Zayn Malik’s debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ goes straight to number one

The ex-One Direction man sold 4,000 copies more than Adele

Zayn Malik‘s solo debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ has entered the UK album charts at number one, having sold 4,000 more copies than it’s nearest rival, Adele‘s ’25’.

Malik left One Direction to pursue a solo career last year, and in last week’s NME cover story cited The Beatles as a major influence on the new record, which also contains a track in Urdu.

Responding to his number one chart entry, Malik told


“I want to thank all the fans and my team at RCA and First Access Entertainment for everything they have done to help me start my journey as a solo artist. It really is the beginning.”

“I can’t believe that I have managed to achieve this as a solo artist. I am very proud coming from Bradford achieving this in my home country. It’s mind-blowing to me. I don’t take the support I have received for granted. My life at 23 could have been very different.”

Malik used last week’s NME interview to reflect on the aftermath of his One Direction departure, saying:

“I’m still probably the closest to Liam. We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single, which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award [the group collected the British Video Award for ‘Drag Me Down’]. It was a good chat. We haven’t met up in a long time so we want to meet up.”

Malik admits though that he hasn’t seen any of his former bandmates since before he left the band. “I tried to have contact but nobody’s reached out. So… whatever.”


He added: “I’ve kept a bit of my sanity, I know how the media works. I think that’s why it came across as being mysterious or detached. I just didn’t want to get caught up in something that wasn’t real.”


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