(Jan. 27, 2015 – New York, NY) Island Records singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, who took the music world by storm this past year with his RIAA certified gold debut single “Life of The Party” and his iTunes #1 EP, announced his debut album HANDWRITTEN, in addition to a 14-date international and U.S. tour run, this morning on NBC’s Today Show. The new tour dates, which sold out within minutes of going on sale, start in Stockholm, Sweden on February 23rd and carry on through Europe into early March. The tour picks up again April 8th through April 22nd running across the United States, and setting the stage for the April 28th release of Shawn’s eagerly anticipated debut album.
The album, which will be available for pre-order on iTunes next Monday, February 2nd, will feature hit singles Life Of The Party and Something Big, in addition to new songs crafted by Mendes in writing sessions on his tour bus over the course of the past year, including production by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” & Train’s “Hey Soul Sister”), as well as songs with Life Of The Party co-writers Ido Zmishlany & Scott Harris. An exclusive deluxe edition book is available for pre-order starting today on Shawn’s official website www.shawnmendesofficial.com.
In addition to the already released tracks, fans that pre-order the album on February 2nd will be treated with an instant download of the brand new song performed on Today Show, A Little Too Much, as well as 4 other new songs ahead of the album release.
The supporting upcoming tour dates are a continuation of Shawn’s first-ever sold out headline dates this past November which also sold out in just minutes, and is his first major stint back on the road since the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball Tour in December. Shawn is one of MTV’s 2015 Artists To Watch in addition to being selected to be a part of Vevo’s emerging artists program, LIFT. Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with over nine billion monthly views globally. Fans can visit Vevo’s apps, Vevo.com and syndication partner web sites for the opportunity to get to know Shawn through exclusive interviews, performance videos and behind-the-scenes footage.
Following his debut album release and U.S. headlining tour, Shawn will join Taylor Swift on 24 dates of her sold-out 1989 Tourbetween May and October of 2015.
Shawn’s 2014 career-defining hit “Life of The Party” vaulted to #1 on iTunes less than one hour after its release in June, and sold over 150,000 copies in its first week, making Shawn the youngest artist ever to land in the Billboard Hot100’s Top 25 with a debut single. Within 24 hours of its release and #1 debut, there were over 2 million mentions of “Life of The Party” on Twitter, skyrocketing it to the #1 position on Billboard’s Twitter Music charts. “Life of The Party” charted inside the iTunes Top 5 in 28 countries (including the UK, Brazil, Sweden, and Norway) and Top 10 in another 38 countries.
“Life of The Party” was the lynchpin of Shawn‘s self-titled 4-song debut EP that took over the iTunes #1 position less than 30 minutes after its release in July and debuted Top 5 on the Billboard chart.
Shawn, hailed as “Music’s First Vine Star” by Billboard, and one of Time Magazine’s most influential teens of 2014, was also crowned “The real deal” by Teen Vogue, transitioned from teen viral online sensation to full-fledged industry best-seller in July after being discovered by artist manager Andrew Gertler and signed to Island Records, and performed live on the FOX 5 morning television show Good Day New York, and ABC’s Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He also performed on and was interviewed by Ellen. Also in July, Shawn began his first major tour engagement, on the road across the U.S. and Canada with Austin Mahone’s Secret Tour.
Shawn, just 16-years-old, has accumulated over 43 million YouTube views as his clips have spread across Vine (over 3.6 million followers), YouTube (1.2 million subscribers), Instagram (over 2.5 million followers), Twitter (over 2.5 million followers), Facebook (over 1.2 million likes), and every online social outlet imaginable. Heading into 2015, Shawn is just getting started, writing and recording his own music, and growing into one of our brightest new stars.
“Something Big” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mytLRy32Viw
“Life of The Party” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fcTCMWx2-s&feature=kp
SHAWN MENDES HEADLINING TOUR
Date City Venue
Feb. 23 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Strand
25 Berlin, Germany Frannz Club
Mar. 1 Paris, France Le Boule Paris
4 London, UK The Garage
Apr. 8 Miami, FL Fillmore
10 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
12 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
14 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
15 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
17 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
19 Dallas, TX McFarlain Memorial Aud.
21 Phoenix, AZ LiveWire
22 Anaheim, CA Observatory
SHAWN MENDES @ TAYLOR SWIFT TOUR 2015
Date City Venue
May 22 Baton Rouge, LA Tiger Stadium
30 Detroit, MI Ford Field
June 6 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
12-13 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
July 10-11 East Rutherford, NJ Metlife Stadium
13-14 Washington, DC National Stadium
17-18 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
24-26 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
Aug. 1 Vancouver, B.C. BC Place Stadium
8 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
15 San Francisco, CA Levi’s Stadium
29 San Diego, CA Petco Park
Oct. 1-3 Toronto, Ont. Rogers Centre
17 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
24 Atlanta, GA GeorgiaDome
31 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium