Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album recently, via Island Records. The album follows 2016’s double platinum Illuminate which spawned three Top 10 singles. All three of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. NME declares Shawn Mendes: The Album “a bright and bold new direction,” while Billboard noted that the album transitions “into a more mature world of brilliant production and poignant songwriting.”
Among the album’s track listing are his smash hits “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” which were released to rave reviews and soared to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the US, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. “In My Blood” is currently Top 10 at Pop Radio and Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additional tracks on the album include the newly released “Nervous,” "Youth" featuring Khalid, "Fallin' All In You" (co-written by Ed Sheeran), “Particular Taste” (co-written by Ryan Tedder), and "Like To Be You” featuring Julia Michaels who co-wrote the song; the song also features a guitar solo from John Mayer, who produced the track.
Just this past weekend, Shawn paid tribute to the victims of gun violence during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance of “Youth,” featuring Khalid and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir. Watch the performance here. It was Shawn’s second performance of the night, following a soaring rendition of “In My Blood” earlier in the evening (watch here). Shawn also appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is set to perform on the Today Show Citi Concert Series on June 1st to be followed soon after by a full week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden June 4-7.
Earlier this month, Shawn announced his third global headlining arena tour. “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” is set to kick off on March 7th, 2019 in Europe and will run through the summer with 56 dates spanning across North America, the UK and Europe. Tickets for the North American and European legs of the tour are available now for purchase. For all tour dates and ticket info head to http://www.shawnmendesthetour.com.
Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.
Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary