Barely legal Luke that wants you bad but you feel weird about the age difference/him being so young
(God, you don’t know all the thoughts I had about this, not even sure I’m settling on the right one but omg. Also, it wasn’t supposed to be this long, but I blacked out and this happened.)
You can’t say you’ve known Luke all that long, in fact, as a new catch all on the One Direction road crew, you’ve only known him since roughly the end of May when they opened up at the very first Dublin show. When you first met Luke Hemmings, you were sitting on a huge amp, strumming Dan’s guitar to make sure both were in working order and tuned properly before the initial soundcheck. You were plucking out the opening guitar riffs of Blink’s “All the Small Things”, humming the lyrics to yourself, when you realized it wasn’t just your memory supplying the words.
Your head jerked up, taking in tall, blonde, broad and handsome dressed in a wash-faded Nirvana tee and ripped black jeans. He looked young - younger than you anyway - but he had a good looking face, cute little pink lips accentuated by the black ring through the bottom one.
Before you could say a word, he commented, not blushing but obviously a little anxious, blue eyes darting down to your fingers hovering over the guitar strings, “You should, uh, keep going. That’s pretty cool.”
You grinned and without a word began to play again.
The two of you are fast friends, even after you find out exactly who he is. But of course your jets were cooled pretty quickly when a fellow female crew member sighed and tittered the worst words you’ve ever heard:
The former One Direction member launches on top with his first solo single. Plus, Drake debuts at No. 6 with “Summer Sixteen” and G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha reach the top 10 with “Me, Myself & I.”
“Pillowtalk,” released Jan. 29 on SYCO/RCA Records, is just the 25th song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It’s the first since Adele’s “Hello” arrived at the summit on the Nov. 14 chart.
“Pillowtalk” also opens atop the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs charts, with 267,000 first-week U.S. downloads sold and 22.3 million U.S. streams (the fourth-largest streaming start ever) in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music. It also bows at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (12.7 million on-demand streams), while also boasting 17 million in radio audience.
The sultry “Pillowtalk” is from Zayn’s debut album Mind of Mine, due March 25, the one-year anniversary of his departure from One Direction.
Ten more key facts regarding the Hot 100’s new leader (the 1,051st No. 1 overall dating to the chart’s 1958 launch):
Zayn, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, is the first U.K. artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with a first charted single. He’s the third U.K. act to start at the summit overall, following Adele (“Hello,” 2015) and Elton John (“Candle in the Wind 1997”/“Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” 1997).
“Pillowtalk” marks the first No. 1 debut for an artist’s first Hot 100 hit since Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” (March 2, 2013).
Zayn goes where One Direction hasn’t: to No. 1 on the Hot 100. Before he left the boy band, 1D tallied four top 10s, rising as high as No. 2 with “Best Song Ever” in August 2013. (Without Zayn, the group has landed two more top 10s: “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect,” which reached Nos. 3 and 10, respectively, last year.)
Zayn Go-Go’s where One Direction hasn’t: by reaching No. 2 with 1D and No. 1 as a soloist, he is the first artist in 28 years to peak as high as No. 2 with a group (excluding one-time-only charity acts) and then command the Hot 100 as a solo artist: the Go-Go’s reached a high of No. 2 with “We Got the Beat” in 1982; lead singer Belinda Carlisle then led in 1987 with her own “Heaven Is a Place on Earth."
While the definition of "boy band” leaves room for interpretation, Zayn’s coronation of the Hot 100 places him in elite company. If we consider the Beatles a founding pop music boy band, Zayn is the first one-time member of a Hot 100-charting boy band to score a No. 1 with a debut single on the survey since George Harrison. The Quiet Beatle launched with the four-week No. 1 “My Sweet Lord”/“Isn’t It a Pity” in 1970, following the Fab Four’s split earlier that year.
Other prominent one-time boy band members have crowned the Hot 100 solo, but not with their debut Hot 100 hits. On the list: Bobby Brown (apart from New Edition), Michael Jackson (Jackson 5), Ricky Martin (Menudo), Donny Osmond (the Osmonds), Justin Timberlake (*NSYNC) and, the other three Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Zayn scores his first Hot 100 No. 1 not just as an artist, but also as a writer. He co-wrote “Pillowtalk” with Anthony and Michael Hannides and Levi Lennox.
The SYCO imprint, founded in 2003 by Simon Cowell, scores its second Hot 100 No. 1; its first entry, Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” led for four weeks in 2008. The RCA label notches its first leader since Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” (featuring Bruno Mars), which reigned for 14 weeks and became the year-end Hot 100 No. 1 for 2015 (and a highlight, among many, of last night’s Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show).
Despite their ubiquity in daily (or rather, nightly) life, pillows have never been central to hit songs. “Pillowtalk” brings the word pillow to No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the first time, besting the previous No. 3 peak of Sylvia’s “Pillow Talk,” which reached No. 3 in 1973. Of course, pillows are associated with sleep … aka, getting some zzz’s. Speaking of the letter z…
Zayn is the first artist whose first name starts with a Z ever to top the Hot 100. (Zayn is actually a reworking of his birth name, Zain.) And, with Adele having recently reigned, Billboard editors, please feel free to pencil in (and, ahem, thank me for) this future year-end headline: The Year in Music 2016: From A(dele) to Z(ayn).
When you’ve been working on the album all year it’s all built up to that one moment when you put it out and everyone hears it. You feel vulnerable because you’ve put yourself in to that album all year and it’s just going to come down at that moment. I think we’re a mix of excitement and nervous at the same time to see what everyone thinks.
As we’ve grown, we’ve aimed for the music to grow up with us, hopefully we’ve done that with this album and hopefully our fans will have come on that journey with us. I really want them to love it and feel as proud of it as much as we do.