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  1. SHAWN MENDES x CALVIN KLEIN BILLBOARDS WORLDWIDE Last week, Shawn Mendes and Calvin Klein announced a new partnership. Called #NOFEAR, this campaign aims to promote the idea of being comfortable in your own skin. Shawn came up with the idea for the campaign after hearing his fans share with him the same body issues that he'd been experiencing since his early teens. Shawn contacted the clothing giant to share with them his idea of creating a campaign that would feature models of all different body types and colors, one that would place an emphasis on not fearing the bodies that we all live in. The first phase of the campaign was revealed on Monday. Billboards were seen all over the US, UK, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Shawn offered some insight onto the photo displayed of him. "I have struggled with loving myself and my body since I was a teenager. This campaign is aimed at people like me, people who haven't been proud of what they see in the mirror. I chose to strip down to my underwear in the shoot and display my body with all of the things that have bothered me about my appearance. My legs, my chest, and my arms have always been places that have been an issue for me to accept. I've learned over time to accept natural beauty and embrace the idea that there's no such thing as ugly. I, as well as many more models that you'll see on the campaign visuals, have taken the big step of sharing our bodies with the world to show that we're proud of the skin that we live in. I hope that message travels." Along with the posters was a QR code that, when photographed on either Shawn's mobile website or Calvin Klein's mobile website, will take you to a link to stream or purchase Shawn's new single "Still Breathing" as well as more information about the #NOFEAR campaign.
  2. SHAWN MENDES ON WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVEUNITED STATES | PAID PROMOTION | FEBRUARY 24 | ARTICLE #2 Shawn Mendes has officially returned. Aside from an all too brief cycle of promoting a charity single at the end of last year, it has been over a year since Shawn has had solo music out in the world. But that doesn't mean 2019 wasn't a big year. No, it was a rather busy one. He toured stadiums around the world with his critically acclaimed blockbuster Forever Young World Tour, released an acclaimed collaboration project with Diana Gordon, contributed writing to a few albums, appeared as a featured artist on a few more, and composed the score for a Hollywood film. Despite this, his rabid fanbase desperately waited for Shawn to come back to a proper era and that made his almost five month break from active work all the harder to wait for. But their patience has been rewarded with the new single Still Breathing which has officially kick started his third era. Though at the moment nothing is known about his third album, it seems to be coming sooner rather than later. To promote the single and hype the as yet unannounced release, Shawn has ignited his first large scale promotional tour in over a year. ON HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY RESPONDED TO STILL BREATHING "Still Breathing is the only song from the album that anyone who wasn't involved in the production of it has heard. I played it for a handful of people when I decided beyond a shadow of a doubt that it'd be the lead single. I invited my mother, my father, my sister, Cam, his parents, his sister and her husband, and all of my label mates to the studio in Miami where I made the album and I played them the song. It was a pretty emotional experience. My folks knew the extent of my depression in 2018 and knew how close they came to losing me, but everyone else there really wasn't all that aware how bad it got. It took them by surprise. We had a really long conversation about that time afterward and it ended with some of the best responses to a song that I've ever gotten. Seeing how emotional the song made them, it confirmed in my mind that I'd made the right choice for a lead single. When the song officially came out and more people close to me heard it, I got text messages and phone calls of them talking about the song and talking about what I chose o discuss in it. It's been a really positive experience and something I'm really grateful for." PLEAD THE FIFTH ANDY: "Shawn Mendes the time has come for you to Plead the Fifth!" SHAWN: "Oh no." Laughs ANDY: "I am going to ask you three questions and you may plead the fifth to only one. Are you ready?" SHAWN: "As I'll ever be!" ANDY: "Late last year, your label mate TRNT got in a heated back and forth with the artist Aaliyah concerning comments she made about the release of her and Normani's collab album the same day you and Diana release your collab EP. However, you didn't say too much about it. Is there any bad blood between you, Aaliyah, and Normani?" SHAWN: "No, of course not. Look, that whole situation was really blown up to be something much bigger than it ever should've been. There's no animosity between any of us over something so trivial. Not even between her and TRNT, the two of them have spoken to each other since then and put all that to rest and as far as I'm aware they're pretty good. But there was nothing there to repair between myself, her, and Normani because there was never any sort of drama to begin with." ANDY: "I'm glad to hear it's all sorted out then. Okay question two. You had four opening acts on your blockbuster Forever Young World Tour. They were Karrueche, Ivy, TRNT, and Amanda Wolf. Rank their opening sets from worst to best." The crowd laughs. SHAWN: "Nope! I plead the fifth." ANDY: "You sure?" SHAWN: Nervously "Yes." ANDY: "Okay, it's your choice! Final question. On your boyfriend Cameron Dallas' album Suburban Boy, there's a song called Powerslide where he talks about getting intimate in a swimming pool. Is that song based on an experience that the two of you have had in your relationship?" Everyone laughs. SHAWN: "I don't recall us ever doing anything in a pool, no. But he's had some relationships before me so it could be about one of them. I've not really asked honestly. I know what you're talking about but when I hear the song the whole question of when that happened kinda flies up over my head and I don't really notice it. It sounds like a lot of fun though, it'd be interesting." ANDY: "Shawn's new single Still Breathing is available now worldwide!"
