It’s about to go down
After months of waiting for something from Zayn, there’s finally a new single from the former One Direction member.
“Let Me” is the sequel song to “Dusk Till Dawn,” another single that Zayn released in September of last year with Sia. Unlike “Dusk Till Dawn,” “Let Me” is more of what came from Zayn’s first album “Mind of Mine. It’s less of a production and more of just a chill and sensual R&B song.
Zayn’s vocals on “Let Me” are just overall better than what was featured on “Dusk Till Dawn.” “Dusk Till Dawn” isn’t a bad song, it’s just a lot of Sia. On this song, Zayn’s vocals feel more like him and help to carry the overall feeling to the song. Zayn on less production is the best. That is when he sounds the best and can really show off what he is bringing to the table.
The video follows Zayn under control of a Mafia leader. As the video follows Zayn doing tasks for the mafia, the love between Zayn and the leader’s girlfriend starts to become more featured due to sexual tension. The video is extremely well produced. The video tells a captivating story that keeps you invested. You don’t need to have seen the video for “Dusk Till Dawn” to enjoy or understand what is going on in the story. The music video ending with “To Be Continued” on the screen. It appears that Zayn is looking to continue to have the music video linked together to tell a story. If that is the case, then Zayn’s album would likely be very similar to that.
No album release date has been said by Zayn. It’s time to start playing the waiting game for more music from Zayn.
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It’s time to reminisce about what is arguably the biggest boy band of the 2010s. It’s time to countdown the top 5ive songs from One Direction.
Formed on the 2010 season of the British version of “The X Factor,” the foursome that was a fivesome literally shook the music scene during their first six years before they took a well deserve hiatus. So let’s get started!
5. “Best Song Ever”
This song signaled a change in style for 1D. They slowly to transition to a more mature sound. They moved away from “Bubblegum pop” like their first two albums and their new sound was mature and kind of retro using different band influences to create a new song that really wasn’t on the radio. “Best Song Ever” was probably the last truly “bubblegum pop” song that the did and was the best way to get their fans and the mainstream radio into their sound. Oh, this was the song also started the “One Direction ripped of insert classic song.”
4. “Little Things”
Written by Ed Sheeran, “Little Things” was the first ballad to showcase what they could do as a ground on slow numbers. It’s a love song about loving every little thing about a person. Every guy has a part and it’s truly the best. It’s a simple song that will make anyone’s heart melt. It was a perfectly crafted pop ballad. Luckily, it wouldn’t be the last.
3. “Drag Me Down”
Their first song without Zayn in the group and they pretty much proved that they really didn’t need him. Zayn leaving actually proved to let Niall and Louis voice be more prominent. It also showed that it wasn’t going to change anything about them. “Drag Me Down” was the perfect way to show they were standing strong together and keep what made them a hit that they were. The best part of the song? Niall’s vocals on the chorus.
2. “What Makes You Beautiful”
“What Makes You Beautiful” is such a catchy song. The beat is infectious like a bad case of herpes. Everyone heard it and knew the words to it. It was the song that you couldn’t get out of your head even if you tried. They also started the stereotypical boy bands performing at the beach while looking adorable and attainable. It was the start of panties flying at them. They were young British males that were attractive and could sing. They would be swimming in panties.
1. “Story of My Life”
Probably the most iconic ballad by 1D, “Story of My Life” is the best song that group has released next to “What Makes You Beautiful.” The only reason this song is higher is based on the fact that it was a song that everyone liked. It was a well crafted pop song that you couldn’t help but like, even if you didn’t listen to pop music. “Story of My Life” was a masterpiece.
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It’s time to go into the arena as it’s time for another edition of “Pop Project Versus.” We are going to battle as it’s the Battle of One Direction. That is right, We have the first single from all five original members and now it’s time to see who’s first single will reign supreme in the kingdom of Directioners. Yes, Zayn is in this because he was still in the band.
