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21 March 2016, 12:09 | Updated: 6 December 2018, 12:28
Zayn Malik live on Periscope ( ft Kehlani, Mind Of Mine, Befour, She, Drunk) 2016
Find out what Zayn has in store for us on his first solo album, 'Mind Of Mine' coming 25th March.
Zayn Malik has FINALLY landed as a solo artist - dropping his phenomenal first single 'Pillowtalk' and NOW revealing the full tracklist for his brand new studio album 'Mind Of Mine'.
Now that Zayn is ready to take over the world with his solo material - having ALREADY landed at number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 with 'Pillowtalk', it's time to look ahead at what we know and what we can expect from his first record.
Look at that cheeky little grin! Doesn't it just make you all happy inside?
“It’s all very sparse and random. There’s some R&B more inflected, and others that are like reggae-sounding,” Zayn revealed to the Daily Star. “They’re all kind of different thoughts. The music reflects that as well because they’re different emotions, so you feel different things through each song.
The video features Zayn's solo offering playing in the background and sounds pretty damned awesome. #Bringit
“Life experiences have just been influences for the album and just stuff that I’ve been through, especially in the last five years and being in the band and everything,” Zayn revealed to The Fader. “It’s quite a personal album and we recorded a lot of it actually out in the woods and stuff like this which is quite weird.
“It was just something that we wanted to do because we wanted to make it quite real and genuine.”
Picture: The Fader
"You know I used to listen to a lot of Bollywood being a kid and stuff so yeah that definitely influenced the music a little bit,” he explained to The Fader. “Then as I got older I just started listening to a lot of my dad’s old records like nineties stuff. Just like a lot of RnB and a lot of rap."
"It’s a nice feeling to come out of a place where you are being told what to do and to be upset because of certain expectations are set and things that people want to see. It is just all my perspective and that’s fully liberating," he told The Fader. "I wouldn’t be able to give you one standout moment where I was like this is what I want to do because I guess I just always kinda knew.
"Once [the fans] 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 s**t down," he added. "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."
They had been working hard together in the studio for the past few months, but when a music video clip featuring Zayn leaked online, he suspected it to have come from Naughty Boy and the pair's relationship crumbled. Zayn tweeted that Naughty Boy should "stop pretending we're friends", and Naughty Boy responded by saying that he thought his former pal had been hacked. While there won't be a collaboration between the two of them on the album, could Zayn call Naughty Boy out on a track instead?
It's a big deal going from being a band member to a solo star, so we MAY get to hear Mr Malik's deep and meaningful thoughts on going it alone for the first time in his career.
The world was shocked to hear the news these two had called time on their four-year relationship - this might be the time Zayn puts his side of the story out in the form of song.
Malay posted a photo of Zayn with his daughter on Instagram, and the pair are definitely working together. This is definitely a collaboration to look out for.
Fiddy has made no secret of his desire to work with the former 1D star - he told The Mirror, "I want it to happen. I can make him a lot of money and he can make me a lot of money. The point I am making is he needs to be working with the right producers, artists, and people in the genre. Some of the pop star rappers are a little cringe, and he doesn’t want that.” Make it happen!
We LOVED hearing Zayn's silky smooth vocals over this leaked track, and if he decides to channel this sound for the rest of his record, it's going to be BIG!
Naughty Boy confirmed that Zayn is writing his own songs and Zayn tweeted "#RealMe" - he's said to be putting out a soulful record so we will get to see the real Zayn Malik at last.
He was the king of the high notes in One Direction, and we will finally get to hear his voice in all it's glory as he goes it alone for the first time ever.
Who WOULDN'T want to collaborate with Zayn? Could you imagine how funky a Maynard/Malik mix would be though?! Conor told New magazine, "Would I like to work with him? He's got an amazing voice, so that'd be really cool. It's funny, One Direction fans once made up a fake tracklist and one of them was a duet between Zayn and me, so maybe it's meant to be?"
One thing's for certain - we can NOT wait for Zayn's solo efforts to drop on 25th March. #Exciting!