  3. SHAWN MENDES ON RACHEL RAYUNITED STATES | PAID PROMOTION | FEBRUARY 24 | ARTICLE #1 Shawn Mendes has officially returned. Aside from an all too brief cycle of promoting a charity single at the end of last year, it has been over a year since Shawn has had solo music out in the world. But that doesn't mean 2019 wasn't a big year. No, it was a rather busy one. He toured stadiums around the world with his critically acclaimed blockbuster Forever Young World Tour, released an acclaimed collaboration project with Diana Gordon, contributed writing to a few albums, appeared as a featured artist on a few more, and composed the score for a Hollywood film. Despite this, his rabid fanbase desperately waited for Shawn to come back to a proper era and that made his almost five month break from active work all the harder to wait for. But their patience has been rewarded with the new single Still Breathing which has officially kick started his third era. Though at the moment nothing is known about his third album, it seems to be coming sooner rather than later. To promote the single and hype the as yet unannounced release, Shawn has ignited his first large scale promotional tour in over a year. ON HIS AMA PERFORMANCE OF STILL BREATHING "I've performed the song a few times now but never on a stage that big. The space allowed me a lot of room to stretch out and do something cool, but I didn't want to do something that was a huge production. I wanted to do something that was poignant and that offered moments of breathlessness along with moments of thought. The idea of having my guardian angel save my life has been floating around in my head for about a year now. I initially planned for it to be something seen on tour but it was never worked out. The staircase was thought up specifically for this performance. Still Breathing seemed to be the perfect song for those elements though because it fits the song's themes so well. In the early stages, we were going to get somebody who looked more like me so it'd be myself saving myself, but we quickly ditched that as too complicated. I'm not really all that religious so the angel isn't really a religious symbol, it's more just a symbol of the people who helped me through my rough patch and didn't let me jump so to speak. I think my favorite aspect of the performance was the orchestra though. It was the same orchestra that I got to make the album with so we have a lot of chemistry as musicians already. This was the first time that we'd performed in front of an audience together though so that was fun!" ON WHEN WE'LL GET NEWS ABOUT THE ALBUM "Soon! Like this week soon! Initially, I was going to announce the album along with the single but at the last minute, I decided to wait. The thing is, I didn't want everything to feel rushed. I didn't want to pile the single and the album on top of each other. Still Breathing deserved time to be on it's own and have it's moment in the spotlight before the album comes and takes that spotlight. In the past, I was really gung ho to get the album put out there into the world. Revelation came almost directly after Boys and Boys which was a ridiculously short amount of time. Evolution didn't come as soon as it was announced but it's whole announcement and roll out was a little bit of a mess if we're being honest. I really wanted to do it right this time around and I think that I have. I've been working on this rollout with my team for a while now and I think we've got it pretty well nailed down." RACHEL: "Shawn's new single Still Breathing is available now!"
