Pop Shop Podcast: Shawn Mendes On 'Growing Up' and 'Mature' New Album 'Illuminate'

James Minchin
Shawn Mendes

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous episode on Billboard.com).

On our new show, we welcome a very special guest: Shawn Mendes!

Shawn Mendes on Track for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Illuminate'

We caught up with the singer/songwriter backstage at his intimate Grammy Museum concert in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Sept. 27) to discuss his new album, Illuminate, and much more. Listen to the show here:

“It’s been amazing to see the reaction” that fans are having to the set, Mendes says. “I was just really nervous that maybe it was too mature in some spots. They seem to be really, really vibin’ with it, which is just the best feeling in the world.”

The 18 year old says he's grown “a serious amount” over the past couple of years. “[I’m] growing up, still being myself, yet I feel like I'm learning so much every single month … and that really shows through in the music on a serious level.”

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During our chat, we also talk about his upcoming Illuminate World Tour, how inspiration for a song can come from anywhere, and how “incredible” it was to have “Treat You Better” become so successful and popular with folks outside of his core fan base. (On the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart, dated Oct. 8, “Treat You Better” rises to a new peak: No. 6.)

Plus, we've also got oodles of chart chat, as usual! Drake is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Views, the all-star “Forever Country” single makes a smashing debut at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, The Weeknd’s new single with Daft Punk is already making waves on the charts, and music legend Dolly Parton is back in the top 20 of the Hot Country Songs chart thanks to an unlikely collaborator.

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