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    SHAWN MENDES ON KISS 92.5 TORONTO After battling a bout with the flu this passed week, Shawn Mendes has returned to his promotional tour, now moving up to his home country Canada. Shawn is currently promoting his current single "Glass Castles", the second single from his upcoming album Human. The song has been very successful, earning Shawn his second consecutive solo top 10 and third overall. The song is one of the most raw and personal songs that's been released recently, going deep into the subject of anxiety and depression, something Shawn has battled with since he was an early teenager. The personal nature of the song continues to display Shawn's thematic reinvention, taking on the personal task of breaking down the typical barriers that exist between the artist and the listener in order to form a much more personal connection to the listener. The song also continues displaying Shawn's musical reinvention in which he strips away many of the more overtly pop elements and replaces them with more conventional hand played instrumentation. The album is just over two weeks away so audiences are busy preparing for Shawn's release. As part of his promo trial, Shawn was interviewed at Kiss 92.5 in his home city of Toronto. ON THE HARDER SOUND OF "GLASS CASTLES" "It is the hardest track on the album without a doubt. This is the closest that I've ever come to straight up hard rock, which isn't a territory that I really plan to get into. The sound of Glass Castles was dictated by the intensity of the emotions that surround the song. I didn't realize just how aggressive it sounded until we finished recording it, but I felt that it was appropriate for the song. The first half of the album is much more rock oriented and harder sounding, but this is the hardest it gets. The second half is more relaxed, but the first half has those heavy guitars and such. But even among those songs, this one does stand out a bit. I think that it's what I needed to do with the song. I can't imagine it sounding any other way. It's a little hard to swallow at first but once you get wrapped up in what the song is saying, you start to feel that pull into the harder edged music." ON NOT HAVING A LARGE ENCORE PRESENCE "Encore has been something that I really enjoy and am thankful for, but i've not put a lot of attention onto it which does need to change. Encore is such an important platform for music today as it allows the audience to come directly to the songs and have access to them whenever they want. I am a frequent user of Encore as many people are. Along the way I think that it's slipped my mind that i have music there and my team and I are working to remedy that. I'd really love to be able to grow and expand my presence on Encore and I plan to do that. Streaming is something that's become second nature for a lot of artists but I'm still the new kid on the block in a lot of ways even though I've been at this for over a year. I'm still working things out and now that I've made progress, I can put my eyes on Encore much more. What I'm saying basically is go subscribe and play the songs." (Laughs) ON FEELING LIKE AN INDUSTRY OUTSIDER STILL "I've been lucky to have so much support my fans. And I've gotten some support from fellow artists as well such as Halsey and Brendon Urie. But I still do feel like an outsider still. I don't think that i've been totally accepted yet by the industry. I think a lot of it comes down to both my background and the way I've gone about my career. No matter what I do, there's going to be people that will always look at me as the 'Vine Kid'. And I don't exactly mind that. That is my background and it's a part of my life even if I don't talk about it much and i've tried to personally forget it. Vine isn't the platform that many artists have built a career off of. And even though it was around three years after I ended that part of my life that i got signed, that's always going to be attached to me. And once I did come into the industry, I took routes that weren't like what anyone expected. Going for the more political side of things, attacking insane concepts, forging complex storylines...it was different. And different can be difficult for people to decide on whether they like it or not. So I think that most of my peers don't exactly view me as a peer quite yet. That's changing, but I still have a lot to prove." "Glass Castles" is available on iTunes and for streaming on Encore. Human is available for pre-order and will be available worldwide on March 8. You can subscribe to Shawn on Encore now.
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    Sorry didn't mean to take top post for something fairly insignificant
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    SHAWN: Singles: $64,4921 TOTAL: $64,491
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    Thank you <3
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    I have the fucking flu sksks
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    Sorry for the inactivity. I've been sick and we're also moving some friends into our house. I'm honestly cool with the break starting whenever. I don't mind delaying Shawn's album I filled out the poll form but I'm fine with any date you all choose!
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    SHAWN: Singles: $208,36 TOTAL: $208,036
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    Okay Ari SNAPPT on thank u, next. I love it. bad idea and ghostin' are masterpieces!
