One Direction‘s Niall Horan performed his single ‘This Town’ on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (December 13).
It marks his debut TV performance as a solo artist. He is the second founding One Direction member to perform on Fallon’s stage after Zayn Malik performed ‘It’s You,’ back in February.
‘This Town’ went straight to number one on the Billboard and Twitter Top Tracks and marked Horan’s first-ever number one debut on the Social 50 chart following the single’s release on Sept. 29. The track reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 9 on the UK’s official charts. You can see the performance below.
Earlier this year, Horan spoke about when One Direction could possibly reunite. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Horan said: “For now, in the moment, we are kinda doing our own thing… I’m doing this, Harry’s doing a movie [Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk]… You know, we’re all doing our own bits and pieces.”
Asked when the band could get back together, Horan replied: “Can’t really put a date on it, but it’s not gonna be 50 years away. It’s in the foreseeable [future].”
The latest wave of reunion speculation came after the group’s official website was updated with new merch and a “future events” section.
Asked about the unexpected website update during an interview recently, Horan replied: “I don’t know what happened there, but yeah, for the foreseeable, you know, we’re just taking a break and kind of doing our own thing.”
He then added, perhaps encouragingly for fans: “I definitely won’t rule that out because it’s the best thing… Our lives wouldn’t be the same.”
During the interview, Horan also explained why he decided to surprise-release his new single ‘This Town’ before his debut solo album is finished or even has a title. “I wanted to kind of let people know that I was up to something so they didn’t think I’d just fallen off the face of the earth,” he said. “That’s the only song that’s actually fully finished.”