Despite a successful start to his solo career and a huge No. 2 record with Taylor Swift, Zayn Malik has yet to take his music and debut album on the road. While his former One Direction bandmates, like Harry Styles and Niall Horan, have performed a plethora of tour dates and radio shows, Zayn has had very limited time on stage since leaving 1D.
But that may soon change, as Zayn revealed to Billboard that he is planning a major tour in support of his new album. With levels of anxiety that have caused Zayn to cancel a number of international performances, and which has certainly delayed a potential tour, this news is huge for Malik’s fans.
‘Pillow Talk’ singer and former One Direction stand-out, Zayn, has delivered another great collaboration, this time with OVO Sound‘s PARTYNEXTDOOR. After teasing the track earlier this week, Zayn has released the new song as well as its official lyric video, all while he is still enjoying the mega-success of his Taylor Swift-assisted track, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’.
While we don’t know if the new track will be on Zayn’s inevitable sophomore album (which has yet to be announced), or if it will only be a single release, fans couldn’t be more excited for the unexpected collaboration. If you like what you hear, ‘Still Got Time’ is available now on iTunes.
Watch Zayn’s lyric video for ‘Still Got Time’ ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR below.
Likely the most anticipated music video of 2017 thus far, Taylor Swift and Zayn have shared their official music video for their hit collaborative single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’. Off the soundtrack for “Fifty Shades Darker”, the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which hits theaters on February 10th, the new music video is everything you expected and then some.
The dark and steamy visuals certainly paint a picture of what we can expect in the upcoming film, and while fans shouldn’t expect any romance to brew between Swift and Zayn (as Zayn is dating Swift’s friend Gigi Hadid), we definitely can’t wait for the first time that the two perform the record live. And the first chance for that may be next month, as Swift is performing a huge pre-Super Bowl concert to celebrate her new partnership with AT&T, and Taylor is no stranger to bringing out surprise guest for her shows.
Watch Zayn and Taylor Swift’s official music video for ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ below.
From The xx to U2, there are already a ton of amazing tours scheduled for 2017. But needless to say, there are still a ton of potential tours for the new year, that we are patiently awaiting their announcement. While we are certainly speculating that a number of these artists will go on tour in 2017, we have a hunch that a number of our predictions will come true.
Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 Tour Announcements We’re Patiently Waiting for in 2017!
Earlier this morning, Zayn Malik paid a visit to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show to talk a number of topics, including his solo career, his new self-titled autobiography, his new Taylor Swift collaboration and even his departure from One Direction and the gratitude that the ‘Pillow Talk’ singer feels to the opportunities he had before he went solo.
And if you have yet to hear Zayn and Taylor’s new track, written for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, then you must live under a rock, but fortunately you can the download the collaboration now on iTunes. Despite the huge shadow casted by the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, the sequel certainly has the opportunity to be even greater, as Zayn and Taylor make for an excellent team on ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’.
Watch Zayn’s full interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show below and get his new autobiography now.
Taylor Swift has famously took a break from the music world throughout 2016, after the mega success of her latest album, 1989, and her huge “1989 World Tour”. But Taylor is back, and with a very exciting and unexpected collaboration, that may stir the pot with a lot of Directioners out there.
Joining forces with former One Direction stand-out, Zayn, Taylor and her ex’s former bandmate have teamed up for a new track on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Titled, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, the two make for a great combo for the 50 Shades of Grey sequel. The official soundtrack album arrives hit stores early next year on February 10, the same day that Fifty Shades Darker arrives in theaters. What a way to get us excited!?
Buy the new track here and preview the new collaboration below.
In anticipation of her new album, AIM, rapper M.I.A. has shared her new record ‘Freedun’, featuring former One Direction artist, Zayn. A song which M.I.A. teased a year ago, Zayn was a great add to the record, on an unexpected collaboration.
“Whose world is this? The world is mine, so bring it on.” – M.I.A. on ‘Freedun’
If the rest of the album is anything like ‘Freedun’, than AIM is definitely not a project to sleep on this year, and you can get it for yourself on September 9th. The new album already marks M.I.A.’s reunion with her ex and producer of her huge hit single, ‘Paper Planes’, and with features from Zayn, Dexta Daps and more, AIM is shaping up to be a great add to the rapper’s discography.
