“Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes Pops off the Charts!

“Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes Pops off the Charts!

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“Treat You Better”: a Shining Example of Social Media Pop Stars and Their Musical Talent!

“Treat You Better” is the latest song released by Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, a former Vine star and current pop sensation. His debut studio album Handwritten was released on April 14th, 2015 through Island Records and is best known for its leading single “Stitches”, which reached Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Shawn Mendes is the shining example of how social media can give those with musical talent the career they deserve.

Shawn Mendes was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised in Pickering, a suburb of the city. In 2013, he started posting cover videos on the popular social video app Vine and as a result gained millions of views and followers. He became well-known for his six-second renditions of many popular songs. By August 2014, he was the third most followed musician on Vine.

Artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered Shawn Mendes online in January 2014 and brought him to Island Records, where he eventually signed and released his first song “Life of the Party” in June 2014. Before getting signed, Mendes went on a nationwide tour with singer-songwriter Austin Mahone as an opening act and released his debut major label EP The Shawn Mendes EP in July. The EP debuted and peaked at number five on Billboard 200.

Ever since Shawn Mendes’ debut studio album Handwritten was released in April 2015, the idea of social media propelling talented musicians to stardom has become more significant in our culture. Justin Bieber’s discovery on YouTube in 2007 really kicked off the trend of budding musicians trying to get discovered through social media. It goes to show just how inescapable the world of social media has become—but in a good way! If it wasn’t for Vine, Shawn Mendes may never have been discovered. Artists must constantly find new ways to showcase their talent, and Mendes took advantage of Vine to do just that.

“Treat You Better” was released on June 3rd and is the first single from Mendes’ upcoming yet currently untitled second studio album, due in the fall through Island Records. The track is perfect for summer, featuring a swinging tropical beat and passionate love-laden lyrics. “Treat You Better” shot up to #1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart just hours after its release, and it’s been popping off the other charts ever since. Mendes posted an acoustic version of “Treat You Better” the day before it was officially released, and it’s just as heartfelt as the original! Check it out below!


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