Apr 05, 2016

    Zayn's new album lands at No. 1 in US, Britain


    ONE Direction star Zayn Malik is finding renewed success in his own right, with his solo debut album bagging the No. 1 spot in both the United States and Britain.

    The 23-year-old, who now calls himself Zayn, has gone racier as a solo artist with a sexual image that would have been out of the question for his former boy band.

    His album, Mind Of Mine, sold 157,000 copies or the equivalent in downloads or streaming in its first week in the US, Nielsen Music said on Sunday.

    Zayn is the first British male solo artist to debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard chart with his first album.

    Mind Of Mine also debuted at the top in Britain, where Zayn edged out homegrown star Adele on the Official Albums Chart released on Friday.

    He released his album on March 25, the anniversary of his abrupt and acrimonious departure from One Direction amid a global tour.

    The boy band later released an album without Zayne, before declaring an indefinite hiatus.

    He has gone for a more R&B sound on Mind Of Mine and offers plenty of sexuality.

    The first track, Pillowtalk, is an ode to passionate lovemaking, as he promises in the song to take a partner to "a place that is so pure, so dirty and raw".

    Zayn has said he was unhappy with the artistic constraints of One Direction, which emerged from Britain's The X Factor television show in 2010.

    The band became one of the world's top-selling acts with its squeaky-clean pop songs.