Two No. 1 albums by the age of 18, 1.5 billion views on YouTube and a world tour that sold out in six minutes – Canadian Shawn Mendes is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Mendes was discovered on the video-sharing platform Vine in 2013 after posting a string of six-second covers of One Direction, 5SOS and Justin Bieber, which gained him legions of fans (called the Mendes Army). His first single 'Life of the Party' was released in June 2014 through Island Records and he became the youngest artist to debut in theBillboard Hot 100’s top 25 with a first chart entry. In July his four-track debut EP, 'The Shawn Mendes EP', reached number one on iTunes in 37 minutes. Following this incredible success, both of Mendes’ albums topped the Billboard chart in the US and Canada and he is now one of only five artists to achieve two No. 1 albums by the age of 18.
Shawn Mendes: The Ultimate Fan Book will be the first illustrated hardback book on the market about the star, meeting the surge of fan frenzy that is building with each album, which will explode during his 2017 world tour. The book will delve – in an enthusiastic tone and fan-focused style, richly illustrated with photographs of the heartthrob – into Mendes’ pre-fame history, his discovery on Vine and his use of social media to connect with his 14.2 million Instagram followers and his 7.5 million Twitter fans, his world tour, Number One albums and EP, friendship with friends and mentors Taylor Swift, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, The Vamps and Austin Mahone, and explores his bright, exciting future as the prince of blues-pop.
About the Author
Malcolm Croft is a former music journalist and popular culture commissioning editor. Over the past 15 years he has spent time with many of the world's most exciting bands, from 5SOS to McFly, and many others in between. He lives in London.