Shawn Mendes' Illuminate Album Is ~Finally~ Released!

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Shawn Mendes’ new album is finally here and we're ~obsessed~!

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Illuminate is the 18-year-old singer’s second studio album featuring the hit song “Treat You Better” along with “Mercy,” “Three Empty Words,” and more. After the success of his debut album Handwritten, Shawn found inspiration in many artists (Nick Jonas, John Mayer, One Republic, Chance the Rapper) in developing a more mature, yet soulful sound (and don't even get us started on the beautiful lyrics!)

** Spoiler Alert **  During the song "Understand," Shawn has a beautiful monologue. In a recent Twitter Q&A, the talented Canadian said, "At the end of the song, I just went into the booth and started speaking. We didn't plan it at all and then it actually sounded okay. I'm still very nervous about it because I've never done anything like that, but it was super random." Oh Shawn, we love you!

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But, it's not just us ~loving~ this album! After being released for only a few hours, the album went to number one in a whopping 60 countries! It's confirmed- he's definitely not just a pretty face!

What are your opinions on this album? Share your thoughts!

Written by Kelsey Wielingen