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    SHAWN MENDES TALKS TO ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ONLINE Shawn Mendes is out on the promo trail for his new single "Glass Castles". The song acts as the second single from Shawn's upcoming sophomore album Human which is due for a worldwide release on March 8th. The song continues Shawn's musical, thematic, and even personal reinvention which was started with the release of the album's lead single. This new direction has moved Shawn from overt pop toward a more organic and rock/alternative inspired approach, with the two singles, as indicated by Shawn, to be the heaviest on the record. The song also shows Shawn at his most vulnerable, touching upon his own personal struggles with anxiety and depression. It fits in with the confessional intentions of his new music which aims to, as Shawn described it, break down the barrier between himself and his fans. ON THE HESITATION TO RELEASE "GLASS CASTLES" "I almost didn't. It was almost not a single and almost not on the album. I was a little uncomfortable with it. I didn't want to be so vulnerable. But then I realized that I really did want to be that vulnerable, that that was the point. I don't think anybody finds any joy in talking about their problems. But to stand up and face those problems and to let that out...it's important and it could mean life or death in some cases. I've never been in the space where my life was in danger because of my problems, but I'm well aware that I could find myself there some day. I've had anxiety for years but it's really escalated since finding fame, and with that there's been issues with depression that have come along with it. I'm good, I'm taking care of it and this song is part of that. But I wasn't incredibly on board with letting the world know about all that. After I recorded the vocals for the song, I stepped outside for some air and my drummer Austin came to check on me and I was just talking to him about I couldn't and wouldn't release this song. But something convinced me to sit down with Landon and master it. Then something came over me and just said 'release it' so I announced it as the second single. And I had a full on panic the night before release. I felt like I'd made such a big mistake and I was thinking about what people were gonna say. Thinking about getting made fun of in the press and on social media, or be called weak, or even to be accused of trying to profit off of a common problem in the world today. I almost retracted it and announced a change of plans. Obviously, i didn't...and I'm glad I didn't. It has really helped me to release this song." ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FANS "I've made it a point to try and be as close to my fans as I can. That's why I'm trying to do what I am. I've talked about breaking down a barrier and the reason for that is so I can be even closer to them. I gained a pretty strong following back in the days of Vine and I was a part of MAGCON which was based entirely around getting to meet fans face to face. I grew to hate the whole MAGCON thing but I still really loved seeing the fans. That's why I stayed as long as I did. I've kept that desire to be face to face with my fans since then. It's become harder now to get face to face with them since finding a new level of fame. But what drives me to continue to keep that closeness up is how hard my fans work to support me and to come and see me. They waited outside of the venues I played on tour even if they didn't have tickets just so they could get the chance to see me going in and maybe get a picture. They meet me at the airport, they meet me at hotels. It's incredible. And when I see a fan, I want to speak to them. I want them to come up to me if they see me in the street. We have a really strong bond and it's something that I value so much. It drives me to me to be the best that I can and do things that will amaze them as much as they amaze me." ON WHO HE GOT STARSTRUCK MEETING "You know, I thought I wouldn't be the kind of person to get starstruck meeting people but I have on many occasions! When I met Madonna for the first time, I was a nervous wreck. She invited me to her then apartment in Nw York and that's where we did my signing. She's this larger than life woman that I've been such a huge fan of since I was little. My Mom is crazy for Madonna and she made me crazy for Madonna too so meeting her was like this earth rocking event. I was amazed, I was nervous, and probably embarrassingly awkward. I met Brendon Urie at the BRITs last year and that was before I even had released my first single. I can 100% confirm I was embarrassingly awkward when I met him. I got super into Panic! at the Disco when I was in high school and then I fell in love with the music he makes as a solo artist. I had Love Lost in Vegas on CD, on vinyl, and on my phone and I really connected with it. He's been a musical influence since I got into Panic. I can't overstate the importance that he's had on my career and my musical identity. So when I met him, I attempted to explain all that to him and I really failed, stumbled over my words like a total idiot. I'm glad he was so chill about it and he doesn't find me weird as far as I know. (Laughs)." "Glass Castles" can be purchased on iTunes and streamed on Encore now. Human is available for pre-order now and will be available worldwide March 8th.
