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Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik (, : زین جواد ملک‬‎; born 12 January 1993), recording mononymously as Zayn, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in, West Yorkshire, Malik auditioned as a solo contestant for the British music competition in 2010. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the that would become known as. Malik left the group in March 2015 and subsequently signed a solo recording contract with.

Adopting a more music style with his debut studio album (2016) and its lead single, "", Malik became the first British male artist to debut at number one with a debut single and debut album. Malik is the recipient of several accolades, including an, and.

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Early life

Zain Javadd Malik was born on 12 January 1993 in,, England. His father, Yaser Malik, is, and his mother, Tricia Brannan Malik, is, and of part descent. His mother upon their marriage. He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa.

Malik grew up in, located south of the Bradford city centre. He was raised in a family and neighbourhood. He attended Lower Fields Primary School and in Bradford.Malik has stated that he started taking pride in his appearance after moving schools at the age of twelve, and as a teenager he took performing arts courses and appeared in school productions. He grew up listening to his father's records, primarily,, and. He starting writing when he was at school, and sang on stage for the first time when singer visited his school.Malik also did for two years from the ages of 15 to 17. Prior to his music career, he was originally planning to pursue a career as an English teacher.

Career

2010–2015: The X Factor and One Direction

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One Direction greeting fans in, Sweden, May 2012

In 2010, 17-year-old Malik auditioned in for the seventh series of reality-television competition, but he actually started entertaining five years ago. He sang "" by as his audition song and was accepted into the next round. Upon auditioning for The X Factor, Malik stated that he was "looking for an experience". He was eliminated before the final round of the competition, but judges and grouped him with fellow competitors,, and to form a new act for the remainder of the show, the boy band that would become known as. The group quickly gained popularity in the UK, finished in third place, and were subsequently signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million record contract. They subsequently signed in North America with.

A book licensed by One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story), released in February 2011, topped ' Best Seller list. The same month, the boy band performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK as part of the X Factor Live Tour. The group's debut studio album was released in November 2011. It topped the charts in 16 countries. The lead single, "", was an international commercial success, reaching number one in the and number four in the ; it has since been certified four and six times platinum in the US and Australia, respectively. Subsequent singles, "" and "", became top ten hits in the UK. The band's second studio album,, was released in November 2012. The record sold 540,000 copies in its first week in the US and went to number one in 35 countries. The album's lead single, "", became One Direction's highest peaking song in a number of countries and recorded the highest one-week opening sales figure for a song by a non-US artist at the time.

One Direction's third studio album, 2013's, was a commercial success as well. Its number one debut on Billboard 200 made One Direction the first band in history to have their first three albums all debut atop the Billboard 200. With their fourth album, 2014's, they extended the record to four consecutive number-one albums. As of March 2015, the band has sold 6.49 million albums and 23.7 million singles in the United States. The group has sold more than 50 million records globally.Malik quit the band on 25 March 2015, citing his desire to live as a "normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight", after signing off from the band's for an indefinite period six days prior due to stress. He denied rumors of any rift between the members, explaining that the band had been supportive of the decision. His last public performance in the name of One Direction was on the Road Again Tour in on 18 March 2015 in.

2015–2017: Mind of Mine

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In March 2015, Malik was seen at a London recording studio with producer. Following his departure from One Direction, Malik alluded to the potential of a solo career, with the release of his first solo studio album to be released under the Syco label in 2016. The same month Naughty Boy released on an early demo of Malik's song "I Won't Mind". In June 2015, UK Mic Righteous leaked Malik's "", featuring Mic Righteous and produced by Naughty Boy, a of 's hip hop song.Malik also worked with rappers during this time, but the material was never released after Malik parted ways with Naughty Boy. Though unreleased, his work with Naughty Boy and Krept & Konan helped Malik gain a new urban audience in the UK.

By July 2015 Malik announced he had signed a recording deal with. Later that year, Malik gave several interviews where he talked about his debut solo studio album and revealed part of the track list. Talking with, he stated "life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I've been through, especially in the last five years". In a conversation with, Malik's main collaborator for the album said they have gone to unusual lengths in pursuit of inspiration during recording sessions, for one "we went camping for a week in the – set up a generator and a tent so we could track in the woods." In his first solo on-camera interview with Zane Lowe for 's Beats 1, Malik revealed as the album's title.

