The future is bright for Zayn Malik, as are the burning bridges in his wake. The ex-One Direction member’s debut solo single, “Pillowtalk,” was No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week. It sold 267,000 downloads — the highest one-week sales total of the year so far — and also became the fastest song by a debut artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify’s global chart. Malik, who Billboard notes is the first artist whose name starts with a “Z” ever to reach the top spot on the chart, also co-wrote the MYKL and Levi Lennox-produced track.
Meanwhile, Malik’s former boy band have never had a song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, only peaking at No. 2 with their 2013 single “Best Song Ever.” That’s gotta sting a bit.