Stream ‘Freedun’ below while you still can, and pre-order M.I.A.’s new LP, AIM, now.
In perhaps the most unexpected and dopest collaboration of the year, ‘Paper Planes’ rapper M.I.A. has announced her new single, with a very big collaboration. Joining M.I.A. for her new record ‘Freedun’, which releases tomorrow, is none other than former One Direction stand-out, Zayn. Ever since his new album and breakout single ‘Pillow Talk’, we have been excited for anything Zayn is involved in. So when teamed up with one of the best female rappers of all time, ‘Freedun’ is sure to be a hit.
Not only can you hear their new record tomorrow, but M.I.A.’s new LP, AIM, is just over a week away (scheduled for a September 9th release). The new 17-track album will feature Zayn, Diplo, Dexta Daps, and a must have for your iTunes.
Check out the single art for M.I.A. and Zayn’s new collaboration below and pre-order M.I.A.’s new album, AIM,here.
Zayn is doing things as a solo artist that he never saw in One Direction. Whether it’s breaking records that 1D never reached, or making the type of music that he otherwise wasn’t allowed to, it is really cool to see Zayn doing Zayn. And while this one doesn’t have the awesome steamy cameo from Gigi Hadid that ‘Pillow Talk’ had, Zayn’s new music video for ‘Like I Would’ is amazing in its own right. Full of futuristic visuals, neon body suits and laser lights, ‘Like I Would’ is definitely a must see for any Zayn fan, or any fan of music generally.
This is why Zayn Malik left One Direction after 5 years. The announcement of Zayn Malik leaving the band that he had grown up with, traveled the world with, created number one albums with, and made millions of dollars with was not only a shock to Directioners but also to the everyday music enthusiast. The Bradford, England born singer made it big when he was just 17 years of age. His given name was Zain Javvad Malik, of Pakistani descent, in which he later decided to change to his stage name of Zayn Malik. Gathering the courage to perform on the X Factor was the first step in the life changing journey that young Zayn was about to embark on. Simon Cowell was the mastermind behind 1D and the judge from X Factor that created the dynamic and charismatic band back in 2010. After seeing all 5 boys perform separately in different X Factor auditions, he decided to forge all of their talents and have them try out as a unit. The rest is history.
After their first number one hit the band immediately blew up. As their fan base grew, so did the boys. There are always certain roles in a “boyband” that have to be taken by a member whether or not it fits that person’s personality of not. Harry Styles was the cover boy and the heart throb. The other boys filled the roles of: funny one, mature one, smart one, and the mysterious/bad one. Zayn was pushed into the mysterious role because he was so quiet in group interviews. The average person doesn’t even really know what his speaking voice sounds like. Zayn was the bands go to for high notes. He wasn’t given as much airtime as Harry even though it is a valid argument that he is a better singer. Zayn was pushed into the shadows. After announcing his retirement from the band it was immediately rumored that there was a horrible fight between the bandmates. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. He left One Direction because the whole band scene didn’t fit him anymore. He felt like he needed a break from it to focus on himself and his family. He is still on good terms with all his mates that he started his musical career with and they support him.
No one really knew what to expect with the launching of his new album. In addition to dropping out of the band, he also dropped his last name, changing his name again he now represents himself as simply Zayn. Is he a bratty superstar who got greedy? Will he sink as a solo artist or will he get the recognition he thinks he deserves? This album could make or break this young artist’s musical endeavors. Failing at a solo career, after leaving one of the most powerful boy bands in the world- as of today, is defiantly something that would haunt the 23 year old artist for a long time to come.
Life is all about risks, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Zayn has defiantly, without a doubt come out on top. His debut solo album Mind of Mine is one that will be at the top of the charts for quite some time. It is currently number one on the Billboard Album Chart. The album cover resembles that of Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne. A toddler version of Zayn is portrayed with matching tattoos on both his arms and hands as well as a golden bracelet. Dropping the music video for ‘PILLOWTALK’ featuring his supermodel/social media icon girlfriend GiGi Hadid was the first step in getting the attention of his fans. The video went viral that day, racking up millions of views and downloads. Leaving everyone anxious to hear the rest of the album, Zayn had everyone in the palm of his hand.