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    The lengths we must go to for our art.
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    SHAWN MENDES ON CONAN Shawn Mendes is out on the promo trail for his new single "Glass Castles". The song acts as the second single from Shawn's upcoming sophomore album Human which is due for a worldwide release on March 8th. The song continues Shawn's musical, thematic, and even personal reinvention which was started with the release of the album's lead single. This new direction has moved Shawn from overt pop toward a more organic and rock/alternative inspired approach, with the two singles, as indicated by Shawn, to be the heaviest on the record. The song also shows Shawn at his most vulnerable, touching upon his own personal struggles with anxiety and depression. It fits in with the confessional intentions of his new music which aims to, as Shawn described it, break down the barrier between himself and his fans. ON THE MUSICAL COMPLEXITY OF "GLASS CASTLES" "It's a densely layered song and one of the most intricate songs I've ever had. There are a lot of different parts that twist and turn together to create the overall sound and getting those right and getting them to fit together was something Landon, my co-producer, and I spent a lot of time working on. The base layer is the strings. It's the most prominent sound within the song and the orchestra track was what we built everything off of. The orchestra arrangement in and of itself is dense. The next important component is the drums which don't really follow any set cadence or rhythm. They change and adapt with the song as it goes so my drummer Austin had to lay it about 8 times before it was where it needed to be. The next component was my guitar part. I'm the only guitar on the song. My rhythm guitarist Matthew actually was playing a second bass along with my usual bassist Paul because the bass line was really important to my guitar part. It was the backdrop my guitar was built on. I used heavy distortion on my guitar to give it a little more power. The last element was my vocals. This song is incredibly hard to sing because I decided to reach into that raspy territory with the vocals. In the end, this was the only song that wasn't recorded as a band in studio. We did all of the parts individually on this one. Every other song was done as if being performed but in the studio. The only non-live captured portions are the orchestra parts on a few songs." ON HIS SOUND REINVENTION "It feels weird to say I've had a reinvention in my sound, but I really have. The Resistance was an album that didn't have a specific sound to it and because of that I think it lacked some focus. I'll be the first to admit that the sound of the album was influenced by commercial viability which isn't something I'm exactly proud to say, but I know I'm not the first that's gone down that route. I don't dislike the sound of The Resistance. I'm a pop music fan for sure but I never had any experience in playing straight up pop music. I played guitar and sang, I didn't really have the ability prior to recording The Resistance to make something that sounds like what's heard on the radio. I did it, I had fun doing it, but it's not a sound that I'm comfortable committing to. I decided with Human that I wanted to go to something that was truer to what I know and the kind of music that I learned how to play. Going for a more rock oriented sound, focusing on guitar and piano, that's what I'm comfortable with. It's the music I made sitting in my room posting videos on Vine. I did branch out into some new things on this album that may be considered a bit experimental, but it's still in the lane that I've decided to be traveling in." ON POST ALBUM RELEASE PLANS "Well, the primary focus will be to be out and promoting the album. I'm going to be going to South America again and then probably head out to Asia. I've visited Asia once or twice but I've never gone all out with it so I'd like to. I'm not quite sure when that's going to happen, but we'll get it all put together as soon as we can. I'm really looking forward to getting some face to face time with fans and general audiences once the album's out because we'll have a lot to discuss. This a really dense record that discusses a lot of things so I want to talk with them about it and answer questions and get their reactions. For the goals I have with this album, I've talked about that desire to break down the traditional barrier between the artist and the audience. I really want to pursue that and do something different, but for the fans. I don't like the feeling of too much distance between me and the fans because eventually that's going to close us off from each other. The long term goal is to tour. I'm already thinking up ideas of how to tour this album. I'd really like to do bigger venues this time around to open up an entirely new world of possibilities to play. It would be really interesting to take on the challenge of finding intimacy with the crowd whilst being in a big venue. We'll see what happens." ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF "GLASS CASTLES" The performance of the song was simple and stripped back. The focus of this performance was placed on Shawn's vocals which carried strong emotional weight but beautiful tone and consistency. Shawn stood in the center of the stage in a pool of light from above. On the screen behind him, we see an actual castle of glass sitting on a hill that slowly breaks apart throughout the song. At the song's conclusion, the spotlight and screen went out, leaving Shawn in the dark. Conan then come over as lights came up and shook Shawn's hand and told everyone to buy the song and to stream and follow him on Encore, as well as to pre-order Human. "Glass Castles" can be purchased on iTunes and streamed on Encore now. Human is available for pre-order now and will be available worldwide March 8th.
