Shawn Mendes is an anomaly.
The pop star is only just celebrating his 20th birthday, and already he's seen three consecutive albums debut at No. 1, found himself on Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world, and performed for the freaking Queen of England. His list of accomplishments in just a few shorts years is more impressive than most other artists' CVs will be in their entire lifetime. And to think—if it were just 10 years earlier, the way it all happened for Mendes wouldn't have even been thinkable, let alone possible.
But that was then, and this is now. And in this post-Justin Bieber world, where social media has leveled the playing field and democratized the discovery process, Mendes is officially our new prince of pop. Here's how he did it.