  4. TRNT FILES RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HIS FATHER By Justin Wilson | February 23, 2020 TRNT is one of the most popular artists in the world today. With a line of critically acclaimed projects, billions of streams, and impressive collection of first year Grammys, his name has been on the forefront of popular culture for the last year. However, there's not much known about the 18 year old's private life. He's given sparing details about his life out of the spotlight such as battles with alcoholism in his early teens and the fact that his grandfather was the closest male figure he had in his life. He's made passing mention of a strained relationship with his father, but he hasn't ever elaborated on the severity of the situation. However, news has come to light that suggests the situation between the two of them has grown to a point of explosion. Late Friday, February 21, TRNT along with his mother and younger sister was spotted leaving a courthouse in Los Angeles, the city he was born and raised in. He seemed lost in thought and took no notice of the people stopping to photograph him as he walked to his car that was parked across the street. We reached out to TRNT's camp for comment but they initially declined. However, earlier today, we got an email from TRNT's public relations manager who offered some detail on why TRNT was at the courthouse and why he put his extensive album promotional tour on hold. Note that it was indicated to us that this is not all the information on the subject but enough to answer some of our questions. This statement is from Sidney Scarlett. "TRNT is devoted to his career. He takes his job very seriously and not much stands in the way of his goals. However, he's even more devoted to his family. When TRNT was eleven, his parents divorced and his father remarried. The divorce was far from a clean one. It was a long, difficult process that was stained by extended arguments and court battles. TRNT's relationship with his father remained rocky through the whole process and unfortunately never improved. Since becoming a big name in the music industry, his father has repeatedly attempted to capitalize on TRNT's fame for his own personal benefit. He's repeatedly contacted TRNT for money and expensive gifts and has gone as far as to drive to TRNT's Los Angeles home on three separate occasions to try and make contact with TRNT, despite TRNT's insistence that he and his family wanted nothing more to do with his father. His father persisted and TRNT along with his family were forced to file a restraining order against him. TRNT has been dealing with this situation for the last month. He stepped down from his promotional tour to be with his family in this trying time. He intends to return to work very soon." We will keep you updated on this developing story.
  5. SHAWN MENDES ON CAREER BREAKDOWNUNITED STATES | PAID PROMOTION | FEBRUARY 22 | ARTICLE #5 Shawn Mendes has officially returned. Aside from an all too brief cycle of promoting a charity single at the end of last year, it has been over a year since Shawn has had solo music out in the world. But that doesn't mean 2019 wasn't a big year. No, it was a rather busy one. He toured stadiums around the world with his critically acclaimed blockbuster Forever Young World Tour, released an acclaimed collaboration project with Diana Gordon, contributed writing to a few albums, appeared as a featured artist on a few more, and composed the score for a Hollywood film. Despite this, his rabid fanbase desperately waited for Shawn to come back to a proper era and that made his almost five month break from active work all the harder to wait for. But their patience has been rewarded with the new single Still Breathing which has officially kick started his third era. Though at the moment nothing is known about his third album, it seems to be coming sooner rather than later. To promote the single and hype the as yet unannounced release, Shawn has ignited his first large scale promotional tour in over a year. SHAWN: "Hey guys, this is Shawn Mendes and this is my career breakdown!" Boys and Boys single cover appears on the screen "Oh my god that cover is absolutely tragic. It's a good thing the song was good! Yeah, that's my first single Boys and Boys. At the time, I wasn't out as bisexual but I wanted to show support for the LGBT community. I framed it as a song about a straight person talking to their best friend who's just come out to them. While I might've been the friend that came out instead of the straight friend, I don't regret doing it that way because it's always amazing to hear support and have support from a heterosexual person. I'm really happy that it's the song I opened with because it got everything going on a such a positive note. It was really fucking controversial though which got me in hot water." Snippet from the Wish It Was Over video appears on screen "Oh wow this got me in trouble too." Laughs "Yeah so this was a big political statement. Basically the video is set during a street riot, the implication being one of the riots taking place in Detroit at the time following a police brutality case, and I'm trying to get this little boy that had been separated from his parents out of the violence and to safety. I actually got called out on social media by a US senator who claimed I was trying to persuade kids to take up a liberal ideology. He demanded an apology out of me and I refused. He threatened to have me deported, but I still happily live in Los Angeles." The album cover of Revelation