Shawn Mendes has tapped Justin Bieber for his new single, “Monster.”
The track also received a video treatment by “WAP” director Colin Tilley, where both artists, standing outdoors in a storm, shout to the sky about trying to meet high expectations and the struggles of superstardom.
As Mendes explained to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, “Monster” is “about how society can put celebrities up on a pedestal and watch them fall, and it seems to be this entertainment thing. And it’s hard.”
Bieber was taken with the song, Mendes recalled. “His heart fell deep into it… Yesterday, we were on the phone for an hour and had the deepest conversation… and it just felt really nice because it was a full-circle moment for me. This guy was the reason I started singing. I was nine when ‘One Time’ came out, and I completely was all in. He was Elvis to me.
“And to come back around and to have this very human-to-human conversation with him and his truth to come into that song and my truth to be there, it feels like one of the most special songs I’ve ever wrote. And the more I listened to it and the deeper I get into it; this is not just about celebrities. This is the human experience.”
“Monster” marks Mendes’ third release of the year, following “Wonder” and “Intro.” All three tracks will appear on his fourth studio album Wonder, due out December 4. It’s the follow-up to his self-titled LP, released in 2018.
It’s also the latest in a series of recent collaborations for Bieber, who jumped on a remix of 24kGoldn’s song “Mood” with J Balvin, linked up with Benny Blanco for “Lonely,” and released “Holy” featuring Chance the Rapper.
Watch Mendes and Bieber’s new video for “Monster” below: