Niall Ho­ran’s solo al­bum de­but, plus more mu­sic up­dates

The ex-One Direc­tioner’s de­but solo al­bum, Flicker, de­buted at No 1 on the Bill­board 200 and he’s on his first world tour

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On record­ing solo for the first time “The fast-paced na­ture of the life in 1D meant we of­ten had to rush the process,” Niall told Teen Vogue. “For my de­but record I was clear from the start with my la­bel and man­age­ment that I wanted to be able to take my time writ­ing and then prop­erly record the al­bum in the stu­dio with a live band and mu­si­cians.” On be­ing nom­i­nated as best new artist at this month’s Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards Niall joked on Ellen DeGeneres’ show about be­ing nom­i­nated in a new artist cat­e­gory. “I guess in some ways yes, some ways no. I’ve been around for a while.” On Slow Hands be­ing named one of Bill­board’s best songs of 2017 “When we fin­ished writ­ing it we knew we’d writ­ten some­thing good, but it’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict how any song will ac­tu­ally per­form once you let it out to the world. It was so amaz­ing to see it turn into a hit – and get­ting the No 1 ra­dio song in Amer­ica was the cherry on the cake!” On re­unit­ing with 1D “I told my managers from the start: When One Di­rec­tion comes knock­ing, f**k what I’m do­ing. I don’t give a s**t if I sold out are­nas or won Gram­mys. I wouldn’t be do­ing this if it wasn’t for that,” he told Bill­board mag­a­zine.

He’s still close with his ex band­mates and sees Louis Tom­lin­son and his son, Fred­die, all the time. “He lives around the cor­ner from me [in Los An­ge­les].”

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