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Shawn Mendes surprised fans on Tuesday by releasing the video for his lead single “In My Blood.” The first track the Canadian singer dropped from his upcoming third studio album, “In My Blood” shows a new side to the young artist, who wrote the song about his recent struggles with anxiety and depression.
Keeping the video as personal as the song, “In My Blood” is shot in one take with Mendes as the solo performer. Dressed simply in black pants, a green sweater, and barefoot, Mendes spends the video lying on the ground as the elements around him reflect the lyrics in the song. Starting off in a mentally and emotionally dark space, rocks and bricks fly at Mendes in the CGI-heavy video. The crashing debris eventually gives way to rainstorms, but as the song takes on an uplifting conclusion, the rain gives way to a brighter day and flowers and grass begin to bloom around the young singer.
Releasing the song just over one month ago on March 22, Mendes spoke to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe about the vulnerable and mature track. “It was kind of something that hit me within the last year. Before that, growing up, I was a pretty calm kid, super steady. I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy,’” said Mendes.
“That song is complete truth and the best thing about it is, it’s not all down. The whole reason I wrote this song was to be like, at the end, ‘It’s not in my blood to do that.’”
Mendes performed the new single live for the first time this past weekend, playing a number of gigs in the U.K. Starting at the BBC’s Live Lounge, where he also covered Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Psycho,” Mendes performed “In My Blood,” hitting the stage again at the BBC’s Sounds Like Friday Night.
Getting the royal treatment while in the U.K., Mendes was the youngest artist asked to perform at Saturday night’s start studded event for Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 92nd birthday.
In addition to “In My Blood,” Mendes has also released the more upbeat, poppier “Lost In Japan.” Even with the two songs doing well on the charts, the Canadian singer, who was recently included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People In The World list and announced as one of the first performers for the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, has yet to announce the title and release date for his follow up to 2016’s Illuminate.