Zayn is killing it. No 1 on the billboard charts that 1D never had. I'm happy he is free and smashing it. But sad that 1D couldn't, even with so much potential. Kinda makes Zayn's the-1d-music-is-not-great-and-mine-is argument valid. :(
One Direction the band enjoyed (and continues to enjoy) massive record breaking success completely unparalleled in the industry. Do you think their multi millions care they didn’t have huge chart success? That they made their money through licensing and merchandising? Do you think the label with their billions care?
Chart success is one route to financial success and industry legitimacy, but it’s not the only one, clearly.
Comparing Zayn’s solo career and successes to One Direction is apples and oranges.