Zayn released his third studio album Nobody is Listening on Friday, January 15, and contrary to the title, a lot of people tuned in to listen.
The album, which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Philippines’ Top 100 albums chart, sees Zayn leaning into his R&B influences and taking full creative control as he co-writes songs, gets personal in the lyrics, and even designs the album cover art.
Nobody is Listening contains previously released singles “Vibez” and “Better,” with the latter earning over 105 million streams across platforms, and the music video getting a half a million views within the first 10 minutes of release.
Zayn, who rose to fame with the boy band One Direction, has since forged a path of his own in the music scene. His debut solo album Mind of Mine was released in 2016, with its lead single “Pillowtalk” hitting no. 1 in 68 countries around the world and being included in Billboard’s “Songs That Defined the Decade” list.
His follow up album, 2018’s Icarus Falls counted over 5 billion worldwide streams across all platforms in less than a year.
At the same time, he has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Taylor Swift and Sia on singles that have become hits all over the world.
Listen to Nobody is Listening here: