the concept is so intriguing, that I wanted to make sure we had lyrics that could follow up what we actually wanted to. Creating, it’s almost like having a really good movie idea, but making sure you get the right actors and movie to come across. And so that was a very hard one for me, making sure that every lyric was so incredible with that one.”

4. During the writing process for Illuminate, Shawn sometimes stayed up into the early morning hours (even until sunrise) writing songs with people he considers to be close friends.
The writing process was probably one of the most memorable processes of my life. We opened a studio in upstate New York, in the middle of the woods, and it was like some of the songs like 2 a.m., we’re all laying on the floor in the studio just looking at the ceiling, and just writing. Just talking about everything. The good thing about me and like the people I worked with, and wrote the album with, is that we’re all extremely close friends. So, half the time we were writing, half the time we were just talking and hanging out, and that’s I think what made the songs so special. We would go to like 4 or 5 a.m. Sometimes it gets bright out when we finished the song.”

5. The subject matter of the songs on Illuminate is more mature, and Shawn has had a lot to write about over the last few years since writing his debut album Handwritten.
They might be surprised by some of the content in some of the songs. It’s a lot more mature. What I’m talking about is a bit more grown up, so I think maybe they’ll be surprised by some of that. It’s only been a year [since Handwritten was released], but when I wrote Handwritten, I was 15. And when I wrote Illuminate, I was 17/18. So not only do you change a lot in that time, just as a person, but when you’re kind of in this crazy world, a lot changes. You have a lot to write about.”

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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June 03, 2016

Shawn is featured on the cover of the June/July issue of Seventeen Magazine. I have added a few outtakes along with HQ digital scans of the magazine to the gallery. Enjoy! Please credit back if re-posting as I had to buy the issue myself 🙂

December 09, 2015 had a portrait booth backstage at the 102.7 KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball concert held this past weekend in Los Angeles. You can check out a portrait they took of Shawn below! You can also check out a fun guess the holiday candle game below that Shawn participated in!