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Illuminate is the second studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes. It was released on September 23, 2016, through Island Records and Universal Music Group.[1]

SinglesEdit

Treat You Better was released as the lead single from the album on June 3, 2016.[2] The music video was released on July 12, 2016, and features a storyline about an abusive relationship.[3] Since its release, Treat You Better has peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

"Mercy" was serviced to US top 40 radio stations as the second single from the album on October 18, 2016

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" was released as the album's third single on April 20, and was added to the album.

Promotional singlesEdit

Along with the pre-order of Illuminate, "Ruin" was released as the album's first promotional single on July 8, 2016.[5] Its music video was released on July 18, 2016.[6]

On July 28, 2016, "Three Empty Words" was released as the second promotional single from the album.[7]

"Mercy" was released as the album's third promotional single on August 18, 2016.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Writing for Rolling Stone, Joe Levy noted "Illuminate mixes professions of romantic agony like "Mercy" (where a quietly hummed hook explodes into crashing drums), with nice-boy valentines like "Treat You Better" and bedroom come ons like "Lights On.""For Jon Reyes of Idolator, "[Shawn's] most noticeable change, aside from the tight music hall sonics, is the subtle infusion of sex into the lyrics. He’s graduated from songs like "Kid In Love" to fare like "Lights On" and "Patience." Both ballads paint clear pictures of behind-closed-doors moments, and the sexual nature of the lyrics doesn’t qualify as innuendo by any means."

Commercial performanceEdit

lluminate debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 145,000 equivalent album units, of which 121,000 copies were pure album sales. It is Mendes' second number-one album in the US and his best sales week. Mendes achieved his second No. 1 at 18 years, two months and seven days old. Only some artists scored their No. 1 album at such a young age: Mendes himself, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, LeAnn Rimes, and others.

In his native Canada, the album debuted at number one with 21,000 total consumption units, of which 17,000 were album units sold, surpassing the highest one week sales total reached with his last album, Handwritten.

Track listingEdit

Standard Edition
# Title Writer Producer Length
1. "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Shawn Mendes · Teddy Geiger · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Teddy Geiger · Andrew Maury 4:01
2. "Ruin" Shawn Mendes · Ido Zmishlany · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 4:01
3. "Mercy" Shawn Mendes · Teddy Geiger · Danny Parker · Ilsey Juber Jake Gosling · Teddy Geiger 3:28
4. "Treat You Better" Shawn Mendes · Teddy Geiger · Scott Harris Teddy Geiger · Dan Romer · DJ "Daylight" Kyriakides 3:07
5. "Three Empty Words" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 3:19
6. "Don't Be a Fool" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 3:35
7. "Like This" Shawn Mendes · Laleh Pourkarim · Gustaf Thörn Laleh Pourkarim 3:06
8. "No Promises" Shawn Mendes · Teddy Geiger · Scott Harris Teddy Geiger 2:46
9. "Lights On" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 3:21
10. "Honest" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling · Scott Harris 3:19
11. "Patience" Shawn Mendes · Teddy Geiger · Scott Harris Jake Gosling 2:55
12. "Bad Reputation" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 3:18
13. "Understand" Shawn Mendes · Scott Harris · Geoff Warburton Jake Gosling 5:00

PersonnelEdit

  • Paul Antonell – string engineering
  • David Baron – string arrangements
  • Anouck Boungnang – backing vocals
  • Rachel Brown – backing vocals
  • Ziggy Chareton – A&R, handclapping, backing vocals
  • Adam Coltman – backing vocals
  • Jackson Dimiglio - wood clapping, engineer, mixing, programming, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • DJ Kyriakides – guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Dwyer – assistant engineer, backing vocals
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Teddy Geiger – bass, composer, drums, engineer, guitar, electric guitar, handclapping, keyboards, percussion, piano, producer, programming, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • André Gertler – handclapping, backing vocals
  • Matthew Gooderham – backing vocals
  • Jake Gosling – clapping, fender rhodes, handclapping, mixing, organ, percussion, piano, producer, programming, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Peter Gosling – piano
  • Scott Harris – cpmposer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, handclapping, keyboards, percussion, Piano, vocal engineer, backing vocals
  • Ilsey Juber – composer
  • Ling Kwan – cello
  • Chris Leonard – bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, handclapping, vocals, backing vocals
  • Dana Lyn – viola, violin
  • Olivier Manchon – viola, violin
  • Tony Maserati – mixing
  • David Massey A&R
  • Shawn Mendes – bass, composer, acoustic guitar, percussion, primary artist, programming, soloist, tambourine, vocals
  • James Minchin III – photography
  • Rob Murphy – violin
  • Danny Parker – composer
  • Ashley Pawlak – design
  • Laleh Pourkarim – composer, engineer, guitar, producer, vocal producer, backing vocals
  • Andy Proctor – package production
  • Cody Robertson – mixing assistant
  • Dan Romer – bass, drums, engineer, guitar, keyboards, percussion, producer, programming, backing vocals
  • Gabrielle Rosen – A&R
  • Tyler Scott – mixing assistant
  • George Seara – mixing
  • Joe Spix – art direction
  • Zubin Thakkar – composer
  • Gustaf Thörn – assistant engineer, bass, composer, guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Geoffrey Warburton – composer, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, handclapping, percussion, backing vocals
  • Ido Zmishlany – composer

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7430909/shawn-mendes-new-album-illuminate
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/treat-you-better-single/id1118044530
  3. http://www.mtv.com/news/2903934/shawn-mendes-treat-you-better-video/
  4. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7488038/chainsmokers-hot-100-halsey-closer-number-one-shawn-mendes
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Ruin/dp/B01I0ZFAYM/
  6. http://radio.com/2016/07/18/shawn-mendes-ruin-music-video/
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Three-Empty-Words/dp/B01I0ZFAPG/
  8. http://www.idolator.com/7643440/shawn-mendes-begs-for-mercy-on-powerful-new-song-listen
Illuminate
September 23 2016 • 41:15 • Island Records / Universal Music Group
Songs
Bad ReputationDon't Be a FoolHold OnHonestLights OnLike ThisMercyNo PromisesPatienceRosesRuinThere's Nothing Holdin' Me BackThree Empty WordsTreat You BetterUnderstand
Artists
Shawn Mendes
Tours
Illuminate World Tour

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