Here's Why You Should Listen To "Shawn Mendes: The Album"

Here's Why You Should Listen To "Shawn Mendes: The Album"

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Shawn Mendes. A beautiful human being who writes even more beautiful songs. His newest album came out on Friday, May 25, and let me tell you: Best. One. Yet.

Before he released the album, he had released five of the songs as singles, the first being "In My Blood." If that song isn't enough to make you want to listen to the whole album, you're a lost cause. Sorry.

In his first single from the album, he talks about how he "feels like giving up" but he "just can't" because (surprise) "it isn't in [his] blood." This song is probably the most relatable song on the album, "Queen" being a close second.

"Queen" is about how someone makes "beautiful look ugly," and honestly? That's all people do nowadays. You can be gorgeous, but as soon as you let ugly words escape you, you're ugly.

Another great song on this album is "Youth" featuring Khalid, which was the third single off of this album. (Come on people, it has KHALID.) This is, again, an extremely relatable song. You can't and you won't take Shawn's youth away, nor will you take mine.

If those three songs haven't convinced you yet, let me let you in on a little secret: this album isn't like his previous ones. Instead of being piano heavy, this album is a mixture of R&B and Rock. It's kind of like Shawn was recently inspired by Justin Timberlake. (He most definitely was.)

Now, guys, I know what you're thinking. Listening to Shawn will make me lose my cred with my boys. INcorrect. I have my boyfriend listening to all of Shawn's songs and he actually enjoys his songs. (I know, it's amazing, right?)

So seriously, go check out his album. It's incredible how much he's grown in the past few years, and even more incredible that he's only 19.

All of the songs can be found on YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes!

Cover Image Credit: Peyton Roux

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7

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On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"

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Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuMOFmlDm5/

Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood

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In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUrV5hl-5B/

From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRqXqqlshV/

All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTItkEDh9d/

Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumUfpXFKaL/

There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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