The intro to his album has a strange spelling as do all of the songs on his project. ‘MiNd Of MiNdd’, is a quick 57 second song with high vocals that gives you an idea about what he is capable of and what the rest of the album will sound like. Following up is his new hit song ‘PILLOWTALK’. This title is in all caps along with 4 other songs. It is hard to tell why some songs are all caps and others are alternating between uppercase and lowercase. It was a stylistic choice that fits the mysterious artist. I believe the reason that he did this was so that the listener can come up with their own theories for what each spelling means. Its up to each individual listener to decide. ‘PILLOWTALK’ gives you an in depth look into what the real meaning behind pillow talk really is. For some, pillow talk can be an awkward 45 minutes before getting up and sending that person home, but for Zayn it is his favorite thing to do with his significant other. Singing about how he loves waking up next to his girl every morning, not caring about the noise they make, and how pure and raw it really is.
The next track titled ‘iT’s YoU’ is a slower song where Zayn really hits you in the feels with long soft vocals referencing how no matter how much he hates it , he knows deep down that this certain girl is the one for him. Questioning himself saying “Am I wrong for wanting us to make it?” Zayn is very honest in this track saying “Could it be that it’s a lesson that I never had to learn, I looked at it like a blessing but it’s just a curse.” He’s confessing that he has never had his heart broken. Many can relate to this.
Another heavy hitter on the album is the song ‘dRuNk’.’ dRuNk’ is exactly what you would think it’s about, but it has a little bit more to it’s meaning than just getting drunk on shots late at night. Zayn communicates his emotions about how he feels when he is with this person that has the ability to make him feel drunk simply with their presence. Another interesting stylistic choice to this album, besides the spelling of the songs is that it has an intermission. It is titled ‘INTERMISSION: fLoWer’. The intermission fades into Zayn singing in Urdu, a tribute to his Pakistani descents. The short song is actually a very tranquil piece to listen to, even without translation, it is very peaceful.
The song ‘wRoNg’ feat. Kehlani is the only song on the album that has a featured artist on it. In an interview with Complex News Zayn said after that Kehlani was his favorite artist that he has ever worked with. He was very excited to have her on his first ever solo project. They absolutely killed the song. The aggressive song is a message that Zayn has for all the girls that are trying to get to his heart through his bed sheets. Throughout the song saying “You’re looking in the wrong place for my love, don’t think because you’re with me this is real” just because she is spending the night at his house doesn’t mean it’s going to be anything more.” While he is not complaining, he is being straight up honest.
The track ‘fooL fOr YoU’ makes you want to call up your ex and make everything right again. On the song, Zayn speaks to how even though the love is tainted, he still needs her and he hates it. He loves everything this girl does and can’t help but miss her. Nearly everyone can relate to this song, whether you are a fan or not, this song will make you want to listen twice. One of the more sex driven songs named ‘TiO’, standing for take it off, is about Zayn not being able to wait for his girl to take off her makeup and clothes. This will eventually lead to pillowtalk in the morning which we know by now is one of Zayn’s favorite hobbies.
Zayn recently performed the song ‘LIKE I WOULD’ at the iHeart Music Awards, it would be his first solo performance on live TV. This was really a make or break for the fresh artist. Would it turn out that he is all autotuned, like so many artists, and that he can’t perform well when it’s live? Would he be able to hit the high notes that he is known for? The performance was filled with stunning lasers, a successful range of high notes and a standing ovation at the end. He absolutely killed it, solidifying his spot as a top tier performer. ‘LIKE I WOULD’ is a fast tempo song about a conversation between himself and an ex lover. Singing to this woman about how the man that she is with will never be able to satisfy her like he would. How Zayn is the best fit for her and that she will soon realize it.
Overall this album has a new spin on R&B that only the mysterious Zayn could produce. He has an interesting sound that draws you in and make you listen to his songs over and over. There is a reason that he is number one on the charts and in people’s hearts right now. The old Zayn will be missed by Directioners. I have a feeling that they will be able to move on with the new Zayn dropping hot albums like this every couple of years.
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