Zayn Malik has no plan to be a one-hit solo wonder.
The former One Direction singer is making progress on his sophomore album which, according to a new interview for V MAN magazine, should stir-in elements of pop, R&B, soul and beats and feature some big-name (though secret) guests.
Zayn covers a lot of turf in his cover story, from his battles with anxiety, his connection to religion and working with Donatella Versace. But it’s the Brit’s take on his personal evolution as a songwriter and the direction of his new album which will get fans worked up.
“I feel like my songwriting definitely developed,” he explains, “just because I’ve been doing it so much. I feel like the songs are a bit more organized, where I felt like, before, that Mind of Mine was a brainstorm. That’s why I called it Mind of Mine, because it was ideas that I had that I put out. This one is more thought out. I had more time to process everything and go through it all. It’s an evolution.”
The as-yet untitled set will be the followup to 2016’s Mind of Mine, which hit the summit of both sides of the Atlantic and yielded the global hit “Pillowtalk,” which led the Billboard Hot 100 and the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Each of his former band mates have gone on to launch their own careers, though none are at the stage of discussing their second album.
While the LP doesn’t have a release date yet, Zayn hints his new offering will again pay homage to his ancestry while RCA Records CEO Peter Edge separately revealed it will have a “more optimistic tone.”
The first taste of Zayn’s music seems to confirm that. The pop star dropped its lead single in March, a catchy track “Still Got Time” featuring PartyNextDoor.
In his Q&A, Malik also ponders a sliding doors scenario. Where, at just 24, could he see himself had he not pursued a career in pop? “I think I’d be at university and I would have done my English degree,” he says. “I think I’d be looking for some employment to do with English lecturing or literature. I love poetry and writing—obviously, I’m a songwriter—so, it would’ve been something that would still give me the feeling of a creative outlet within my writing.”
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