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
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].”