The album's lead single, "", was released in January 2016. The song debuted at number one in a number of countries, including the and the US ; on the latter, it became the 25th song to debut at number one, making him the first UK artist to debut at number one on the Hot 100 with a first charted single. The single's performance propelled Zayn to number six on the chart. Worldwide, he had the highest first-day and weekly streams for a debut artist. The album's second official single, "", reached number one on Billboard's chart. The end of February 2016 also saw the releases of the "", which features American rapper, and 's song "", featuring and Malik.

The album was released in March 2016 and includes songs co-written by Malik and a team of professional songwriters, whittled down from 46 tracks he reportedly considered for the album; one of the songs on the album features American R&B singer-songwriter. Primarily and, the album blends elements from a number of genres. Despite the variations in the sounds and genres, Mind of Mine is structured in an "album-as-complete-work" form, maintaining a tightly knit cohesion throughout the record, with an almost seamless transition between and across songs, while maintaining a recognisable, mostly, "" tone throughout. This gives the album a continuous flow, and gives the impression that it all came from one person's "mind." The album has received generally positive reviews from music critics, with praise directed towards Malik's new musical direction, his vocals, and the album's music production.

Mind of Mine debuted at number one in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and United States, where he became the first British male solo artist to debut at number one with his first album. Zayn debuted atop the US earning 157,000 equivalent album units in its first week, with 112,000 coming from pure album sales.Zayn is also the first UK male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US, and the third artist to debut at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with debut entries on each chart (along with and ).Zayn also topped the chart, replacing at the summit, and surpassing One Direction's number-two peak on the chart.

The promotional tour for Mind of Mind included his second solo appearance on, performances on the Honda Stage at the Theater and at the. In July 2016, "Cruel", which features Malik, was released by British production team Snakehips. By the end of 2016, and Malik released a single together called "", for the of the film (2017), which reached number one in Sweden.Malik has reportedly written an autobiography titled Zayn. He found the writing "therapeutic."

2017–present: Second studio album

On 24 March 2017, Malik released the single "" in collaboration with.Malik announced the lead single from the new album "" featuring through his social media. The single was released on 7 September 2017. The accompanying music video featured American actress and was directed by. In April 2018 Malik removed all content from his page and changed his icon on the website. Malik then released a teaser on various social media pages announcing new material coming 12 April 2018, later revealed as a song and video titled "".

Malik had a cameo in the film, which was released on 8 June 2018. On 2 August 2018, Malik released another track for his second solo album titled, "Too Much" featuring.

Fashion career

In 2016 Malik made his debut on 's annual BoF500 index, which profiles the most influential people in fashion. In January 2017, he released a shoe line with Italian footwear designer. The Giuseppe for Zayn capsule collection featured four shoe styles- two boots and two sneakers. In February 2017 the Spring Summer 2017 campaign featuring Malik and model Adwoah Aboah was released. In the same month he co-hosted the / Fashion Fund's Americans in Paris annual cocktail during Paris Fashion Week., the chief designer of, appointed Malik as the creative director for a men and women's capsule collection entitled Zayn x Versus, which was made available in May 2017.

Artistry

Malik cites as his main musical influence, having grown up predominantly with,, and, as well as and. He was influenced by his father's urban records, including,,,,,,, and.Malik originally auditioned to be a solo R&B singer, before becoming part of One Direction. His R&B singing style stood out compared to the band's style; he later cited creative differences as a reason for leaving the band. His solo work leans towards R&B and, and occasionally other genres, such as -R&B ("Like I Would"), hip hop ("" remix where Malik is and rap-singing with Lil Wayne), ("Truth"), reggae ("Do Something Good"), and ("Flower" where he uses Qawwali vocal techniques such as vocal and ).

Voice

Malik possesses a wide vocal range, and is known for his and singing techniques and hitting high notes with his vocals. He was regarded by Jamieson Cox in as the band's strongest singer. Brad Nelson of wrote "He was one of the more accomplished vocalists of the group, exhibiting the widest range. He mostly inhabited a silvery, full-bodied tenor, similar to but more sharp and precise than Harry Styles' smoky warble", asserting that his departure would leave "a void of vocal agility".

