As predicted, the teen population in the United States leads the music business, and their musical choices correspond more with their age. Given this, new talent has been on the increase, and the U.S. market has responded positively to young artists.
Shawn Mendes is one of these young talents who has achieved great success at a young age by appealing to the masses. As a singer and composer, he has blossomed, and he has cooperated with many other emerging talents to boost his reputation. His albums have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and performed exceptionally well on the Billboard charts, garnering widespread popular acclaim.
The career of this Canadian pop singer and songwriter took off after he uploaded a series of music cover versions online. He earned recognition for his voice and quickly built a fan base, especially because of his talent and attractive teen-idol looks.
In 2014, his debut single “Life of the Party” peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 100, making the then-15-year-old Mendes the youngest artist to achieve a Top 25 debut single. “Handwritten” debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making Mendes one of just five artists to ever debut at number one before turning 18 years old. The single “Stitches” topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.
Its singles “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” reached the top 10 in a number of countries. The lead song for his self-titled third studio album (2018) was “In My Blood.” The album debuted at number one in the United States, making Mendes the third-youngest artist with three number-one albums. He recorded the successful songs “If I Can’t Have You” and “Seorita” in 2019, with the latter topping the US Billboard Hot 100. His fourth studio album, Wonder (2020), made Mendes the youngest male artist to have have four studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200.
Singer’s priorities have shifted “to hear and what is important to me”
The 23-year-old singer felt inspired watching Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar perform at the Super Bowl in February, and Shawn is now more determined than ever to make a mark with his music. The singer is currently working on his new album and preparing for his “Wonder” world tour. He is determined to make his music as authentic as possible.
This isn’t the first time the singer has aimed for authenticity; in fact, after his breakup with Camila Cabello, he released an emotional ballad called “It’ll be okay” and confessed about having a hard time on social media and wishes his fans to connect to his singles with their own troubles.
The Canadian native went on to tell the media outlet that spirituality is a “part of my life that is much bigger than I actually even let on.” The pop star has spent every Thursday for the past year meditating and discussing scriptures, including the Bhagavad Gita, with “Think Like A Monk” author Jay Shetty. During a recent trip to Hawaii, Shawn and Youtuber Hitomi Mochizuki were spotted participating in the shamanic ritual Rapé, which is used to cleanse oneself of negative energy.