“If I Can’t Have You” is the upbeat, The 1975-inspired track that marks the beginning of Shawn Mendes' fourth musical era after the May 2018 release of his third studio album, Shawn Mendes. In an interview with Beats 1, Shawn described the song as a “confident pop record” and went on to say that
"This is the one that consistently every time I play it for myself, or for friends and family, it has just given people that smile."
The song’s lyrics first appeared on Genius on April 26, and Shawn first teased the song’s release on May 1, 2019 via his Twitter. The track and its accompanying music video were released at midnight on May 3rd. The song’s first live performance will be May 3rd on Saturday Night Live, with Shawn as a musical guest.
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