Zayn Malik teases second album as he previews new music on Instagram

Is album number two about to drop?

Zayn Malik has mysteriously released new snippets of music on his Instagram this week, prompting reports that he could be gearing up for the release of his second album.

On Tuesday (February 20), the star posted four separate recordings to his 27 million followers, featuring him singing soulfully over a slow, eerie piano chord progression.

The sound is dark, sparse and blues-y. Most of Malik’s lyrics are unintelligible, but on the second recording he can be heard singing: “She wants somebody to love/ In the right way”.

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And yesterday, Malik posted a further three posts of him melancholically singing and softly playing the guitar.

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The former One Direction has already released two singles set to appear on his second album: ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ with Sia, and ‘Still Got Time’ with rapper PartyNextDoor.

Still no release date has been set for a follow-up to his chart-topping, solo debut album, Mind of Mine (2016).

In 2016, Malik has also collaborated with Taylor Swift on ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Could the star be on the cusp of dropping his second album?