It’s been two years since Shawn Mendes released his hugely successful second album Illuminate and while the singer has stayed busy touring the world, in Mendes Army time, two years is a long stretch of months to go without new music.
Thankfully, Mendes has now promised that new music is coming ‘soon.’ Of course, what ‘soon’ means is entirely up for debate.
Mendes has been posting pics from what looked like a relaxing vacation in Jamaica, but now appears to be an on-location recording session. Uploading images to his Instagram account, Mendes tagged singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger in one pic, signalling that the two are possibly writing new music together. An even bigger clue? Mendes’ latest post promises new music, it just doesn’t promise proper grammar use.
Sitting shirtless on a swing with a stunning water backdrop, Mendes captioned his latest photo “album soon come.” Aside from wondering where the ‘ing’ is after the word come, the next logical question is ‘how soon is soon?’ It’s a question that has now erupted among Mendes’ fans on Twitter.
The new announcement has understandably put the Mendes army into a tailspin.
— GiadæPINNED (@JadeRoses20) February 12, 2018
The word ‘soon’ has now become a huge topic of debate.
How soon is “soon”? This week? Two weeks? One month? @ShawnMendes
— Mendes Updates (@SMendesQandA) February 11, 2018
So, like, can we get a snack or nah?
— Anel Guzmán (@Ane_JessG) February 11, 2018
People are not playing.
— Shawn Mendes Edits (@edits_shawn) February 11, 2018
The Smiths wrote a song about this very issue.
sooo how soon is soon @ShawnMendes
— selfie for shawn (@selfieforshawn) February 11, 2018
Maybe ‘soon’ means five weeks? The conspiracy theories have already begun.
Conspiracy theory: Shawn Mendes posted this photo to tell us that it’s 5 weeks until sm3 is released pic.twitter.com/3vVzmjWfG2
— alanna (@alannanazar) February 11, 2018
Everyone has been waiting for Mendes’ third album, including the big guy.
— t (@firingmendes) February 12, 2018
Some are very concerned they weren’t personally notified about the new record.
are you telling me that @ShawnMendes posted a shirtless pic and told us the album was coming soon while i was at the school? WHY DIDNT ANYONE TELL ME
— victoria (@vickyslifee) February 12, 2018
What we do know for sure that Mendes has a) been working on his album and b) been working on his fitness.
Shawn Mendes knows exactly how to promote a new album. pic.twitter.com/GRwa45MPEr
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) February 11, 2018
Shawn Mendes is nominated for two JUNO Awards this year, including JUNO Fan Choice and Single of the Year for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”