Zayn Malik gave his solo television debut performance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,’ debuting a new song, ‘It’s You’ and revealing the cover art for his much-anticipated debut solo album, ‘Mind of Mine.’ The video is going viral and you can see it right here!
Yes, the solo career of the now 23-year-old Zayn Malik is in overdrive and fans are responding. After so many months of lamenting his departure from One Direction and impatience over the new music since he signed a record deal with RCA Records, now, the proverbial floodgates are opening.
Jimmy Fallon introduced the performance as he held up the cover — previously unseen — of Zayn Malik’s new album, ‘Mind of Mine’ (you can see it below). It’s an image of the singer, who now goes by only his first name, as a young child. It’s reminiscent of Little Wayne’s cover for Tha Carter III.
And, as Fallon noted, Zayn’s debut single, ‘Pillow Talk’ has reached No. 1 in 68 countries. Impressive to say the least. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was also quite an achievement for this now solo artist. But helped along with the suggestive lyrics, worthy of a parental advisory, and a sensuous music video starring none other than rumored girlfriend model Gigi Hadid, that was perhaps an inevitability.
But with all the buzz and the fanfare, this was now finally Zayn Malik’s first performance on television, not just in the U.S. but anywhere in the world. After gracing the covers of magazines worldwide from Billboard to L’Uomo Vogue, finally, the solo artist took to the stage as such.
In fact, it was his first time performing alone on stage since X Factor UK in those long-ago days before Simon Cowell assembled One Direction into the five-member boy band that saw him alongside bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles go on to unprecedented global success. In retrospect now that the band is in hiatus, the five years of collective superstardom are quite remarkable considering that they were, after all, a TV talent-show concoction.
But we’re in the present moment now with one who is now arguably one of the hottest new artists on the planet. Immediately #ZaynOnFallon was trending in social media as fans weighted in with the usual cacophony. There’s also buzz over the song because it’s rumored to be about his former fiance, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.
He’s said in numerous interviews that he is now finally being himself. Even way back in his first interview, breaking his silence, he said of the disappointed fans, “It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not the real me.”
And now we’re seeing the real Zayn and the effect has been nothing less than a phenomenon that’s unfolding right before our eyes. You can see the full performance as Zayn Malik debuts ‘It’s You’ on The Tonight Show in the video below!
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