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    @hector Sis don't go so easy on Comatose. Say what we're all thinking. Go off, it's hilarious!
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    SHAWN MENDES ON KISS 108 BOSTON Shawn Mendes is out on the promo trail for his new single "Glass Castles". The song acts as the second single from Shawn's upcoming sophomore album Human which is due for a worldwide release on March 8th. The song continues Shawn's musical, thematic, and even personal reinvention which was started with the release of the album's lead single. This new direction has moved Shawn from overt pop toward a more organic and rock/alternative inspired approach, with the two singles, as indicated by Shawn, to be the heaviest on the record. The song also shows Shawn at his most vulnerable, touching upon his own personal struggles with anxiety and depression. It fits in with the confessional intentions of his new music which aims to, as Shawn described it, break down the barrier between himself and his fans. ON THE HEAVY SOUND OF "GLASS CASTLES" "It's the heaviest song on the album music wise. Mysterious Skin is close but Glass Castles is a little more aggressive. The rest of the album isn't as aggressive as the two singles, especially not Glass Castles. Really, Glass Castles just had to be harder sounding and much more intimidating. The intensity of the themes and the mood and the feelings of the lyrics wouldn't have come across with anything lighter. And honestly, I feel like it's the best musical representation of what the song is talking about. Combining the softness of the orchestra with the hard and biting guitar really encapsulates the mixed emotions that come with anxiety and depression. Anyone who's been in that space knows the feeling I'm talking about. I was very aware of what the sound needed to be as I was composing. I was intentionally stepping beyond my typical boundary to explore and chase the abrasive sound, something I'd never worked with before. It can be jarring but it's supposed to be. It's supposed to take you by surprise." ON POTENTIAL CONTROVERSIAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN "Any time an artist decides to do something that's confessional, there's a lot of room for some controversial things to pop up. And there are a couple of things on this album that could fall into that category. I'm not really intending to ruffle feathers or create conversation, I'm intending to just be honest about my thoughts and my life. You're going to learn some interesting things about me on the album and you're going to hear what I think of certain events that have transpired since I entered into the industry. I have to walk a fine line somewhat. I don't want to make anyone angry or uncomfortable, but I don't want to stifle myself either. I'm not going to censor myself. My whole goal with the album is to create new threads of bonding with the fans. I want to step beyond the barrier that keeps artists and fans separate. I go for that goal wholeheartedly. And I'll be talking about things not everyone's going to like, but it's going to happen regardless." ON HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH MADONNA "Madonna is the one who gave me a record deal. I was flown out to her apartment in New York when she still had it back in 2017. We talked and she's the one who signed me and got me studio time and believed in me. She believed in me when no one else did and I can't and won't forget that. And she still has my back to this very day. I don't get to see her that often, but when I do, it's always a lot of fun. She treats me like a real friend would and that means a lot to me. She's the Queen of Pop...she doesn't have to do anything nice or friendly to a 20 year old relative newcomer from Canada. But she does. She texts me and calls and checks up on my music and what I'm up to. And I love that. As we saw on Twitter, I don't always see eye to eye with her, but when I don't she always accepts that I may not agree and is super chill about it. A lot of people have such negative perceptions of her and it's just not true. She's strong, but she's not a bitch." "Glass Castles" can be streamed on Encore on Shawn's official channel or purchased on iTunes. Human is available for pre-order now and will be released worldwide on March 8.
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