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Harry Styles: Singer Opens Up About Famous Flings, Honest New LP
One Direction's Harry Styles goes deep on love, family and his heartfelt new solo debut in our revealing feature.

January 2016. There’s a bench at the top of Primrose Hill, in London, that looks out over the skyline of the city. If you’d passed by it one winter night, you might have seen him sitting there. A lanky guy in a wool hat, overcoat and jogging pants, hands thrust deep into his pockets. Harry Styles had a lot on his mind. He had spent five years as the buoyant fan favorite in One Direction; now, an uncertain future stretched out in front of him. The band had announced an indefinite hiatus. The white noise of adulation was gone, replaced by the hushed sound of the city below.

The fame visited upon Harry Styles in his years with One D was a special kind of mania. With a self-effacing smile, a hint of darkness and the hair invariably described as “tousled,” he became a canvas onto which millions of fans pitched their hopes and dreams. Hell, when he pulled over to the side of the 101 freeway in L.A. and discreetly threw up, the spot became a fan shrine. It’s said the puke was even sold on eBay like pieces of the Berlin Wall. Paul McCartney has interviewed him. Then there was the unauthorized fan-fiction series featuring a punky, sexed-up version of “Harry Styles.” A billion readers followed his virtual exploits. (“Didn’t read it,” comments the nonfiction Styles, “but I hope he gets more than me.”)

But at the height of One D–mania, Styles took a step back. For many, 2016 was a year of lost musical heroes and a toxic new world order. For Styles, it was a search for a new identity that began on that bench overlooking London. What would a solo Harry Styles sound like? A plan came into focus. A song cycle about women and relationships. Ten songs. More of a rock sound. A bold single-color cover to match the working title: Pink. (He quotes the Clash’s Paul Simonon: “Pink is the only true rock & roll colour.”) Many of the details would change over the coming year – including the title, which would end up as Harry Styles – but one word stuck in his head.

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kixboxer  asked:

for a thing to tell you: the song mickey by toni basil came up on shuffle while i was driving the other day and has been on and off stuck in my head ever since. today i was at work waiting for some data to load and idly thinking mickey was probably 105% homosexual and toni basil just did not see it, but then i had the sudden vision of a line of burly hockey players jumping on the ice chant singing OH YUURI YOU'RE SO FINE YOU'RE SO FINE YOU BLOW MY MIND and i think i reached enlightenment

this is the most beautiful thing i have ever read in my entire life, and i’m so mad that my artistic skill is limited to finger painting, because if i had any animation capabilities whatsoever, i would make this entire music video.  

(but also victor standing outside yuu-topia with a stereo Say Anything-style playing his own recorded version of OH YUURI WHAT A PITY CAN’T YOU UNDERSTAND, YOU TAKE ME BY THE HEART WHEN YOU TAKE ME BY THE HAND)

(also also bring it on au!!!! bring it on au.)

my heart’s a stereo (and this melody is meant for you) by Zayz

Rating: Teen and Up Audiences

Words: 122,276

Chapters: 14/14

Louis Tomlinson, an ex-boybander now stuck in the rut of a comfortable has-been, gets the chance to resuscitate his career when a pop star asks him to write a duet for her highly-anticipated comeback album. Through a chance encounter, he finds a quirky lyricist in Harry Styles, the curly-haired baker and former writer with an above-average sense of rhyme and inexplicable interest in personal questions.

Or: the Music & Lyrics AU that no one asked for, in which Louis is Hugh Grant, and Harry is Drew Barrymore, and the slow burn is (hopefully) worth the wait.

Harry:

Many of the details would change over the coming year – including the title, which would end up as Harry Styles – but one word stuck in his head.

“Honest,” he says, a year later, driving through midcity Los Angeles in a dusty black Range Rover. He’s lived here off and on for the past few years, always returning to London. Styles’ car stereo pumps a mix of country and obscure classic rock. “I didn’t want to write ‘stories,' ” he says. “I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. The number-one thing was I wanted to be honest. I hadn’t done that before.”

bromanceshmomance:

Honestly I’m not sure how people would expect him to write an entire album of strictly gender neutral lyrics about being in a committed 7 year relationship. Not only is that not who he is to the public and I think he truly wants to keep that as private as he can while he’s still closeted (!!!), it would severely limit him in his storytelling

lads-laddylads:

#for whatever reason a lot of you can’t seem to comprehend #how songwriting and storytelling works #and you don’t seem to realize that multiple people wrote each song of this album #therefore contributing their own experiences and perspectives and lyrics #you also don’t seem to understand that harry is IN THE CLOSET #with a boyfriend who is a pretend father in a fake relationship of his own right now

Anyway Larrie has nothing to do with Harry and Louis as people. For Larries they exist only as blank slates to project their fantasies onto, and everything they say and do is immediately ignored, erased, or distorted.