Sunday, June 16, 2024

Pop: 18 Year Old Sensation Shawn Mendes Hits the Charts at Number 1 with Second Album


Shawn Mendes’s second album, “Illuminate,” is number 1 this week. The 18 year old sold 120,000 CDs and downloads, and about 23,000 more streams.

This is quite an achievement as two years ago no one except his parents and manager Andrew Gertler knew who he was. But my teenage nieces had seen him on YouTube and told me about Shawn in 2014, and we went at their urging to his first ever show in New York. A couple hundred other girls also showed up and the screaming level was off the charts.

Mendes is a better Bieber, a real songwriter who plays most of his shows acoustic. He comes from Canada, has lovely parents, and won’t be getting arrested any time soon. There’s no fakery here. What a relief!


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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