Life of the Party (Shawn Mendes song)

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"Life of the Party"
Shawn Mendes - Life of the Party (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Shawn Mendes
from the album The Shawn Mendes EP and Handwritten
ReleasedJune 26, 2014
FormatDigital download
GenrePop rock[citation needed]
Length3:35
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ido Zmishlany
Shawn Mendes singles chronology
"Life of the Party"
(2014)
"Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)"
(2014)

"Life of the Party" is the debut single recorded by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes from his extended play (EP) The Shawn Mendes EP and debut studio album Handwritten (2015). Written by Ido Zmishlany and Scott Harris, it was recorded in Toronto, Ontario and released on June 26, 2014.

Music video[edit]

A lyric video, released on June 30, 2014, is a long, one-shot zoom-in on Shawn Mendes in the George Street diner, who occasionally converses with the waitress of the diner as he is singing. Lyrics from the song appear in spots such as tables and hanging lights, it ends with the waitress reading a note left from Shawn, smiling as the scene fades.[1] The official video was release on March 15, 2015.

Background[edit]

The title of the song, "Life of the Party", may give the impression that it's an upbeat dance song, but in an interview, Mendes described the song as not "super happy, but it's also not depressing"; the lyrics represent being happy with yourself and figuring out who you are and who you want to be.[2] It was written by two writers from New York, Ido Zmishlany and Scott Harris, though Mendes felt a strong connection to it.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of July 12, 2014, at number 24, making it his first entry in the chart and first top 40 hit.[4][5] Mendes became the youngest artist to debut in the top 25 with a debut song on the Billboard Hot 100 at 15 years, 11 months and 4 days of age;[6] the song debuted at number five on the Hot Digital Songs chart with 148,000 downloads.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shawn Mendes - Life Of The Party (Lyric Video)". ShawnMendesVEVO. YouTube. June 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Abel, A. (June 13, 2014). "Get to know the next Ed Seeran, vine star Shawn Mendes-plus, get a sneak peek at his first single". Seventeen Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Gilman, Hannah (June 30, 2014). "Exclusive Premiere! You Have to Watch Vine Star Shawn Mendes's First Music Video: Swooning begins in 3, 2, 1..." Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Trust, Gary (2014-07-02). "Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  5. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Shawn Mendes, 15-Year-Old Vine Celebrity, Makes Record-Breaking Debut on Billboard Hot 100". Idolator. July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 1309 (Week Commencing 30 March 2015)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 21. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Shawn Mendes Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
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  12. ^ "Shawn Mendes Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201438 into search. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2014". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  17. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201438 into search. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  20. ^ "Shawn Mendes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  21. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Year of 2014". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party". Music Canada. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Shawn Mendes – Life of the party". Recorded Music NZ.
  25. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  26. ^ "Shawn Mendes - Life of the Party" (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Shawn Mendes – Life of the Party". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.