Harry Styles’ Goes Solo – Can He Beat Zayn?

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Zayn went R&B on his solo debut; we have a feeling Harry’s album will seem more familiar to 1D enthusiasts.


We understand Harry Styles has some songs. “Already Home,” “Coco,” Ceaselessly,” “5378 Miles” — these are the tracks the former One Directioner enrolled with his publishers at ASCAP last December, leaving the legal trail to affirm what was already pretty much approved: Zayn Malik won’t be the only solo 1D member hitting us with new music.


Zayn relished the newfound freedom. His solo debut this year might as well have been titled Yes, I Do Have Lots of Sex. Zayn no longer has to conform to a family-friendly public image. Styles has done some growing also: He Is now 22 years old and 4 years removed from a debut album with a song called “Up All Night” that wasn’t a double-entendre at all but literally about dancing all night to Katy Perry.


In One Direction’s earlier days, Styles guested as himself on an episode of iCarly; in 2017, he’s on tap for an important character in Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama Dunkirk. It ’s difficult to believe the group accomplished so much in just half a decade. Five records, as many top 10 singles, near-constant touring — for Styles, it evidently hasn’t, and however, that didn’t halt Zayn from solo work soon after departing One Direction.


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We don’t know what sort of lyrical content Styles has cooked up, but we weren’t expecting him to follow Zayn down the alt-R&B path. And guess what? From Up All Night to last year’s Made in the A.M., One Direction basically morphed into a pop-leaning rock band, one whose inclination to build songs on guitar and keys was frequently overshadowed by the fact folks insisted on the boy band label.


Zayn veered away from this, and despite a fervent built fanbase (which purchased 402,000 first-week copies of Made in the A.M. in the U.S.), his not-quite-One Direction-sounding record sold substantially fewer copies — 112,000 — in its own advent week.


Granted, “Pillowtalk” topped the Hot 100 (and remains in the top 10) but Harrys character could give his solo career an even higher ceiling. So much hinges on how his first single fares. Only time will tell when Harry finally releases his album. We cant wait!

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