Music streaming service Spotify has reported a 1,900 percent rise in One Direction plays following yesterday’s news that Zayn Malik had left the group.
In what the company is calling a ‘spike of sadness’, the massive rise occurred in the UK between 8pm and 9pm last night, while the One Direction songs the saw the biggest increase in the 3 hours following the announcement were: ‘Moments’, ‘Same Mistakes’, ‘Spaces’, ‘I Wish’ and ‘Gotta Be You’
“One Direction are one of the biggest bands in the world, with over 1.4 billion streams on Spotify,” said Spotify’s Head of Label Relations for Europe, Kevin Brown.
“Looking at One Direction’s streams on Spotify last night, we can clearly see the ‘spike of sadness’ happening around 8pm, when their millions of fans paid tribute to Zayn by listening to One Direction’s music together all over the world.”
Malik’s departure was confirmed yesterday, though rumours about his future were abound after the 22-year-old pulled out of the band’s Asian tour last week (March 19) so he could fly back to the UK to be with his family.
“After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction,” read a released statement. “Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.”
Malik himself added: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”