March 25, exactly a year after Zayn Malik announced his decision to leave his boy band days behind, is the day his solo album, “Mind of Mine,” will be available to retailers.
Monday morning, March 7, Zayn unveiled the track list for this debut album, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. He simply captioned the image with ‘#MindOfMine 25.3.16’ – the date of the release.
The big reveal was written in alternating caps reminiscent of early-AIM messages where song titles are stylized as “PiLlowT4lK” (already released song “Pillowtalk”) and “iTs YoU” (It’s You).
Entertainment Weekly added that the unconventionally written track list may have been foretold by his stage name, now stylized as “ZAYN,” leaving his last name as a performer in the annals of One Direction history.
See the full track list for the 18-song deluxe edition:
1. MiNd Of MiNdd (intro)
3. iTs YoU
9. rEaR vIeW
10. wRoNg (feat. Kehlani)
11. fOoL fOr YoU
17. LIKE I WOULD
18. SHE DON’T LOVE ME
“Pillowtalk” was released earlier while the song “It’s You” is rumoured to be dedicated to his new girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. Zayn’s solo career is clearly on its way to becoming a success and there were even reports of a Justin Bieber collaboration.
The big album reveal comes just a few days after Zayn also released the teaser of what has been dubbed as the “Perrie Edwards break-up track.”
A 15-second teaser shared on Thursday at midnight sees actress Nicola Peltz, 21, capturing Zayn’s attention from across a crowded room, and the likeness to his last ex is uncanny.
Instead of his current girlfriend Gigi Hadid – who famously starred in the video for Zayn’s debut solo track Pillowtalk – the object of the singer’s affections is platinum beauty Peltz.
Reflecting the album’s title and Malik’s handiwork in creating “Mind of Mine,” the record is expected to fall in line with his R&B influences. In a recent feature with Billboard, Malik cited growing up with influences like R. Kelly and Usher, which will be heard in his music. The R&B vibes are also likely to be reflected in his production team. He’s working with Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE producer James “Malay” Ho.