The Top 40 hit is “about feeling heartbroken and emotionally beaten up,” the rising pop star tells Billboard.
Shawn Mendes celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this month, and with a No. 1 debut album and Taylor Swift stadium tour already under his belt in 2015, the Canadian singer-songwriter just notched another big accomplishment. “Stitches,” the latest single from his Handwritten album, rises 42-35 on the Hot 100 chart, becoming his second Top 40 hit (“Life of the Party” peaked at No. 24 last year) and his first Pop Songs entry, where it scores a 17 percent plays gain and moves up to No. 26.
“It’s not easy to have a radio hit,” Mendes tells Billboard. “You can feel the difference between ‘Stitches’ and my other songs — when I’m opening for Taylor Swift shows, they’ll know the song when I play it. ‘Stitches’ is very me, and it has connected with my fans in the way I wanted it to. It’s a great feeling.”