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Zayn Malik Is Now The Solo Artist He Always Wanted To Be

Zayn Malik Nme interviewAfter teasing Zayn Malik’s cover story, NME has released the full interview where the singer talks less about being ignored by One Direction and more about his upcoming solo album, “Mind of Mine.”

The “Like I Would” singer opens up about creating his debut album and working with his current producer Malay after his fall out with Naughty Boy. “With Naughty Boy, look, we just didn’t get on. And we’ll leave it at that,” he says about their Twitter feud. He then adds, “Malay is all about the music. He can tell you what the screw is in a microphone that gives it that tinny sound. He’s that kind of guy.”

Zayn wrote all the lyrics himself on the album, something he never could have done while with One Direction.  He told NME “he always knew he’d end up as a solo artist – he auditioned as one, after all – and that being in the studio is what he lives for.”

Being in a boyband catering to teenage fans also put restrictions on the type of music he could make. Once free from that mold, he kicked off his solo career with a steamy video for his first single “Pillow Talk,” featuring his current girlfriend, model Gigi Hadid.  His new album has a unique voice, with influences ranging from The Beatles to local rappers from his home town, and even music from his Pakistani heritage.

If you’re wondering how he manages to blend these different sounds together in a way that makes it all work, Zayn confesses “It helps sometimes with the creative process, if you’re smoking a good weed.”

See photos from the shoot and behind-the-scenes video below.

(Photo credit: 1D_Swiss_Team Twitter account)

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Does Zayn Malik Think One Direction’s Time At The Top Is Over?

Zayn Malik 1In this week’s issue of NME, Zayn Malik chats about his decision to part ways with One Direction and his relationship – or lack thereof – with his former bandmates.

Zayn recalled the day he decided to leave One Direction. “I don’t know how I knew, but I just did, ” he says about realizing it was time to move on.  Since that day, nearly a year ago, he reveals that he’s tried to reach out to his former bandmates “but nobody’s reached out.” However, he does mention how he keeps in touch with Liam Payne. Continue Reading →

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Taylor Swift Will Probably Never, Ever Talk – or Post – About Her Nicki Minaj Feud Again

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in LAIn a new interview with NME, Taylor Swift opens up about her VMA feud with Nicki Minaj for the first time in months…sort of.  In July, Taylor called Nicki out on Twitter for her comments about “women with very slim bodies,” thinking it was a personal attack against her.  The tweets kicked off a tense but brief exchange, with Taylor eventually conceding she was in the wrong and then hugging it out with Nicki.

Taylor hadn’t made any further comments about it and managed to dodge the eventual feud between Nicki and Miley Cyrus. It’s been over a month now and it seemed like most people had moved on. But in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine  interview, Nicki was pretty vocal about still holding a grudge against Miley.

NME asked Taylor about her role in the feud.  “I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. She went on to explain that in the future, we can expect the “Wildest Dreams” singer to keep her comments out of social media.  “I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone’s management, I get their number and I text them. It’s an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015.”

The full article will be available in the print version of the free magazine on October 9th.

(Photo credit: FameFlyNet and NME)

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