Zayn Malik's debut solo tops charts

Zayn Malik and model Gigi Hadid in his music video for Pillowtalk.
Zayn Malik and model Gigi Hadid in his music video for Pillowtalk.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

LONDON • The debut solo of former One Direction singer Zayn Malik shot straight to the top of the British charts last Friday as the fastest-selling single of this year so far, while David Bowie continued to dominate album sales.

Malik's Pillowtalk notched up combined sales of 112,000 with 4.97 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company. He left One Direction last March after five years with the hugely successful boyband who were first discovered on ITV television talent show The X Factor.

Pillowtalk held off competition from Jonas Blue's Fast Car in second spot while last week's No. 1 song Stitches by Shawn Mendes fell to third place.

Bowie has dominated the British album charts since his death last month and claimed top spot for the fourth week as the Best Of Bowie compilation - originally released in 2002 - replaced his final album Blackstar.

Rihanna's long-awaited eighth studio album Anti came in at No. 7.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2016, with the headline 'Zayn Malik's debut solo tops charts'. Print Edition | Subscribe