Let’s start with Zayn Malik who made his solo debut January 29th, 2016 with Pillowtalk – a sexy pop no-brainer, and a music video that stars his on again, off again girlfriend Gigi Hadid. According to Billboard.com, Pillowtalk, “raced to the top of the Hot 100 upon release, making him the first U.K. artist to bow at No. 1 with a debut charted single.
Next up is Niall Horan! September 29th, 2016 saw “This Town,” a slow Phillip Phillips like guitar ballad that swept everyone off their feet. It essentially peaked at #20 on the charts, but again according to Billboard.com it was “No. 63 on the Hot 100 — based on just one day of sales and streams — before speeding to No. 25 in its first full week.” Also – he ditched the blonde, like WHAT?!
Time for my personal favourite, Harry Styles! After his solo debut of “Sign of the Times,” it hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in week one! Billboard.com logged 23 million airplay impressions and was the top-selling digital song: 142,000 downloads (per Nielsen Music). He also slayed Saturday Night Live.
Which ex One Direction boy do you think won the solo show off?