The British singer and songwriter, Zayn Malik, has turned 28 on January 12. His fans across the world have taken it to social media posting some of his childhood pictures, stills from his music videos, adorable ZiGi moments, and many other thoughtful posts on the occasion of his birthday.
Zayn Malik is one of the most loved singers today. He is a talented artist and his popularity has no bounds. He has always maintained that urban music as his main musical influence that he used to listen from his dad’s collection when he was young. There were many ups and downs in his career but strived through it with his will and talent becoming one of the most popular singers in the world.
There were some rough patches in his career starting with 2010 when the 17-year-old Zayn auditioned in Manchester for the music competition of The X Factor. It was his mother, who forced him to get out of his bed in the morning for the audition. On the morning of the audition, Zayn didn’t want to go, His mother told the BBC. “He chickened out, saying: ‘Can’t I just leave it?'”
Although after participating in the competition he was eliminated before the final round. Later judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger put him and Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne to form a five-piece boy band called One Direction and performed again in The X Factor. Coming in third place, the group ensured a 2 million Euros worth of recording contract under Simon’s Syco Records in 2011.
In 2011 Zayn had made success with his group with their debut album Up All Night, on November 18 in the UK & Ireland. To boost the record, the teen-pop album produced four singles which were- What Makes You Beautiful, Gotta Be You, One Thing, and More than This. The album topped off the charts in sixteen countries, and with 4.5 million copies that were sold, Up All Night became the third highest-selling album of 2012.
Furthermore, to promote the album the band went all around for the Up All Night Tour from December 2011 to July 2012, and this worldwide tour generated over 5 million dollars from 3 legs and 54 stops. Take Me Home, another album released in 2012 had brought them great success. Another hit Midnight Memories released in 2013 by the gang, had the album-titled song, Best Song Ever, You and I, and Story of My Life assisting as its singles. 187,660 copies were sold in just four days, and in only five weeks, the number ascended to a million. In the same year, their documentary ‘This Is Us’ was also released worldwide.
After Zayn got engaged to his then-sweetheart Perrie, One Direction released their fourth studio album, Four, in 2004, and it is the last album before Zayn’s sudden exit in the following year. This album signifies 2 things that were: this was their 4th album and they had completed 4 years together.
In 2015, Zayn and Perrie called their engagement off, and just a few weeks after that, the paps caught him getting cozy with supermodel Gigi Hadid. In the same year, he proclaimed his new recording deal as a single artist with RCA Records.
As a solo artist, Zayn made his debut with Mind of Mine in 2016. His sweetheart, Gigi Hadid, made an appearance on the album’s smooth-pop R&B lead single, Pillowtalk. This album had broken records on iTunes and was leading him to success. In the very same year, Zayn set his vocal on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’, with Tay. The song won them a couple of awards, including the MTV VMAs for Best Collaboration of the Year and the iHeartRadio Titanium Awards.
Tho his singing career isn’t working out well Zayn didn’t lose hope. In 2017, he allied with an Italian famous luxury footwear designer, Giuseppe Zanotti, and released the Giuseppe for Zayn capsule collection.
Zayn released an album of his discography, Icarus Falls, on December 14, 2018, with a prominent producer like Timbaland producing the record. In the very same year, he announced a break from Gigi. He had stunned the fans when he made it official on Twitter, “I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend.”
In 2020, the power couple was back together one more time when paps photographed them out together twice for Z’s birthday.
With this, we can say that Zayn has been through a lot of hardships in his life but he has never given up on his dreams, working hard to achieve his goals and reach the top of the mountain. We wish him a happy birthday and expect great things from this inspirational singer.