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Shawn Mendes is a machine. The Canadian pop star can somehow turn any hard hitting hip hop track into a swooning love song worthy of a Nicholas Sparks movie. We’re not sure how he does it, but we love when he does.
With a proven track record for taking rap songs and turning them into beautiful ballads (think Drake’s “Fake Love” and “One Dance,”), Mendes works his magic again with Post Malone’s “Pyscho.” Mendes was at the BBC’s Live Lounge this week and performed the cover, adding a layer of softness to Malone’s new single with Ty Dolla $ign.
In addition to performing Post Malone’s “Pyscho,” Mendes also made one of his first live performance of his lead single “In My Blood” one month after releasing the song on March 22. “In My Blood” marks Mendes’ first single from his upcoming third studio album, delivering a more personal and vulnerable track than fans are used to hearing from the young singer. Stripping the song down to the basics, Mendes and his band give a stunning rendition of “In My Blood” while in the Live Lounge.
Mendes made the most of his recent trip to the U.K., also playing the BBC’s Sounds Like Friday Night, performing both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” But if we’re looking at the most English thing a member of the Commonwealth could do while in England, Mendes hit the jackpot over the weekend when he performed at Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday. We’re not sure how familiar the Queen is with Mendes’ discography, but let’s be real — if there’s a pop star that you and your grandma both love, it’s probably Shawn Mendes. He’s just so likable!
Mendes shared a picture from backstage at the Queen’s party, which also included performances from Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Craig David, Shaggy, and Sting, who Mendes had the chance to meet.