appears on the screen "Ah yes, my debut album. The success of it honestly took me by surprise in a big, big way. I wasn't expecting it to be universally acclaimed, I wasn't expecting it to debut at #1, I wasn't really expecting much from it at all. I just went into the studio to make an album that felt authentic and down to earth and I think I did that. That's what people ended up latching onto about it, really. The songs are still some of my favorite of my entire career and I'm so thankful that I was given the chance to do things my own way and make the album that I wanted to make rather than a product." Footage from his Super Bowl Halftime show appears on screen "I honestly can't believe that I got to do this with one album and one EP out. This was one of the coolest experiences of my life honestly, and one of the first times i really learned what my energy limits are. I actually passed out in rehearsals one day because I was so exhausted. But the show itself was worth it. It wasn't the most bombastic or the biggest half time show ever, but it was very me and I loved that. It was a special night." Footage from the Ocean Wave Avenue Tour appears on screen "This feels like forever ago now. This tour was my first tour, the Ocean Wave Avenue Tour. I did a small six date theatre tour before it but I don't really count that honestly. This was my first tour. I was really lucky to get to do it in arenas. The show is something I'm incredibly proud of because it succeeded when everyone thought it was going to fail. It was nice to step on stage and feel like I was proving myself." The album cover for Evolution appears on screen "Evolution was bigger for me than people realize. I kinda flew by the seat of my pants for the first era in terms of organization, but things were far more planned and structured this time around. The album wasn't as warmly received as the first one but I love it anyway. It has some of what I consider my best work on it such as I See the Sun and Barely Breathing. And it birthed an amazing tour which is so far my best performances from a conceptual and musical level." The single cover for Still Breathing appears on screen "Ah yes, the new single. Still Breathing is my best lead without a doubt and one of the best songs of my career. The song just stands for something so important in my life: my recovery. I've been recovering from my bottom out in terms of depression and sadness. I came close to just giving up, but I persisted and kept working to find my happy and I'm there now for the most part. It's a powerful song that means a lot to me for a lot of reasons."
  6. SHAWN MENDES ON THE DAILY SHOWUNITED STATES | PAID PROMOTION | FEBRUARY 21 | ARTICLE #4 Shawn Mendes has officially returned. Aside from an all too brief cycle of promoting a charity single at the end of last year, it has been over a year since Shawn has had solo music out in the world. But that doesn't mean 2019 wasn't a big year. No, it was a rather busy one. He toured stadiums around the world with his critically acclaimed blockbuster Forever Young World Tour, released an acclaimed collaboration project with Diana Gordon, contributed writing to a few albums, appeared as a featured artist on a few more, and composed the score for a Hollywood film. Despite this, his rabid fanbase desperately waited for Shawn to come back to a proper era and that made his almost five month break from active work all the harder to wait for. But their patience has been rewarded with the new single Still Breathing which has officially kick started his third era. Though at the moment nothing is known about his third album, it seems to be coming sooner rather than later. To promote the single and hype the as yet unannounced release, Shawn has ignited his first large scale promotional tour in over a year. TREVOR: "Here to perform a special acoustic version of his new single Still Breathing, please welcome Shawn Mendes!" Being an acoustic rendition of the song, there's no bells or whistles to the performance and it's focus is on Shawn's pure musicality and musicianship. However there are some visual accompaniments. On the screen behind Shawn are numbers of suicide hotlines to over fifty countries which plays behind him through the whole song. Shawn's vocals are some of his most chillingly stellar during this performance. Without the bombast of the full production, Shawn keeps his voice calm and steady, mostly using his upper register to give some breathy calmness to everything. His playing once more shows how much of a master he is of his instrument. He never once stops to look down at his hands, being supremely confident that his hands nowhere to go and indeed they do. Shawn is completely wrapped up in the song, feeling every note he plays and every word that he sings. There's real and palpable emotion to the performance that echoes through the room. The camera occasionally cuts to the audience where we can see people just as entranced by the song as Shawn himself is. He effortlessly has the room in the palm of his hand and he doesn't let them go through the duration of the performance. During the instrumental bridge, following the sung bridge, Shawn steps away from the mic and just plays, eyes closed and absorbed in the sound and the moment. He heads back to the mic to close the song out on a powerful note. At the conclusion of the song, Shawn lets his guitar slide down to his side and he flashes that famous smile as he bows and blows a kiss to the audience. TREVOR: "Shawn's new single Still Breathing is available now worldwide!"
