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Zayn Malik, Pillowtalk, review: 'An x-rated ode to Gigi Hadid'

Sex “has to be talked about”, declared Zayn Malik in a recent interview, and in Pillowtalk, he’s doing just that. The 23-year-old dedicates his debut solo single to the act of getting it on, explicitly so in the chorus. If there was any question over the muse behind this bedroom banger, the star of the video clears that up: Malik’s girlfriend of a few months, supermodel Gigi Hadid.

Pillowtalk is Malik’s debut single as a solo artist. Less than a year ago he left One Direction, the group that brought him fortune and international fame. But his creative spirit, Malik says, was restless: last summer, he went solo, he said to make “real music”, inspired by the R’n’B he grew up on and loves.

He’s been in California and Las Vegas, working with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man and Malay, the producer behind soul singer Frank Ocean’s record Channel Orange.

The full results will be heard in March, when Malik’s album, Mind of Mine, will be released.

For now, Pillowtalk, for all its graphic imagery, complex vocal cuts and deep, sensuous groove, still sounds like something a former boy band member would make.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Malik’s vocals are clear, and billow into a chorus which cries out for stadium floodlight illumination. It’s a perfectly serviceable pop single, and is ready for a dancefloor-filling remix to enhance its big, shimmering bass beat.

Things get a little overworked in the second half of the single, with a noodling guitar solo, piano keys, Phil Collins-style drumbeats and, more pleasingly, the kind of squeaky bleeps Justin Bieber has adopted on his latest album Purpose. The whole thing is smothered in glossy, high-end, LA production.

What stops it from being the smart, soulful song Malik intended are the lyrics, which he wrote himself. From the opening line, “Climb on board”, Malik runs through a litany of clichéd phrases including “paradise and warzone” and “f—— and fighting”. In comparison to the bold and brutal ways the likes of The Weeknd, Ocean and FKA Twigs have all dealt with sex in their music, this romance is decidedly lukewarm.

It is, however, a clear move on from One Direction’s clean-cut image. The band’s lyrics implied sex, suggesting on their most recent album “we can moan in the darkness”. With its flamboyant, catchy chorus, Pillowtalk offers an X-rated version of 1D’s pop - and one which is bound to do just as well in the charts.

★★★☆☆

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Sin

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by TheFAYZ

Zayn Malik has an anger problem.
Liam Payne never talks.
Zayn Malik needs a Pr stunt bad and Liam Payne is willing to help. But after a very unexpected sexual encounter so soon after they meet, they start to question if pretending to be in love will be much too hard, or much too easy. Can the stuttering omega calm the angry alpha’s heart?
(Or, the one where Zayn is quick to anger and gets very attached to Liam, and Liam never talks and only sings in public and gets very attached to Zayn as well)

Words: 22468, Chapters: ½, Language: English



read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/1QpHCdq
Sin

by TheFAYZ

Zayn Malik has an anger problem.
Liam Payne never talks.
Zayn Malik needs a Pr stunt bad and Liam Payne is willing to help. But after a very unexpected sexual encounter so soon after they meet, they start to question if pretending to be in love will be much too hard, or much too easy. Can the stuttering omega calm the angry alpha’s heart?
(Or, the one where Zayn is quick to anger and gets very attached to Liam, and Liam never talks and only sings in public and gets very attached to Zayn as well)

Words: 22468, Chapters: ½, Language: English



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Zayn Malik, Sia Set for U.K. No. 1s

No One Direction, no problem. Zayn Malik’s solo career should get off to a hot start with a No. 1 debut for “Pillowtalk” (RCA) when the new U.K. charts are published this Friday.

Malik’s debut single, released last Friday (Jan. 30), is currently 23,000 combined sales ahead of its closest competitor, Jonas Blue & Dakota’s “Fast Car” (Positiva) at the midway stage of the chart cycle, according to the Official Charts Company.

Zayn Malik Brings ‘Pillowtalk’ to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140

It’s a considerable lead, the OCC notes, and Malik should have no trouble topping the chart. Malik is familiar with life in the penthouse. He scored three No. 1 singles with 1D (“What Makes You Beautiful”, “Little Things,” “One Way Or Another”) before leaving the pop group last year. 

Rihanna’s “Work” (Roc Nation), lifted from the new album Anti and featuring Drake, leaps 13-3 on the Official Singles Chart Update, while Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (EMI) drops 1-4, and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (Def Jam) falls 2-5.

Meanwhile, Sia’s This is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) is the best-selling album at the mid-week stage. The Aussie singer-songwriter’s seventh studio album, a collection of works she wrote for others others but were ultimately rejected, has a lead of 4,000 combined sales over the David Bowie hits set Best Of Bowie (Rhino), which rises 4-2 on the Official Albums Update.

Sia: The Billboard Cover Story

Charlie Puth arrives at No. 3 on the chart update with his debut album Nine Track Mind (Atlantic), while Rihanna’s surprise ANTi release starts at No. 4. Just 210 combined sales separate the two albums, the OCC notes. Bowie’s final studio album Blackstar (Columbia/ISO) completes the top five while Adele’s multi-platinum hit 25 currently sits at No. 6, down from No. 2. 

U.S. metal band Dream Theater and British indie rock band Bloc Party are on track for top 10 debuts with their respective new albums, The Astonishing (at No. 8 via Roadrunner) and Hymns (at No. 10 via BMG).

anonymous asked:

so you still like zayn?

yes