Is Shawn Mendes releasing new music anytime soon? The Canadian crooner revealed that he’s finally ready to “start” making songs after a “very difficult” year following his 2022 world tour cancellation.

In June 2023, Shawn released the single “What the Hell Are We Dying For?” and explained that he’s been “struggling” over the past year to make new music.

“I was upstate New York and just on the back end of feeling a lot of things about relationships, about my career, about environment. And I was in the studio and this moment of just deep frustration came over me and I finally started to feel this inspiration come,” he shared during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 at the time. “And, honestly, in that moment, it felt like it was the first time I felt that in a year and a half in the studio. And I just think singing along to this organ and this Juno loop we created, and the words came out of me just like, what am I dying for? And I think it’s the most abstract I’ve been in a long time writing about multiple things at the same time.”

Keep reading for everything we know about Shawn’s upcoming music.

Is Shawn Mendes Releasing New Music?

“I’m at the point where I’m like, ‘OK, I’m ready to start making some songs,'” Shawn told WSJ magazine in February 2023. “Which is exciting.”

Shawn’s last musical release was his 2020 album Wonder, and he began a world tour in March 2022. However, a few months into the Wonder World Tour, Shawn shocked fans by pulling the plug for the rest of his shows in order to focus on his mental health.

Since then, he has dropped one new song, and opened up about this next phase of his career.

“If I’m being completely honest, I feel a little confused about everything still. I think a little bit, just all over the place. I feel aware of how people are receiving the song. I feel aware of the fact that I did it on a whim and I’m proud of it,” Shawn shared during the same Apple Music 1 interview. “But most of all, honestly, if I’m being real, I’m just happy that I broke through that horrible wall of writer’s block and I’m creating again. I’m just happy about that. And I’m just going to keep going, keep making some songs because I really think that there’s something in here.”

Shawn Mendes 'What the Hell Are We Dying For?' Lyrics Explained, Breakdown
Alessandro Bremec/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

Why Did Shawn Mendes Cancel His World Tour?

The “Stitches” singer announced the devastating news in July 2022 via social media.

“After speaking more with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally to ground myself and come back stronger,” he said. “I, unfortunately, have to cancel the rest of the tour dates in North America, and the UK/Europe. We were hopeful that I might be able to pick up with the rest of the dates after some much needed time off, but at this time I have to put my health as my first priority.”

In his February 2023 interview with Wall Street Journal, Shawn described the sudden cancelation of his tour as “very difficult.”

“The process was very difficult. A lot of doing therapy, a lot of trying to understand how I was feeling and what was making me feel that way,” he explained. “And then doing the work to help myself and heal. And also leaning on people in my life to help a little bit.”

Will Shawn Mendes Release a New Album?

While he hasn’t announced any new music, the artist seems to be in a much better place these days.

“It’s been a lot of work, but I think the last year and a half has been the most eye-opening and growing and beautiful and just healing process of my life,” he explained. “I’m also really grateful for all the people that were so accepting and loving and kind and understanding. And it just really made me see how culture is really starting to get to a place where mental health is really becoming a priority.”

Scroll through our gallery for details on Shawn’s upcoming album 

Love J-14? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for fun, exclusive videos with your favorite stars.