24 hours after debuting his first new music since April 2017, Shawn Mendes has shared yet another glimpse into the direction of his forthcoming third album (Island Records) with second track “Lost In Japan.” The upbeat, R&B-infused track represents a stylistic departure for Shawn, who co-produced the song with Teddy Geiger and co-wrote it with both Teddy and Scott Harris. Listen to “Lost In Japan” here: https://IslandRecs.lnk.to/LostInJapan
Shawn released the album’s debut single “In My Blood” yesterday, and both new tracks have already experienced massive success, currently holding the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S. Both tracks are Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries and hold the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist, as well as the #1 and #10 spots on Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” playlist. “In My Blood” has soared to #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries and Top 5 in 73 countries. It debuted at #13 on the Global Spotify chart with over 2.7 million streams worldwide, and #15 on the U.S. Spotify chart.
Both tracks have received rave reviews, and “In My Blood” has topped both TIME Magazine’s “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week” and The New York Times “The Playlist,” with The New York Times proclaiming, “what’s set Shawn Mendes apart from other rising pop stars is his ability to pump up traditional singer-songwriter dynamics with steroids, making grand anthems out of interior thoughts and moods.” Of “In My Blood,” Rolling Stoneasserts, “Mendes charts a course from victim to victory on his latest single,” Idolatorpredicts “it seems likely he will have another chart-topper on his hands,” and TIME Magazine states, “sweeping from an intimate acoustic opening to a stadium-ready chorus, Mendes has hit a chord that will certainly speak to the crowds of his generation.” “Lost In Japan” has been called “refined and sexy” by Billboard, with Idolator dubbing it an “atmospheric smash” and continuing, “sonically, it feels like one of his biggest risks yet, but it manages to present a new, more mature version of the superstar.” Paste pronounces, “as Mendes continues to grow as an artist, he is building a stable career many of his contemporaries can only hope for.”