Saturday, April 20, 2024

One Direction Star Zayn Malik Has Vanished from Social Media Since His Flop Album Release 2 Weeks Ago


Where, oh where, is Zayn Malik?

The former One Direction star released his new album, “Icarus Falls.” The 27 track title had no PR or marketing, and was just dumped onto an unsuspecting public.

Since then, “Icarus” has sold 2,400 actual copies, and 16.7K including streaming of all the songs. The album has radio play either. It’s a bust.

Zayn, meantime, has not made a peep on social media since December 14th. That’s 13 days of silence. No Twitter or Instagram, no radio or TV appearances. No Christmas sightings. Is he ok? Does he know the album came out? Indeed, did he want the record to come out? I’m thinking now that RCA just released everything they had to get out of their contract with Zayn. Someone had to pull the trigger, and it was the label.

Meantime, the songwriters whose work appears on the album are trying to rally the troops. Herbie Crichlow, who wrote so many hits for the Backstreet Boys, is waging his own campaign on Twitter. Herbie wrote the album’s best song, “Good Years.” He’d like to have a hit. I’ll bet, but his artist is MIA.

Come back, Zayn! You’ve got to work your album!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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