Public image

Malik was known as the "Bradford Bad Boy" of One Direction, due to his mischievous behaviour, scandals, many tattoos, art, and rock star hairstyles. Since prior to X-Factor, Malik has been a fan of tattoos, saying that he likes "getting tattoos and that he loves the whole culture behind them." His first tattoo was revealed on his Twitter account. Malik got his maternal grandfather's name inked in : والتر (Walter). Since then, Malik has had several more tattoos. Discussing Malik's possible solo career after leaving the boyband, Billboard editor Joe Lynch described him as "the quiet one in the group [...] never the one to grab the spotlight during interviews. He typically saved his words for the songs, not for media soundbytes."

In Pakistan, Malik is often named in the list of notable. In 2011, he was ranked number 27 on Glamour's "World's Sexiest Men" list. In 2014, Malik was voted 's best dressed male. In 2015, he was voted the "Sexiest Male in Pop" in a poll by British radio network, voted as the "World's Sexiest Asian Man" based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper, voted second place in a poll of the "World's top ten bachelors" by 's, and ranked number six on 's "50 sexiest men alive" list. In 2016, he was ranked number five on Glamour magazine's "100 Sexiest Men" list. As of April 2016, estimates his online following (across,,, and ) to be over 50 million users.Malik's fandom is known as Zquad. In 2016, Malik was voted again as the "World's Sexiest Asian Man" in a worldwide poll by the British newspaper.

Personal life

Malik began dating singer of in early 2012; they got engaged in 2013. On 4 August 2015, Malik's representative announced that the couple had ended their engagement a few weeks prior.

Malik began dating American model in late 2015. Hadid appeared in Zayn's music video for "". They appeared together on the August 2017 cover of.Malik and Hadid are the third couple to appear together on a cover, which courted controversy because of Vogue misnaming them as gender fluid, for which Vogue apologized. They also did a campaign as a couple, with Hadid as the photographer. On 13 March 2018, Hadid and Malik announced their split in separate statements on social media.

Malik is a ; he identifies with the religion, but is generally non-practicing and does not "want to be defined by my religion or my cultural background." He speaks English, Urdu and can read Arabic. He has been the target of slurs, which led to him deleting his account in 2012. During the, Malik posted the message "#FreePalestine" on Twitter, resulting in him receiving angry responses and death threats. He has since avoided publicly expressing political views. He said that, after the release of his debut album, he plans to pursue an academic degree in English or literature (which he originally intended to study before his music career), while at the same time writing his next album.

He is an official ambassador of the charity group, contributing to improving the lives of disadvantaged people living in. With his former group One Direction, he contributed to African fundraising events with. In March 2016, he bought a box at for underprivileged children to watch football, named after his maternal grandfather Walter Brannan.

Discography

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Filmography

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Nominee/work Result Ref. 2015 Outstanding Contribution to Music Zayn Won Fashion Choice Male Hottie Nominated 2016 Best International Male Nominated International Hit of the Year "Pillowtalk" Nominated International Artist of the Year Zayn Nominated Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group Nominated Choice Male Artist Nominated Choice Song: Male Artist Nominated Choice Music: Breakout Artist Won Choice Summer Song "Like I Would" Nominated Choice Summer Male Star Zayn Won Choice Style: Male Nominated Social Media King Nominated Choice Male Hottie Nominated Best Visual Effects "Like I Would" Nominated Best UK Act Zayn Nominated Pop Award Songs "Night Changes" Won New Artist of the Year Zayn Won Best New Solo Artist Won 2017 Favorite Breakout Artist Nominated Favorite Song "Pillowtalk" Nominated British Single of the Year Nominated British Video Nominated Billboard Power 100 Power Artists Zayn Won Best Music Video "Pillowtalk" Nominated Best New Pop Artist Zayn Nominated Best Solo Breakout Won Best British Male Nominated Best Book Nominated Best Collaboration "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
(with ) Nominated Top New Artist Zayn Won Choice Collaboration "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
(with Taylor Swift) Nominated Best Collaboration Won Song of the Year "Pillowtalk" Nominated Pop Award Songs Won Best Look Zayn Won 2018 British Video of the Year "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
(with Taylor Swift) Nominated

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