Shawn Mendes is doing the damn thing y’all – and doing it quite well.
While I’ve been sleeping on him as of late (not literally, unfortunately), the talented heartthrob has had a solid streak thus far in his third studio album campaign, from the Kings of Leon-feeling “In My Blood” to the silky smooth “Lost In Japan.” But why stop there?
This week, Shawn returns with yet another brand new taste off of his forthcoming self-titled LP: “Youth” featuring Khalid!
The acoustic guitar-driven Joel Little production, recorded in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing, focuses on youthful hope through despair. “Waking up to headlines filled with devastation again, my heart is broken but I keep going,” Shawn and Khalid sing in the opening lines. “Pain, but I won’t let it turn into hate / No, I won’t let it change me.”
It’s meditative but empowering anthem with a simple yet effective refrain: “You can’t take my youth away.” Shawn hasn’t been the most outspoken when it comes to advocating for what he believes in, but in “Youth,” the message without a doubt shines through – this time, in the music. HERE FOR IT!