Artist of the Week: Shawn Mendes

The Canadian singer is currently gearing up for his upcoming third studio album as he released two singles off the effort within one day.

AceShowbiz - Shawn Mendes comes back stronger than ever. In anticipation of the release of his third studio album, the Canadian singer has released two singles off the effort, and what makes it special is the fact that he released both songs within one day.

The lead single, "In My Blood", showed that Mendes could turn a depressing issue into an amazing song. Released on March 22, the guitar-driven single featured the singer opening up about his secret battle with anxiety.

"It was kind of something that hit me within the last year. Before that growing up, I was a pretty calm kid, super steady," Mendes said of the song in an interview. "I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but when it hits you, you're like, 'Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.' That song is complete truth and the best thing about it is, it's not all down. The whole reason I wrote this song was to be like, at the end, 'It's not in my blood to do that.' "

The second single, "Lost in Japan", was premiered hours later. Unlike the previous track, this song found Mendes singing about his desire to meet his lover in Japan. Mendes shared that the song was inspired by Justin Timberlake's songs and an interesting dream. "I had this dream that I was lost in this country and I woke up the next day and we had this cool piano part and the song was birthed," he said.

Both song were obviously well received by fans, with "In My Blood" entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 72 just one day after its release. The song then blasted from No. 72 to No. 22 on the chart in its second week, while "Lost in Japan" debuted at No. 64.

In addition to gearing up for his new album, which is expected to be released this year, Mendes was dubbed one of the biggest winners at the 2018 Juno Awards. The 19-year-old heartthrob brought home two awards, which were Single of the Year for "There's Nothin' Holding Me Back" and Juno Fan Choice.

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