Shawn Mendes’s new album ‘Illuminate’ is officially out.


Shawn Mendes’s new album Illuminate is officially out.

The 18-year-old pop star is looking for another No. 1 debut with his new LP out today (Sep. 23), and with songs like “Don’t Be A Fool” and “Mercy,” the soulful crooner can do it. He’s experiencing whirlwind fame at an early age (his show at Madison Square Garden sold out in five minutes), but can the budding singer handle it?

“I’m feeling the same. I’m feeling better! I feel amazing. We’ve practiced so much,” Mendes told Rolling Stone about his voice. “But I’m never going to feel good enough for what’s happening, to be honest with you. It’s so surreal and so crazy. It’s nuts for this to be packed here for me. I don’t know what, how or why it’s happening, but I’m gonna do the best I can because that’s all I’ve been doing. I’m just gonna go out there and have fun and connect with the crowd and do what I always do.”

On the album, Mendes says vocally and lyrically, the “songs are so much better.” “I love Handwritten but I really love Illuminate. It’s so much better to me.”

To promote the release, Mendes stopped by the Today show to perform “Mercy.”

He also performed the same song on The Tonight Show, as well as participated in a skit titled Fall Tweets (but ends up roasting Jimmy Fallon which quite frankly I’m here for):

If you like what you hear, get ready for more. Even though his new album is just a day old, Mendes admits he’s already started penning the followup. “It’s all going to be growing with my life and what I’m listening to,” he said.

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