Harry Styles’ BBC special finally aired over the weekend. The aptly titled “Harry Styles at the BBC” featured Harry performing some hits for a lively crowd. Aside from his songs “Sign of the Times” and “Carolina,” Harry did a cover of “Girl Crush” by Taylor Swift collaborators Little Big Town. But it was Harry’s performance as a bingo caller at a nursing home that had people talking.
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“Sign of the Times,” Harry’s debut solo single after One Direction, went number one on the U.K. singles chart. It only made it to number four in the U.S., but Harry’s self-titled debut album was top of the charts in the U.S., the U.K. and at least a dozen other countries.
Given his latest achievement with a number-one film, Harry just might be the sign of the times himself.
(Photo credit: Harry Styles Instagram account)
Harry Styles is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to advocating for the LGBTQ community. The singer, who has refused to label his own sexuality, is apparently eager to make his upcoming “Sign of the Times Tour” a safe and friendly space for his fans from under the rainbow. To help him make that happen, Harry’s recruited Muna as an opening act.
The Los Angeles band all identify as queer and make a point of never using gendered pronouns like “he” or “she” in pop love songs. The band members, Naomi McPherson, Katie Gavin and Josette Maskin, also reportedly insist on having gender-neutral bathrooms at shows they play. And the band’s fans love them for it.
The group have also been vocal opponents of President Donald Trump. Muna made headlines after Katie, the group’s lead singer, made some changes to a song for a live performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Harry tweeted his announcement regarding Muna, and the band got a big boost in traffic on its Twitter account. “Oh hi there, world,” the band wrote in a tweet following Harry’s “Nice to meet you.” The group has already started reaching out to Harry’s U.K. fans with its political agenda, as well.
Check out Harry’s tweet and more from Muna below.
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Kygo and Ellie Goulding were in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on Wednesday to not only perform their song “First Time,” but also cover Harry Styles. The duo didn’t seem to want to change any of the “Sign of the Times” musical arrangement, and the lack of power in Ellie’s voice didn’t go unnoticed.
Watch the performances below.
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Harry Styles’ new album is out now. The One Direction singer has been on in full media mode as he dishes on his debut solo release. But it takes more than just one man to launch a pop album at his level, and some of Harry’s team members are speaking out about how they got on board with the project. Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker, who’s worked with Mark Ronson and Kanye West, explained how Harry won him over and what working with him was like.
Harry Styles stopped by “Today” on Tuesday morning to kick off the show’s summer concert series. For the first of the 2017 Citi Concert Series on the morning show, Harry brought out another new track from his up-coming self-titled album. The One Direction singer debuted “Carolina” for a lively crowd in New York.
The song is another entry from Harry’s Britpop/classic rock aesthetic. Complete with jangling guitar and plenty of “la, la, la,” the track is about a “good girl” who has Harry feeling some kind of way.
Harry also pulled out “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York” before getting up close and personal with some fans who drove 11 hours to see him. One fan even had “STYLES” written in permanent marker on her forehead, much to host Matt Lauer’s chagrin.
Harry sat down with host Hoda Kotb to discuss his new album and how personal the project has been. The new album is due out on May 12.
Watch videos from Harry’s performance below.
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