After Zayn left One Direction to pursue his solo career, a lot of people were waiting anxiously for his music. His debut album I was behind 100%, I thought that it was so good and fun; however, despite everyone saying such good things about sophomore album, Icarus Falls, I was not as impressed with it. I expected an R&B album that talked about his life and sex because that is what he left the band to sing about, but I was greeted with an exaggeratedly long album that consisted of relatively the same sounds and beats.
19 albums, 98 tracks
I think now it has become an integral part of every musician to bring up their pain through music’s and lyrics, I am not criticising anyone, but what I feel is due to this openness people are able to enjoy their songs. Yes, it is true sometime everything becomes too much and that’s why Zayn came up with this album Icarus Falls, in many of his interviews he mentioned about the struggle he was going through after leaving one direction and apart from that he was going through a lot of personal issues and to get rid of them he came up with this album. It is good that singers are expressing their fillings, but sometimes it becomes too much even for the audience as well - I mean, I am huge fan of Zayn and even I was eagerly waiting for his new album , but putting 27 songs in a album some time becomes over exhausting for the audience as well. Personally speaking initially when I started listening to his new album it was fine, but after sometime it became very monotonous. However, having drawback still Zayn was able to bring one beautiful album with elements of emotion, romance and pain. Maybe finishing this album in one go will be a tough job, however album is worth listening to.
Zain Javadd Malik aka ZAYN, released his second solo studio album, Icarus Falls on the 14th of December 2018. After the success of his first studio album, Mind of Mine, there were very high expectations for his Sophomore album. When Zayn left the multiplatinum selling English-Irish pop boy band, One Direction, a lot of hearts were broken and people wondered what this will mean for Zayn’s career. The band comprised of Zayn alongside Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Nial Horan who were brought together in 2010 by the judges on the British Singing competition, The X Factor. From 2010-2015 they experienced resounding success winning twenty-eight teens choice awards, seven BRIT awards & American Music Awards and four VMAs. Zayn claims that his decision to leave the group came as a result of him being in a dark place. He was dealing with crippling anxiety and his private life seemed to be falling apart, he needed a break from the spotlight. He also seemed to have outgrown the band and wanted to go solo. According to the daily mail, Zayn referred to their songs as “generic as fuck songs”, he also wanted the opportunity to be more creative. On Mind of Mine it was clear he left the generic pop sound for modern R&B. After recording and performing with four other boys throughout his career up until 2015, many doubted Zayn will be successful on his own. Despite having an incredible vocal range and texture, his team member Harry Styles was the lead singer and the star of the band. To the surprise of many his decision proved to be very profitable for him. His first single off his debut album, Pillowtalk, made him the first Male UK artists to debut at number 1 on the Billboard HOT 100. Mind of Mine debuted at number 1 in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and the United States, he became the first British Male solo artist to do achieve that. Icarus Falls is named after a character in Greek mythology who went against his father's warnings and flew too close to the sun causing him to fall to this death. This could represent his journey so far. He was “flying high” during his One Direction era, he decided to break out of the restraint the group to go even “higher” but that led him down a rocky path. He faced extreme anxiety around performing solo and this caused him to cancel several performances and prevented him from going on tour. Icarus Falls is a double album, on the overwhelming 27-song track list, Zayn was able to show his growth as a solo artist. Though in an interview with British Vogue, Zayn said some of the tracks were meant to be on his debut album.
We all remember Zayn Malik from the famous Irish band One direction, I personally remember him from the song ‘Up All Night’ were we can see young ZAYN performing in a concert with his band members and this song was the part of the first album of One direction. Everything was going great, until in 2015 Zayn decided to quit his band after the “On the road again tour”, there were many questions raised about his exit, rumors were spreading all around that he had a ego clash with his band mates, but Zayn made it clear that his exit has nothing to do with his band mates, they all were very supportive about his decision, it was just because of to much of stress he left and that’s what he mentioned in a Facebook statement . So, in that same year he decided to go all alone with his production, so he began with launching demo version of “I won’t mind” ,unfortunately this was leaked by his producer Naughty Boy. Malik also worked with grime rappers Krept and Konan, but his material was never released after he parted away from Naughty Boy. As people says that “experience matters” and that exactly what help Malik to get recognition as he had worked with such big names that helped him to gain more urban support.
Nobody Asked For It, But Here’s The Story Of How A Mind Like Mine Turned From A Non-Directioner Into A Hardcore ZAYN Fanatic
I will gladly be the first to tell people that I was never a fan of One Direction. I just… didn’t understand the hype. What was so great about them? Their songs were incredibly generic and they all sounded the same. There really was no good reason for them to be as big as they were. It was all thanks to their determined fan army of 12 year old girls. Seriously, whose idea was it to give little girls access to music services? And, more importantly, how did they get so much power in determining what would be popular? It’s basically the same painful instance that brought Justin Bieber to stardom. They think “Ooh, this guy is somewhat attractive. His music must be good.” And that’s the story of One Direction, but instead of one guy, it’s five. Sure, I can admit that I don’t hate Liam Payne’s face, but I wouldn’t go as far as to claim that someone’s music is extraordinary because I would like to possibly touch faces with them. Don’t get me wrong, I completely acknowledge their vocal skills, I just find them to be quite underwhelming. I’m sure we all remember the day when ZAYN announced his official departure from the group, and the fan girls of Twitter and Instagram flooded your feed with their cries and complaints. All my friends and I just sat back and laughed at how something that honestly wasn’t a big deal, was able to upset an entire group of people. I thought that this hopefully meant that we wouldn’t have anymore One Direction music shoved into our faces every 5 minutes. Well, it didn’t happen. They decided to release one more album following ZAYN’s exit with lead single “Drag Me Down,” that I admittedly, didn’t hate, but still failed to truly captivate me. After another forgettable release from the British boys, they officially went on hiatus, and we didn’t hear much from any of them until ZAYN’s official solo release. Again, I wasn’t expecting much from him. I wasn’t even a fan… but then all of that changed.
After gaining fame in a boy band, ZAYN decided it was time to separate from the band so he could be who he wanted to be. Mind of Mine was ZAYN’s debut album as a solo artist and is a statement to the world that he can be a solo act and is not just a pretty face in a boyband. The album allowed ZAYN to be able to express himself musically due to the fact the music and sound he wanted to go for was not necessarily a boy band style. The album goes on to talk about things ranging from sex, moving on as a solo artist, and even love and relationships.
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Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik (/ˈmælɪk/, Urdu: زین جواد ملک; born 12 January 1993), recording mononymously as Zayn, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Malik auditioned as a solo contestant for the British music competition The X Factor in 2010. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would become known as One Direction. Malik left the group in March 2015 and subsequently signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records.
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