  7. SHAWN MENDES ON THE VIEWUNITED STATES | PAID PROMOTION | FEBRUARY 21 | ARTICLE #3 Shawn Mendes has officially returned. Aside from an all too brief cycle of promoting a charity single at the end of last year, it has been over a year since Shawn has had solo music out in the world. But that doesn't mean 2019 wasn't a big year. No, it was a rather busy one. He toured stadiums around the world with his critically acclaimed blockbuster Forever Young World Tour, released an acclaimed collaboration project with Diana Gordon, contributed writing to a few albums, appeared as a featured artist on a few more, and composed the score for a Hollywood film. Despite this, his rabid fanbase desperately waited for Shawn to come back to a proper era and that made his almost five month break from active work all the harder to wait for. But their patience has been rewarded with the new single Still Breathing which has officially kick started his third era. Though at the moment nothing is known about his third album, it seems to be coming sooner rather than later. To promote the single and hype the as yet unannounced release, Shawn has ignited his first large scale promotional tour in over a year. ON HOW STILL BREATHING COMPARES TO HIS OTHER LEADS "Umm...well to tell you the truth I've not thought much about comparisons. I will say though that all of my leads prior to this one haven't always done the best job representing the album they come from. It's always been a vice of mine. Like Boys and Boys for example had a pretty singular sound that wasn't what the rest of the album sounded like. Barely Breathing set a tone that wasn't carried through the whole record. Still Breathing however is perfectly representative of this album. It is in sound, tone, vibe...the works. I approached picking a lead in a very different way this time around. It used to be whatever songs came early on in the writing process ended up the lead, but this time I waited until the album was nearly done to pick a lead. I wanted to pick a song that beyond a shadow of a doubt represented this album and made it clear from the very beginning what this was going to be about. The album is all about looking forward and embracing the future and that's the whole basis for Still Breathing." ON PERFORMING AT THE AMAS "I'm really looking forward to it. Honestly, I love doing award show performances. A lot of artists hate them but I really like the challenge. You've got once chance to do something big and sometimes pretty complex. There's a lot of room for error and a lot of room to mess up but it brings the best out of you. It forces you to do your best. The concept of this performance isn't really a new one, it's an idea that I've had for quite a while now but just never had a chance to do it. It's not as complex as some of my previous performances have been, but this song doesn't really need something big and bombastic. That being said, it's going to be one of my most powerful performances from a thematic and especially a musical level. I'll be performing with a full string orchestra for the first time in my career so that'll be a lot of fun!" WHOOPI: "Shawn's new single Still Breathing is available now worldwide!"
  8. For 52 years, Calvin Klein has been partnering with iconic celebrities for iconic campaigns. This year, we are launching one of our most important and socially conscious campaigns with one of the most important and socially conscious artists of his generation: Shawn Mendes. For three years, Shawn has been on the forefront of the movement to bring awareness to a variety of social issues. One of his most passionate topics of his discussion is self love. Shawn has spoken to his legion of fans about his own battles with self image and self love and has offered a variety of sources for his fans to help them on their self love journeys. One of the most prominent issues among the public today is issues with body image. For years, the "skinny mentality" has reined supreme with media focusing on what's considered the ideal body. This has led to an alarming increase in cases of body dysmorphia and eating disorders. We at Calvin Klein have made a concentrated effort to display bodies of all types in our campaigns, something that has caught the attention of Shawn. He sent a personal message to us and outlined a plan for a potential campaign called #NOFEAR. Shawn said "I've struggled with body issues my whole life. And since becoming a public figure, that has only increased. I've also had the chance to speak with my fans one on one for a year and have discovered that they feel and are going through the same thing. Calvin Klein is one of the most prominent brands in the world and I believe that we could spread an amazing message with a special campaign called #NOFEAR. The campaign's message would be to encourage people to find the good in their bodies instead of focusing on the bad, to have no fear of the skin that they're living in." We couldn't agree more with the idea. The campaign will launch officially on Monday, February 24th with a photo campaign featuring an exclusive photoshoot from Shaw. Throughout the campaign, we will celebrate all kids of body types using dozens of models from around the globe in an effort to promote loving yourself and the skin that we all are in. Stay tuned to see what we and Shawn have planned!
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