Zayn just premiered a brand new single and announced the title of the upcoming studio album. This upcoming album will be Zayn’s second solo studio album after splitting from One Direction in March 2015. He acclaimed much reputation as a solo artist in his first studio album ‘Mind of My Own’ released in 2016.
The new album is titled ‘Icarus Falls’ and is expected to release on December 14, 2018. The album is said to have artists such as Timbaland, Murda Beatz, Saltwives and more as producers. So far we have gotten “Let Me,” “Sour Diesel,” “Entertainer,” “Rainberry,” “No Candle No Light” featuring Nicki Minaj, “Fingers” and “Too Much” as promotional song releases from the album.
The new single “Good Years” talks about how Zayn got away from the toxicity of OneDirection. He feels as if he made the correct move to break up from the band so he does not waste his good years shadowed by his teammates.
Listen to “Good Years” by Zayn
Louis Tomlinson, from OneDirection, snapped back at Zayn on Twitter on the day of release of the song.
Proper confused. What a hypocrite!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 6, 2018
However, the main underlying theme of the song is his battle with anxiety as a member of OneDirection. He says that he does not do well under the spotlight in front of thousands of fans. In an interview with Vogue in November 2018, Zayn spoke about what it felt to be a member of the former super boyband;
“We went from theaters to arenas, to stadiums, there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom,” he said. “I guess that kind of progression to any mind – but especially when you’re 17, 18, it kind of effects you a little bit. People take it different ways – especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart.”
Zayn reflects that he hurt people by leaving OneDirection in “Good Years.” They never really got any closure in the fallout. Now everybody is doing so well that they are among the stars. And nobody wants to come down and say ‘sorry.’
Zayn also throws back to the OneDirection days of partying hard-too much drugs and alcohol. They didn’t even know what led to their breakup. This could also be a reference to the much-publicized Twitter feud between Zayn and Louis Tomlinson in 2015.
Let us know what you think about the brand new single by Zayn in the comments below. Excited for the new album ‘Icarus Falls’?
Full Lyrics to “Good Years” by Zayn