Wednesday, May 29, 2024

A Sad Ending for Zayn Malik’s New Album: “Nobody is Listening” Indeed, Falls Off iTunes Top 100 After a Week


It was a less than stellar week for Zayn Malik. I feel bad for him. Something is wrong.

The former One Direction singer released a new album last week called “Nobody is Listening.” And no one was. The album peaked at number 22 on iTunes. Tonight, it’s number 119.

“Nobody is Listening” sold about 3,600 downloads and CDs. With streaming, mostly of one single, the total was 14,000. It debuted on the Hits Daily Double weekly chart at number 37.

When Zayn left One Direction there was lot of hoopla. He had a fairly successful solo single and album. He had a massive hit with Taylor Swift, the theme to one of the “50 Shades of Grey” movies.

Zayn could have gone the R&B pop route and done quite well. Instead, his releases were substandard. The videos verged on porn and weren’t workable in the mainstream. His manager dropped him. It’s unclear if he has a manager now.

One Direction has basically produced one star, Harry Styles, a couple of pleasant troubadours, and Zayn. Maybe this failure will convince him to listen to professional advice. Who knows?

Here’s his new video. It’s called, appropriately, “Calamity.”


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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