Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New 16 Year Old Bieber-Like Pop Star Will Offer $40 Special Edition of 1st Album


This is our youth: Shawn Mendes is 16 and his first album is being released in April. Today he announced the release of the album, called “Handwritten,” on the Today show. On his website, you can pre-order a $40 special edition with a 60 page book and three bonus tracks.

I guess it would one thing if “Handwritten” had already come out, been a hit, and there was some clamor for a souvenir. But isn’t a little avaricious to offer this before anything’s actually happened? I guess parents will buy this thing for their daughters the same way they get them $200 Beats headphones and $400 iPhones. Shawn’s people are probably smart in their marketing.

I’ve seen Shawn Mendes live, twice– once at his own show at the Best Buy Theater, and then again at the Jingle Ball. He has the potential to be a break out star. Tall and good looking, with a lot of acoustic songs and an earnest demeanor, Mendes is the anti-Bieber. Plus, the girls love him. He also has smart parents from Toronto who aren’t going to wind up with a kid constantly settling criminal complaints.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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