Teenage girls around the world, prepare to swoon. Canadian singer Shawn Mendes has released his official music video for “Life of the Party,” but don’t be fooled by the single’s upbeat dance title – it’s actually a slow pop ballad, which is reflected in the soulful clip.
Shot in one continuous take à la Kiesza’s “Hideaway,” the video shows the teen heartthrob on a lonely walk through a house party as he sings the tune’s romantic lyrics.
Off his debut album, Handwritten (out April 28), “Life of the Party” was recorded in Toronto and released as an EP single last year along with a lyrics video.
The song was an instant hit, making 16-year-old Shawn (then 15) the youngest artist to ever earn a top 25 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The track may once again climb the charts now that it’s been repackaged and released for a second time.
With more than 2.77 million Twitter followers – and a jaw-dropping 3.8 million Vine fans – the social media-savvy singer is a star on the rise. He’s slated to take the Junos stage for the first time on Sunday, March 15, along with veteran Canadian musicians like like Alanis Morisette, deadmau5 and Sam Roberts Band.
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Shawn, who hails from Pickering, Ontario, became a sensation after he posted a six-second clip of himself singing Justin’s “As Long As You Love Me,” on Vine on April 20, 2014, which earned him 10,000 fans overnight.
"This is all happening so fast," the young singer told Fuse last summer. "A few months ago I wasn’t this popular and people didn’t know about my music, and now all of the sudden there are screaming girls down the block. They’re singing my songs live. It’s unbelievable."