Do modest and syco think we're stupid? The whole ZAYN leaving thing is bullshit. Like IFwe believe the boys wanna have a haitus and release solo stuff after next year then why would Zayn leave in the first place? The NCA he had means he can't release music for two years so if he had stayed then he'd be allowed to release music quicker. Also what's the point. He could've waited a year. He's waited nearly five years and he couldn't hold on a little longer? Are they even trying anymore
Are they even trying anymore?”
The answer is, yes. All they are trying to do is get every last dime they can out of OT5 (yes including Zayn) and their fans.
In the process, they don’t want to come off as the jilted team that let their biggest money maker walk out the door to their competitors.
I 100% think Zayn leaving was a stunt, but, I do think he had something on 1DHQ that predicated him leaving. I think they decided that he would leave and they would leverage the shit out of it and the ultimate goal was achieved, OTRA promo.
First Part of OTRA:
Zayn was there, but they seeded problems with Perrie. If you’ll notice, most of the asian leg of the tour happened during this time. Zayn is immensely popular in Asia, keeping him for those dates was a smart move. As well ticket sales were humming along, no need to rock the boat.
Middle of OTRA:
Zayn leaves. Abandons the boys. His fans. When Zayn left, the fans rallied around OT4. Lagging Ticket sales jumped. People who werent planning on going to OTRA went anyway. Massive amounts of North American press is generated, yet the boys only had to make TWO LIVE APPEARANCES. Almost everything was done with leaks and social media. Also any dates that were still need ticket boosts? Miraculously for those dates Zayn is Coming Back started trending.
Tail End of OTRA:
The end is nigh narrative starts. Fans needed something else to keep them motivated, and the end of their beloved band will be enough to cash out. I wouldnt be surprised if they squeeze out a couple more “bonus” concert dates, or a live DVD.
Their goal at 1DHQ was to maximize our wallets for the last year that they could, and to be honest as much as we think they are bumbling fools, they’ve done it. They’ve kept us on our toes, and ready to lap up every small offering. The Liam sign reading, the increased social media interaction, the olive branch to Zayn.. anything that keeps us interested and spending money.
I think that New Team will be fine with Old Team slinging some expected mud as the tour ends, as New Team will be able to leverage a dejected, broken OT4, and a train wreck Zayn into a reunion narrative when its convenient.
Expecting it to pan out this way doesn’t make me hate Simon Cowell any less though ;)