Which pop heartthrob will dominate the rest of 2018: Shawn Mendes or Zayn Malik?
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Which pop heartthrob will dominate the rest of 2018: Shawn Mendes or Zayn Malik?

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Shawn Mendes and Zayn Malik are among the hottest teen heartthrobs in the pop game, and fans are anxiously awaiting every bit of new music from them both. The Mendes Army can now rejoice, as Mendes recently dropped his highly-anticipated, self-titled third studio album. Malik has been teasing his Zquad with a new album for some time, but he's dropping fire bop after fire bop in the meantime. Who will dominate the rest of 2018? 🎤😍

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Mendes made his grand return with two new singles "In My Blood" and "Lost in Japan" in March 2018. He followed up with the inspirational anthem "Youth" with Khalid and his latest bluesy bop "Where Were You in the Morning?" Both songs are featured on his new self-titled LP, which Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos gave four out of five stars. She writes:

There are many ways to grow up in pop music: You can test out a new genre, change up your look or start singing about smoking weed. Transitioning your career from teen to adult is the true test of sustainability, and while Shawn Mendes is only 19 years old, his self-titled third LP has passed the test with flying colors.
Over his past two albums, the Toronto native proved himself an affably charming, guitar-slinging foil to the deluge of often-forgettable, pop'n'B-leaning white male stars. He was a family-friendly one-man boy band, churning out hits about love, heartbreak and savior complexes in a post-One Direction world. On his latest, Mendes crosses a bridge to the other side; it's groovy R&B funk that doesn't lose the charm of the way his warm vocals sound over the scratchy strum of his guitar.

Listen to "Shawn Mendes" on Spotify, but also watch the music video to "In My Blood" below. 

Malik teased his sophomore album with "Still Got Time" and "Dusk Till Dawn" in 2017. He has since dropped "Let Me" and "Entertainer," which are also expected to be featured on his next LP. The Zquad are waiting patiently for the upcoming album. 

According to Variety, Malik says the album is underway, but still under wraps. 

“It’s all very under wraps at the minute. I’m trying to keep it as mysterious as possible, but there’s a plan with the roll out,” Zayn said in the interview. “It’s going to be different than anything anyone has done before. It’s going to be interesting to see how the audience reacts to this kind of release. I wanted to try something different, I think it’s all going to make sense in the end when the album finally drops.”

Watch the music video to his latest bop "Entertainer" below.

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