Making his mark
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2019-09-11

Shawn Mendes is now the red-hot poster boy of pop.

The Canadian star first shot to fame in 2013, posting cover songs on the Vine video platform. Now, at the age of 21, his idols – Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, and Elton John – have become his friends or collaborators.
这位加拿大新星于2013年首度成名,当时在视频平台Vine上发布了一系列翻唱歌曲。如今21岁的他已经和自己的偶像 —— 艾德·希兰、泰勒·斯威夫特、约翰·梅尔以及艾尔顿·约翰等人 —— 成为了朋友或者合作伙伴。

On Aug 26, his new single Senorita became the most-streamed song on Spotify for summer 2019. The song is a collaboration with Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello, and has gained a global audience.

What makes Mendes such a success?

Along with his good looks, Mendes has musical talent and a fierce desire.

In his 2015 single, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Mendes made the piano his companion. Last year he demonstrated his guitar skills on Like to Be You.

Yet as Dispatch Magazine noted, “Mendes’ strongest instrument is his voice ... but it’s truly his songwriting that continues to capture the attention of the masses. And he’s only getting better.”

Like any working musician, Mendes is trying to build a long-term career. The singer admits he does pay attention to social media and what the press says about him. “It’s literally my biggest fear, to wake up tomorrow and nobody cares,” Mendes told Rolling Stone magazine.

Indeed, Mendes is highly motivated to stay on track. The star famously has three daily rules – go to the gym, take two vocal lessons, and never say no to a selfie with a fan. So far, he’s managed the first two.
蒙德兹的确相当积极地让自己保持良好的发展势头。这位明星每天有三条为人所熟知的规则 —— 健身、上两节声乐课、从不拒绝和粉丝的自拍。到目前为止,他已经实现了前两条。

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Collaborators  合作者
Companion  伙伴
Capture  俘获
Literally  确实地
Motivated  积极的
Selfie  自拍