Shawn Mendes has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart with his long-awaited debut album, Handwritten, making him the youngest artist to land a number one record since fellow Canadian Justin Bieber.
The 16-year-old singer, 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 in 2013, earning him 10,000 fans overnight.
Canadain teen Shawn Mendes has shot to the top of the Billboard charts. Photo © Getty
Fast-forward to two years later, and the teenage heartthrob continues to follow in 21-year-old Justin's footsteps, having parlayed his Internet fame into a full-length, debut record ( released April 16), which shot straight to number one.
(Justin's album album My World 2.0, topped the charts in May 2010 when he, too, was just 16 years old.)
Handwritten's first single, “Life of the Party,” was recorded in Toronto and released as an EP single last year along with a lyrics video. In March, Shawn released his first official music video for the soulful ballad, which was extremely well received by his legions of female fans.
With more than 3 million Twitter followers and a jaw-dropping 3.9 million Vine fans, the social media-savvy singer has become a music force to be reckoned with – though Shawn is the first admit that his newfound fame will take some getting used to.
"This is all happening so fast," the young star 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."