Shawn Mendes Beats The Odds With 2nd Straight US No. 1 Album

Former Vine star Shawn Mendes has beaten the odds with Illuminate, his sophomore album, following the same trajectory as his April 2015 debut Handwritten going straight to No. 1 on the American Albums chart.

Along with the pre-order of Illuminate, "Ruin" was released as the album's first promotional single on July 8. The matching music video was released on July 18.

On July 28, "Three Empty Words" was released as the second promotional single from the album, followed by "Mercy" -- the album's third promotional single -- on August 18, with a corresponding music video released on September 22.

Illuminate, the album, was released on Sept. 23 through Island Records, earning 145,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 29, according to Nielsen Music. It also sold 121,000 CDs and album downloads, earning the 18-year-old Toronto singer his best sales week yet.

According to Billboard, only five artists have achieved their first two No. 1 albums at such a young age: Justin Bieber claimed his second hit, Never Say Never: The Remixes, at age 17 years. Miley Cyrus was just 14 when Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus debuted at No. 1 in 2007. Hilary Duff was 17 when Most Wanted launched at No. 1 in 2005. And, LeAnn Rimes was just 15 years old when You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs hit No. 1 in 1997.

In hitting No. 1 on first go with his new album, Mendes nudges fellow Canadian, Drake, into second place in the US.

Drake's April 29 Views album release continues to do brisk business with sales of 50,000 copies in the past week when one factors in 55 million album-equivalent streams. Views has dominated the charts this year on the strength of its streaming figures. Late last month, Apple Music presented Drizzy with a commemorative plaque certifying his album had achieved one-billion streams on the music service.

Mendes performs two shows at 1600-seat Sydney’s Enmore Theater in Australia on November 1.  His global tour opens April 27 in Glasgow and includes multiple shows in the UK, Germany, Holland, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. He hits North America in July 2017 with his first concert on this side of the border in Vancouver at Rogers Arena, on July 9.

 

 

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