Mercy (Shawn Mendes song)

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"Mercy"
Mercy - Single.jpg
Single by Shawn Mendes
from the album Illuminate
Released August 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Rock[1]
Length 3:28
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Shawn Mendes singles chronology
"Treat You Better"
(2016)
"Mercy"
(2016)
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
(2017)

"Treat You Better"
(2016)
"Mercy"
(2016)
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
(2017)
Music video
"Mercy" on YouTube

"Mercy" is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes. It was co-written by Mendes with Ilsey Juber, Danny Parker and Teddy Geiger, with the latter handling the song's production with Jake Gosling.[2][3] It was released on August 18, 2016, through Island Records as the third promotional single, and later as the second single on October 18, 2016, from his second studio album, Illuminate (2016).[4]

Composition[edit]

"Mercy" is written in the key of B minor with a common time tempo of 144 to 152 beats per minute. Mendes's vocals span from B2 to A4 in the song.[5]

Music video[edit]

On September 21, 2016, a music video directed by Jay Martin was released.[6] It features Mendes singing, switching between him drowning in a locked car in the ocean and him performing the song with instruments in a warehouse shot at TriBro Studios.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the song peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the second single from Illuminate to reach the top 20. It also peaked at number 13 in Australia, number 15 in the UK and number 23 in Canada.

Live performances[edit]

Mendes performed the song for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 22, 2016, backed by mallet drums, electric guitar, bass and piano.[7] The singer later performed the song on Today on September 23,[8] The Late Late Show with James Corden on September 28,[9] The X Factor UK on October 23,[10] and The X Factor Australia on October 31 as well as Saturday Night Live on December 4. Mendes performed the song live at the Juno Awards of 2017; this version was subsequently released as a digital download.[11][12] On May 27, 2018, Mendes and singer James Bay performed the song together at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[4]
No.TitleLength
1."Mercy"3:28
Loote remix[14]
No.TitleLength
1."Mercy" (Loote remix)3:23
Acoustic guitar version[15]
No.TitleLength
1."Mercy" (acoustic guitar)3:41
Live from the JUNOs 2017[12]
No.TitleLength
1."Mercy" (Live from the JUNOs 2017)3:37

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[61] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[62] Platinum 30,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[63] 2× Platinum 180,000^
France (SNEP)[64] Platinum 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[65] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[66] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[67] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[68] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[69] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[70] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[71] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[73] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States August 18, 2016 Digital download [4]
October 18, 2016 Top 40 radio
[74]
Worldwide November 4, 2016 Digital downloadLoote remix [14]
January 27, 2017 Digital download – acoustic guitar version [15]
April 2, 2017 Digital download – live from the Juno Awards of 2017 [12]

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