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... read moreZayn Malik is best known as one of the founding members of the boy-band-of-a-generation One Direction. He began his solo career in 2015, initially leaving a 1D tour citing stress and a desire for a simpler life out of the spotlight; Malik later revealed that he simply wanted to make music that he...

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Pillowtalk
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Like I Would (The White Panda Remix)
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3:18
Psalm 14:1
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1:14
Ungodless
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2:58
Rise Up (Tropical Version)
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3:31

Biography

Active: 2010s
Country Of origin: England
Member of: One Direction

Zayn Malik is best known as one of the founding members of the boy-band-of-a-generation One Direction. Born Zain Javadd Malik on January 12, 1993 in the working-class town of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, Zayn honed his vocal talents and stage command at a young age. Growing up as a mixed-race Pakistani-English Muslim in a post-industrial British town presented some difficulties, which resulted in a number of primary school changes. His talents were eventually fostered at Tong High School, where he delved into performing arts and stage production, even starring as Danny Zuko in the school's production of Grease. In 2010, he auditioned for The X Factor but was eliminated (along with his future One Direction bandmates, who also auditioned solo). The quintet was later brought back as a group and Simon Cowell dubbed them One Direction. Despite finishing in third place, their popularity exploded and would not slow their trajectory until the very end.

After the show, Cowell immediately signed them to his label, Syco Records, kicking off a craze that hadn't been seen since the turn of the millennium with the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. From 2011 to 2014, One Direction released an album each year, each one more successful than the last. Their fourth album, Four, would turn out to be the last with Zayn. In March 2015, while the band was on the On the Road Again Tour, Malik abruptly parted ways with One Direction a week after his final appearance with the group in Hong Kong. Citing stress and a desire for a simpler life out of the spotlight, Malik later revealed that he simply wanted to make music that he could listen to and enjoy.

Striking out on his own, he signed with RCA Records and moved to Los Angeles, where he began working on his solo effort with Naughty Boy (Beyoncé, Sam Smith). The two soon parted and Malik turned to Frank Ocean collaborator James "Malay" Ho for production help. His debut single, "Pillowtalk," was released in late January 2016, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, and featured a distinctly more adult-themed alt-R&B sound, similar to the Weeknd and Miguel. His full-length debut, Mind of Mine, was released in early 2016 and topped the Billboard 200 chart. Late that year, he returned with the single "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," a collaboration with Taylor Swift and Bleachers' Jack Antonoff that appeared on the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker. He continued collaborating with other artists into 2017, including PartyNextDoor ("Still Got Time") and Sia ("Dusk 'til Dawn"). By 2018, he began promoting his sophomore solo effort with singles such as "Let Me," the Timbaland-assisted "Too Much," and "No Candle No Light" with Nicki Minaj. All three tracks landed on his album Icarus Falls, which arrived in December. ~ Neil Z. Yeung~ Rovi

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