Niall Horan stopped by the TODAY on Thursday morning (Oct. 26) to promote his debut album, Flicker. The Irish One Directioner performed his hit “Slow Hands” off the album — which currently holds the 24th position in the Billboard Hot 100 — as well as his heartbreaking ballad “Too Much To Ask” and the live TV debut of the album’s title track.
“Let’s fill the plaza right up,” the 24-year-old tweeted ahead of his performance. That’s exactly what fans did for Horan, lining up since dawn as they did when he played the TODAY show plaza back in May. “To be right in the middle of New York City and know that thousands have come to watch you , is an incredible feeling and it never gets old,” he tweeted following the show.
After his performance, Horan took time to discuss his album and tour life with the show’s anchors, Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Carson Daly. Lauer reminded Horan that his album is poised to debut as no.1 on the Billboard 200 (which would make him the third One Direction member to reach the milestone, following Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album and Zayn’s Mind of Mine).
“That’s the dream, that’s why we write music and we perform and get up on stage, things like that,” Horan said with a smile. “That would be incredible — we’ve got a little bit of time left to see what happens, but it’s looking good. Fingers crossed.” P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma currently holds the no.1 position.
Watch his interview and performances below.