Fans are already loving Shawn Mendes’ new track “If I Can’t Have You,” but he revealed to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 that he originally considered giving the song to another artist—pop queen Dua Lipa.
“I was back in the studio with Teddy Geiger and Nate [Mercereau], and I was playing it on piano and I was like ‘Oh my God, this would be really cool for Dua Lipa,” Mendes said. It wouldn’t have been the first time he’s written for someone else, and Mendes went as far as even recording a message to send her with the song before deciding to keep it.
Talking to Lowe from Saturday Night Live rehearsals via FaceTime, Mendes said he’s testing out every style of music he can and in the last six months, has written 45 songs that are “all over the place and different vibes.” He said this new track, which he describes as “a confident pop record” is the one that continuously made himself and everyone he played it for smile.
The track dropped at midnight, giving fans their first taste of new music since the release of his self-titled third album last summer. Mendes started teasing the track earlier this week on Twitter and Instagram.
The upbeat pop anthem finds Mendes in his feelings, signing, “I can’t write one song that’s not about you / Can’t drink without thinking about you.” Mendes also told to Lowe he was inspired by The 1975’s last album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
Mendes will perform the track for the first time on SNL tomorrow night and told Lowe viewers might just see him act on the show as well.
“I think I’m in a skit. I have no idea what it is, but I just got a wig fitted,” he said.