So here’s how this is going to work. Unlike previous battles, we will doing this in a countdown listing. The singles will be ranked by chart performance in the UK. If there is a tie, then we will go into the US Billboard Hot 100. So let’s rank the One Direction solo singles.
5. “This Town” by Niall Horan
The lowest in the chart of any of the solo singles, Niall’s first song “This Town.” came in on the UK Single Charts at number 9. He’s also the only member not be in the top five, which is sad because it’s a very beautiful song. It could be because it’s not pop like the music in One Direction. It’s more folk pop, which honestly just suits him better than anyone expected.
4. “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne
While Liam’s song is the newest of the solo singles, “Strip That Down” made it to the third spot on the UK Single Charts. Apparently Liam’s promise of full frontal nudity if it goes to number one didn’t help with promotion. It’s the weakest of the single but at the same time, it’s the most catchy besides the single at number one. It also pissed off the directioners, which is why it wasn’t number one. It will be interesting to see what Liam’s album will be like. Click here for my full review of “Strip That Down.”
3. “Just Hold On” by Louis Tomlinson
While I didn’t do a review of “Just Hold On,” I think it’s safe to say that Louis’ single with his friend Steve Aoki totally came out of left field. It was a style that I didn’t think he would take. I figured that Louis would have taken a pop rock route and not the EDM/Dance pop. It’s amazing song either way. So amazing that it made it to number two on the UK Single Charts. It’s an uplifting dance song and who doesn’t love that?
2. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
Now the next to singles were a tie on the UK Single Chart. Harry single was something that we’ve been wanting for months and months. It was something that we knew was coming but wasn’t sure when. “Sign of the Times” was everything we expected out of a Harry Style’s single. It made it to number one on the UK Single Chart and number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s classic soft rock/pop song but it’s not as good as the song at number one. Click here for all of my reviews of Harry Styles’ solo work.
1. “Pillowtalk” by Zayn
The first member to leave the group and make release a solo single “Pillowtalk” leads the way and is the pinnacle of their solo singles. Zayn’s first single was/is everything. It was something that wasn’t expected of him. It said fuck and was about sex, something that One Direction never covered. The chorus got stuck in your head for days. It was so good that it was number one on both the UK Single Chart and US Billboard Hot 100. Zayn is still proving being the best solo act that came out of One Direction. Click here for all of my reviews of Zayn’s solo work.
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It’s time to party because Zayn decided to release a new music video for this song “Still Got Time.” And boy, does it remind me of a party that I’ve seen before. It seemed like it’s a party that can’t stop and it won’t stop. But it’s Zayn’s party, he can do what he wants. Do you get the reference yet?
“Still Got Time” is a very simple video. It’s pretty much Zayn throwing one big party and it’s him just walking the party. In case you couldn’t guess, by opening references, the music video comes across like Zayn is at the party Miley Cyrus threw in “We Can’t Stop.” There’s a lot of smoking, drinking, and just people having a good time. It’s not as weird as the stuff Miley did at her party. In case you don’t remember what Miley’s party was like, here’s a link the video. it was a great time if you were stoned out of your mind.
The video itself is a very simple one and it surprising works for the video. It’s really fits the songs main theme of which don’t rush things and just enjoy it. Zayn is just enjoying the party and not rushing into anything. They is sexy people around him and he’s just cruising the party. I also think there is hidden easter eggs nods to his friends like the monkey on this shoulder. That could be a nod to Justin Bieber who once had a monkey before Germany confiscated it and he just gave up on it. It’s probably that same monkey. Zayn saved Justin Bieber’s monkey.
The only thing wrong with the video is that it’s too simple. While it works, it leaves you wanting to know more. Like, what was the point of the party? But I’m going to guess that there wasn’t really a point to the party, Zayn just wanted to have some good old fun.
Overall, it’s a very good simple music video that works with the theme of the song well. The only problem with it is that it’s too simple.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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