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Illuminate (Shawn Mendes album)

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Illuminate
Illuminate (Official Album Cover) by Shawn Mendes.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
RecordedFebruary - August 2016
StudioNoble Street Studios (Toronto, Ontario)
Genre
Length44:34
Label
Producer
Shawn Mendes chronology
Handwritten
(2015)
Illuminate
(2016)
Live at Madison Square Garden
(2016)
Singles from Illuminate
  1. "Treat You Better"
    Released: June 3, 2016
  2. "Mercy"
    Released: October 18, 2016
  3. "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
    Released: April 20, 2017

Illuminate is the second studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes. It was released on September 23, 2016, through Island Records and Universal Music Group.[2] Musically, the album contains music genres pop, rock and blues.[1] The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart. It was preceded by the lead single "Treat You Better", which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. This album was supported by the Illuminate World Tour, which began in March 2017.[3]

Singles

"Treat You Better" was released as the lead single from the album on June 3, 2016.[4] The music video was released on July 12, 2016. It features a storyline where Mendes would like to help the girl in an abusive relationship, and he can treat her better. The song currently has almost two billion views on YouTube.[5] Since its release, "Treat You Better" has peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6]

"Mercy" was serviced to US top 40 radio stations as the second single from the album on October 18, 2016. [7]

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" was released as the album's third single on April 20, 2017.[8] The song debuted at number 7 in the United Kingdom, becoming his highest debut in the country. It also debuted in the top ten in Australia and Denmark. The iTunes version of both the standard and deluxe versions of Illuminate were reissued with "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" as track one upon the single's release.[9]

Promotional singles

Along with the pre-order of Illuminate, "Ruin" was released as the album's first promotional single on July 8, 2016.[10] Its music video was released on July 18, 2016.[11]

On July 28, 2016, "Three Empty Words" was released as the second promotional single from the album.[12]

"Mercy" was released as the album's third and final promotional single on August 18, 2016. Its music video was released on September 21, 2016, receiving over 200 million views.[13] It features Mendes in a car which is filling up with water and it also features Mendes trashing a room with guitars, a drum-set and a piano.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[15]
Idolator3.5/5 stars[16]
Renowned for Sound4/5 stars[17]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. Writing for Rolling Stone, Joe Levy noted "Illuminate mixes professions of romantic agony like "Mercy" (where a quietly hummed hook explodes into crashing drums), with nice-boy valentines like "Treat You Better" and bedroom come-ons like "Lights On.""[15] For Jon Reyes of Idolator, "[Shawn's] most noticeable change, aside from the tight music hall sonics, is the subtle infusion of sex into the lyrics. He's graduated from songs like "Kid In Love" to fare like "Lights On" and "Patience." Both ballads paint clear pictures of behind-closed-doors moments, and the sexual nature of the lyrics doesn't qualify as innuendo by any means."[16] Associated Press listed it at number 5 on their best albums of 2016.[18] Billboard listed the track "Don't Be a Fool" at number 90 for the best deep cuts from 21st century pop stars.[19]

Accolades

Award ceremony Category Result
Juno Awards of 2017 Album of the Year[20] Nominated
Pop Album of the Year[21] Nominated
ARIA Music Awards of 2017 Best International Artist[22] Nominated

Commercial performance

Illuminate debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 145,000 equivalent album units, of which 121,000 copies were pure album sales. It became Mendes' second number-one album in the US and his best sales week. Mendes achieved his second No. 1 at 18 years, two months and seven days old, becoming the fifth artist to score their first two No. 1 albums at such a young age, following Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and LeAnn Rimes. In addition, Mendes is the first artist to have their first two full-length studio albums hit No. 1 since 5 Seconds of Summer bowed at No. 1 with Sounds Good Feels Good (2015) and their self-titled debut album (2014), and the first male artist to claim the distinction since 2015, when ASAP Rocky bowed atop the list with At. Long. Last. ASAP, following 2013’s Long. Live. ASAP.[23]

In his native Canada, the album debuted at number one with 21,000 total consumption units, of which 17,000 were album units sold, surpassing the highest one week sales total reached with his last album, Handwritten. Illuminate also picked up 3.8 million audio on-demand streams, the second highest total of the week, trailing only Drake's Views.[24]

Track listing

Illuminate – Standard version[25]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"3:19
2."Ruin"
Jake Gosling4:01
3."Mercy"
  • Gosling
  • Geiger
3:28
4."Treat You Better"
  • Mendes
  • Geiger
  • Harris
3:07
5."Three Empty Words"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Zmishlany
  • Warburton
Gosling3:19
6."Don't Be a Fool"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Warburton
Gosling3:35
7."Like This"
Pourkarim3:06
8."No Promises"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Geiger
Geiger2:46
9."Lights On"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Warburton
Gosling3:21
10."Honest"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Warburton
  • Gosling
  • Harris
3:19
11."Patience"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Geiger
Gosling2:55
12."Bad Reputation"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Warburton
Gosling3:18
13."Understand"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Geiger
  • Warburton
Gosling5:00
Total length:44:34
Illuminate – Deluxe version (bonus tracks)[26]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Hold On"
  • Mendes
  • Harris
  • Warburton
Gosling3:19
15."Roses"Gosling3:52
16."Mercy" (acoustic)
  • Mendes
  • Geiger
  • Parker
  • Juber
  • Gosling
  • Geiger
3:39
Total length:55:24
Illuminate – Japanese version (bonus tracks)[27]
No.TitleLength
16."Stitches"3:27
17."Treat You Better" (live at Madison Square Garden)4:17
18."Ruin" (live at Madison Square Garden)7:53
Total length:60:11
Illuminate – Japanese special edition (bonus tracks)[28]
No.TitleLength
17."Stitches"3:27
18."There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (acoustic)3:21
19."There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (NOTD remix)3:14
20."Treat You Better" (Ashworth remix)3:53
Total length:69:19

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[84] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria)[85] Platinum 15,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[86] Platinum 40,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[87] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[88] 4× Platinum 80,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[89] Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[90] Gold 100,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[91] Platinum 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[92] 2× Platinum+Gold 150,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[93] Platinum 40,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[94] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[95] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[96] 2× Platinum 60,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[97] Gold 100,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[98] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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