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"In My Blood" is the lead single and first track from Shawn Mendes' self-titled third studio album. It was released through Island Records on March 22, 2018.

Background

"In My Blood" chronicles Mendes' struggle with anxiety. It marks the first time the singer has publicly discussed his experiences with the mental health disorder.[1]

Release and promotion

On March 16, 2018, Mendes posted a collage on social media consisting of two uncaptioned images of blank color blocks,[2] one in beige and one in coral. He later changed his profile picture to a beige background color with a floral design, as featured in the single's artwork.[3][4]

On March 19, Mendes partnered with Spotify to promote the single on a billboard in New York's Times Square that reads "Shawn Mendes coming soon".[5] Shortly after, he posted a video that includes two dates: March 22 and March 23.[6][7][8] The dates were also projected in various places in London.[9]

He officially announced the song on March 20, along with its release date and the single's artwork.[10][11][12] "This song," he wrote in a social media post, "is the closest song to my heart that I've ever written".[13][14] A Portuguese version was also released on June 3, 2018, in support of Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, owing to Mendes' Portuguese heritage.[15]

Chart performance

It debuted at number 72 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after only one day of sales and streaming tracking and four days of airplay tracking.[16] It has since risen to its current peak of number 11. Mendes became the first artist to have four number-one songs on the Billboard Adult Top 40 radio airplay chart before turning 20 years old, with "In My Blood" being his fourth.[17]

In Canada, the single debuted at 62 also after one day of tracking. The following week, it rose 53 spots to a new peak of 9, making it Mendes' fifth top 10 in his home country.[18] It went number one in Hungary and reached the top 10 of several European and Asian countries.

Music video

The music video for the song was uploaded on April 24, 2018. Directed by Jay Martin, the video features Shawn Mendes lying on the floor barefoot, while his surroundings begin to change. As he is singing, it begins to snow and rain. The video ends with a wide shot of Mendes surrounded by a garden of flowers.

Live performances

On March 28, 2018, Mendes made a live performance debut of the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden.[19][20] On April 12, Mendes performed the song live during the German Echo Music Prize.[21] Mendes performed the song several times in the UK, including at the BBC Radio Live Lounge on April 19, on Sounds Like Friday Night on April 20, and at Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 21. [22][23][24] On April 24, Mendes performed the song at the TIME 100 Gala.[25]

Mendes's performance of the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired on May 17, and he performed the song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on May 20.[26][27] He performed the song on The One Show on May 28, and as part of his set at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Swansea on May 27.[28] Mendes also performed the song as part of his sets on The Today Show and at the Governors Ball Music Festival, both on June 1 in New York City,[29][30] and at Wango Tango the next day in Los Angeles.[31] He performed the song at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards held in New York on August 20.[32]

Lyrics

[Intro]
Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't
It isn't in my blood

[Verse 1]
Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing
I'm overwhelmed and insecure, give me something
I could take to ease my mind slowly
Just have a drink and you'll feel better
Just take her home and you'll feel better
Keep telling me that it gets better
Does it ever?

[Pre-Chorus]
Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
No medicine is strong enough
Someone help me
I'm crawling in my skin
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't

[Chorus]
It isn't in my blood
It isn't in my blood

[Verse 2]
I'm looking through my phone again feeling anxious
Afraid to be alone again, I hate this
I'm trying to find a way to chill, can't breathe, oh
Is there somebody who could...

[Pre-Chorus]
Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
No medicine is strong enough
Someone help me
I'm crawling in my skin
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't

[Chorus]
It isn't in my blood
It isn't in my blood

[Bridge]
I need somebody now
I need somebody now
Someone to help me out
I need somebody now

[Pre-Chorus]
Help me, it's like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can't

[Chorus]
It isn't in my blood
It isn't in my blood, oh

[Outro]
It isn't in my blood
I need somebody now
It isn't in my blood
I need somebody now
It isn't in my blood

References

  1. Teen Vogue - Shawn Mendes Shares How He Copes With Anxiety
  2. People Choice - Shawn Mendes Shares Cryptic Post, And It Can Only Really Mean One Thing
  3. Times Now - Shawn Mendes teases new album in is his own cryptic way
  4. CNN-News18 - Shawn Mendes Cryptically Teases New Music; See Tweet
  5. People's Choice Awards - Shawn Mendes' Latest Album Tease Is Very Telling
  6. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Has Fans Freaking Out Over Cryptic Tweets That Seem to Hint at New Music
  7. Idolator - Coming Soon: Shawn Mendes Teams Up With Spotify To Tease New Music
  8. MTV News - Shawn Mendes Is Releasing New Music This Week
  9. Official Charts Company - Shawn Mendes teases new music is coming this week
  10. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Announces New Single 'In My Blood'
  11. CBS Radio - Shawn Mendes Teases New Song 'In My Blood'
  12. iHeartRadio - Shawn Mendes Set To Debut 'In My Blood'
  13. MTV News - Shawn Mendes Returns with Incredible New Single 'In My Blood'
  14. E! News - Shawn Mendes Returns With "In My Blood" and Fans Are Going Wild
  15. Google Play - Shawn Mendes: In My Blood (Portuguese Version) - Music on Google Play
  16. Billboard - Shawn Mendes' 'In My Blood' Debuts on Billboard Hot 100
  17. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Is the First Artist to Land Four No. 1s on the Adult Pop Songs Chart Before Age 20
  18. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Canadian Hot 100 Chart History
  19. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Performs 'In My Blood,' Announces Week-Long 'Late Late Show' Residency: Watch
  20. MTV - Shawn Mendes Stuns with Debut 'In My Blood' Performance
  21. TZ - Skandal bei Echo 2018: Außenminister Maas meldet sich zu Wort – Farid Bang in Schlägerei verwickelt?
  22. The Sun - Who’s on The One Show tonight? Shawn Mendes and Ross Noble join Matt Baker and Alex Jones
  23. Independent - BBC Biggest Weekend review: Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Years & Years among stars to perform at superb pop festival
  24. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Performs Smooth Cover Of Post Malone's 'Psycho' & Sings 'In My Blood' in BBC Live Lounge
  25. Watch Shawn Mendes's Heartfelt Performance at the TIME 100 Gala
  26. Variety - NSYNC, BTS, U2’s Bono and The Edge Heading to ‘Ellen’
  27. Billboard - Watch Shawn Mendes' Emotional 'In My Blood' Performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards
  28. The Sun - What time is The Queen’s Birthday Party on BBC One, who’s in the line-up to perform and can I get tickets?
  29. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Braves the Rain For Rocking 'Today' Show Performance: Watch
  30. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Serenades Governors Ball With 'In My Blood' & More Swoon-Worthy Hits
  31. iHeartMedia - iHeartMedia Kicked Off Summer At iHeartRadio KIIS FM Wango Tango By AT&T
  32. Billboard - Shawn Mendes Braves the Elements With Rain-Soaked 'In My Blood' 2018 VMAs Performance: Watch

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