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Shawn Mendes on track for Billboard 200 albums chart No.1 with 'Handwritten'

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes released his debut album 'Handwritten' on April 14 and the offering is already heading for the top of the U.S. charts

Music industry forecasters have suggested that the record could sell over 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 19, and as a result Mendes is aiming for a No.1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week when the positions are confirmed on Wednesday, April 22. 

The midweek albums chart was released in the UK yesterday and Mendes made an appearance at No.8 with his debut offering although final positions will be confirmed later this week. 

Late last night, the heartthrob told his followers on Twitter that he has scheduled a special live performance for the end of this week (April 17): "Performin' on @GMA this Friday morning! NYC come out to watch in Time Square."

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Watch Mendes' music video for 'Life Of The Party' here: