So we now know the reason why Zayn left the most successful band on the planet and that is he has sex on his mind and wants to tell us all about it in song.
The former One Direction singer took to Twitter on Sunday morning to reveal that his first ever single, ‘Pillow Talk’, will be coming out on Friday. He posted the artwork of in a shirtless black-and-white photo showing all his tasteful tattoos together with a 50-second clip of the video on YouTube. So what does it sound like? Well just imagine the next Nick Jonas single with a slight dancier edge and you will have it, yep Zayn wants to sound very American with his music maybe with his eye on that market but it is pure pop with a decent hook.
This will mark the first material fans will hear from his upcoming debut solo album, this follows his sudden departure from One Direction a year ago as he wanted to have ‘the normal life of a young guy his age’ a young guy with a few million in the bank and an international recording contract of course! There was a lot of atmosphere in the group and Zayn seemed to become the odd one out and the band have ploughed on successfully as a four piece with a number one album and single all over the globe in the run-up to Christmas.
Zayn had lead with a short clip of a song called ‘Be Four’, which appeared in a special video for Fader magazine 10 weeks ago. Speaking about what fans can expect from his solo material, Zayn explained in that article: “I don’t feel like people really know what I’m going to give them, musically. And once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this shit down.
“Because for five – not even for five years, for ten years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.”
He went much further telling the Sunday Times this week the real meaning of his music – Sex “Everybody wants to have sex and it’s something people want. It’s part of everybody’s life and you don’t want to sweep it under the carpet. It has to be talked about ”
The release of ‘Pillow Talk’ will be followed the same night by an appearance on the Graham Norton Show which will be his first TV interview and performance as a solo star. The song will then, of course, have a clear seven days of sales, downloads and streamlining to see if it can usurp Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber from the top of the charts. Of course with his band mates currently flying high in the top 10 with their third single from the massive current album, there will be an instant judge as to whether Zayn has made the right move or not.
Let the 1D chart battle commence. Have the fans forgiven him for splitting from 1D or will they turn their backs on him and stick with the other four and their new faves Shawn and Bieber. The industry is keen to see whether Zayn is the next Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating or Justin Timberlake that were right to jump ship or whether he is the latest Charlie Simpson from Busted, Brian McFadden from Westlife or Gary Barlow from Take That who all left hugely popular outfits for very indifferent solo careers and poor sales.
There are many rumours flying about that Harry Styles has officially recorded several solo tracks after collaborating with Snow Patrol so may fancy the soloist route himself too.
Ironically Zayn’s announcement came on the same day as pictures were released of the first 1D baby. Louis Tomlinson’s son with Briana Jungwirth had a child last week and although as the couple are not married it is uncertain as to who’s name the young lad will take we do know that they have chosen the names Sydney Rain for him. The couple is no longer romantically involved although Louis did attend the birth and instantly tweeted the lyrics to Boney M’s debut hit ‘Daddy Cool’ and added: “I’m pleased to say my baby son was born yesterday; he is healthy and pretty amazing, i am very happy”.
One Direction famously all auditioned separately for the X-Factor where Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger put the five lads together as a boy band after they failed to get picked as individuals.
Four of them were keen but it was Liam that was the most reluctant as he still wanted to go forward as a soloist which may indicate that he will be the next on his own into a studio now the band are on an 18-month break. The boys after coming third in the X-Factor then found a great first song in What Makes You Beautiful which lead to 5 hit albums breaking America and everywhere else, movies, awards and endless merchandise before taking over the entire known universe. At THEGAYUK we love anything 1D orientated so we will keep our ears to the ground on all the developments of all 5 lads as they go forward with their many projects.