Zayn Malik is best known as one of the basic members of Boy-band-of-a-generation One Direction. Born Zain Javadd Malik January 12, 1993 in the working class city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, Zayn claimed his vocal talent and stage command at a young age. Growing up as a mixed race Pakistani-English Muslim in a post-industrial British city presented some difficulties, resulting in a number of elementary school changes. His talents were eventually developed at Tong High School, where he participated in performing arts and stage production, even with the lead role of Danny Zuko in the school's production of Grease. In 201
After the show, Cowell immediately signed them to his label, Syco Records, and kicked off a mania that had not been seen since the Turn of the Millennium with Backstreet Boys and * NSYNC. From 2011 to 2014, One Direction launched an album every year, each one more successful than last. Their fourth album, Four, will prove to be the last one with Zayn. In March 2015, while the band was on On the Road Again Tour, Malik participated suddenly in One Direction ways one week after his last appearance with the Hong Kong group. With reference to stress and a desire for a simpler life out of focus, Malik later revealed that he only wanted to make music that he could listen to and enjoy.
Striking on his own, he signed with RCA Records and moved to Los Angeles, where he started working on his solo effort with Naughty Boy (Beyoncé, Sam Smith). The two came soon and Malik turned to Frank Ocean collaborator James "Malay" Ho for production aid. His debut single, "Pillowtalk", was released in late January 2016, debuted at number one on Billboard charts, and featured a clearer adult theme-all-R & B sound, similar to Weeknd and Miguel. His full-length debut, Mind of Mine, was released early in 2016 and peaked the Billboard 200 chart. Later that year he came back with the single "I will not live forever", a collaboration with Tay Anton Swift and Bleachers Jack Antonoff who appeared on the soundtrack of Fifty Shades Darker. ~ Neil Z. Yeung