International pop star Shawn Mendes recently acknowledged Zack Tabudlo's cover of his song "It'll Be Okay", which the latter posted on his official Tiktok page.
And being a big Shawn Mendes fan, Zack could not contain how stoked he was at the acknowledgment he received:
"MY HEART LITERALLY STOPPED. HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS. SHAWN FREAKIN MENDES FRKIN COMMENTED AND LIKED MY TIKTOK COVER OF HIS SONG WTF IM SHAKING WHAT DO I DO. MY HEART. MY SOUL. I CANNOT STOP SHAKING WHAT IS HAPPENING. HOW. WHAT. IS THIS REAL. LIFE.
Shawn Mendes U R MY HERO SIR."
This development definitely keeps the momentum going for the prolific singer-songwriter/producer's strong start in 2022 with his latest single "HATDOG", his high-profile collaboration featuring multimedia superstar James Reid. The song is currently #7 Trending for Music on YouTube and has amassed almost 815,000 views and over 446,000 streams on Spotify.
Prior to their exciting new team-up, both Zack and James have worked together on the music video of the former’s hit single “Para Sa Mga Ex,” off his successful 2021 album, Episode. It was the first time they’ve talked in person. Upon meeting, both Zack and James clicked, became friends, and decided to collaborate on a music project.
“James was just very chill to work,” the artist with Spotify's most streamed song in the Philippines last year, reveals. “He was very open to ideas. He really has an edge with singing as well. The character in his voice pushes out the uniqueness of how it sounds, which makes it very different from what we hear from singers and artists nowadays. He has his own thing.”
Zack finished writing “HATDOG” in 30 minutes and made James listen to it in his studio. The Careless Music CEO and On The Wings Of Love actor immediately loved the track, and decided to finish recording his part in four hours. The rest, as they say, is history.
The finished product shares the familiar aesthetic sensibility that defines Zack’s previous songs: an easygoing pop/R&B tune with soulful, slow-rock edge to it and infinitely catchy verses that build up and soar. As the 20-year-old hitmaker puts it, “'HATDOG' is definitely one of the most chill songs that I've released so far. It’s super laid back and just easy to listen to.”
Zack Tabudlo ft. James Reid’s “HATDOG” is out now on streaming platforms worldwide via Island Records Philippines.