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PICS: Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth at Valley View Casino Center

Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth had an adoring Valley View Casino Center crowd in the palm of their hands on July 14.

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The audience was enrapt – and can you blame them? Two of the biggest pop stars in the world on one stage!
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Mendes originally hails from Canada – more specifically Pickering, Ontario.
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He got his start posting cover songs to Vine in 2013, and soon found himself with a huge following.
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The next year, he signed a record contract with Island Records.
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In 2014, he became the youngest artist in history to debut in the Billboard Top 25 chart with a debut single titled “Life of the Party.”
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The next year, Mendes released his debut album titled “Handwritten.”
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The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 106,000 copies sold in its first week.
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Its single, “Stitches,” reached the top 10 in both the U.S. and Canada – as well as No. 1 in the UK. Not too shabby, eh?
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Later in 2015, he released a collaboration single “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello.
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Mendes released his sophomore album, “Illuminate,” in June of 2016 (which also debuted at No. 1) with the lead single “Treat You Better” reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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The singer/songwriter has cited John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars as big musical influences.
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He’s also a philanthropist: In 2014, Mendes and DoSomething.org launched a campaign called "Notes from Shawn." The campaign addressed low self-esteem, depression and awareness of self-harm. They re-launched their campaign for the second year in a row in 2015. He has also worked with Pencils of Promise, raising $25,000 to build a school in Ghana.
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As we mentioned before, Charlie Puth opened the show!
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Like Mendes, Puth gained initial exposure (starting in 2009) by uploading comedy videos and acoustic covers to his YouTube channel. By 2015, he had signed with Atlantic Records.
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Right afterward, he released a collaboration titled “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor, which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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Puth then wrote, co-produced and was featured on a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa called “See You Again” – a tribute to the late Paul Walker – which was included in the “Furious 7” soundtrack. It went to No. 1 for 12 weeks, and earned three Grammy nominations.
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He released his debut album, “Nine Track Mind,” in 2016, and is scheduled to drop his second, titled “Voice Notes,” this fall.
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