I think it’s safe to say Shawn Mendes has officially made it. Mendes is a far cry from the 15-year-old who was posting covers of songs on Vine. The now 19-year-old has hit his stride with his third self-titled album.
Mendes’ success hasn’t happened to every Vine celeb who had to jump ship when the six-second video platform was shut down. Many of his fellow famous Viners are struggling to parlay their success onto other platforms like YouTube. Of course, there are some who have continued to find success on social media, but none of them are considered to be a rising Hollywood star like Mendes.
They’re labeled as “YouTubers” or “former Vine stars.” They aren’t performing at the Billboard Music Awards, walking the red carpet at the Met Gala with a Baldwin on their arm and making TIME‘s annual 100 most influential people in the world list. No one from that platform has had the same level of success as Mendes.
His come-up has strong parallels to Justin Bieber‘s rise to fame. For starters, they’re both Canadian and were discovered through the internet. Bieber was found on YouTube and his first EP came out when he was 15-years-old. Mendes earned a record contract from his Vine’s and had his first EP out at 16.
Mendes dedicated fan base mirrors Bieber’s Bielibers. It consists of mostly teenage girls, who are lusting after him and by sheer force catapulted his singles and albums onto music charts. That’s not to say Mendes songs aren’t good, but to have a Viner’s first EP make it to the number five slot on the Billboard 200 chart is unheard of.
Mendes humble beginnings seem eons away from where the musician is now. His self-titled has positioned the once hopeful tween who taught himself how to play guitar from YouTube videos as a dominating force in the music world.
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