“With the subtlety of a hand grenade, Malik explained that he originally left 1D “to show you who i really am!”, accompanied by the hashtag “#realmusic”. “#REALME“, Malik tweeted later to his 15.1 million followers.
Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Justin Timberlake and A$AP Rocky are among the acts signed to the label, which is part of Sony Music.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed Malik had been dropped from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label, which he was under throughout his time in One Direction. Many have speculated Zayn wasn’t happy with the music he made while with One Direction, so it’s expected that whatever material he releases as a solo artist will have a sound far removed from his past work with the band.
‘I believe they are the ideal label for @ZaynMalik’s solo career and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.
One Direction, as a group, produced chart-topping hits, sold-out concerts, and won several prestigious awards.
But there was one person who was clearly in Zayn Malik’s camp: Simon Cowell.
The two started publicly feuding after a music video that Zayn was featured in leaked on July 13. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.
The jury’s out on whether or not this is actually a dig at One Direction, but it’s reassuring to know Malik’s new album will not be full of “pretend music”. In a statement in March, Malik actually apologized to his fans.
Individually speaking, what Zayn has going for him is a strong, soulful voice.
However, plenty more fans were thrilled and excited to see what Zayn would do next.
Malik wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he “never explained why” he left.
It has also been reported by Billboard that Malik has penned a deal with Turn First Artists, the management company who represent Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and more. ‘Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha!