One Direction: New Zayn Malik album sells ‘just under 2,000 copies’ in first weekend

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March of 2015 saw the beginning of the end of One Direction. During a world tour, the band was struck by a blow as Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the band, forcing the remaining four members of the team to carry on without him. Later that year, the rest of the group disbanded, prompting the beginning of each member’s solo career.

Malik was the first to release a solo album, titled Mind of Mine, and last week saw him drop his third solo album, Nobody is Listening.

The album was announced in September of 2020, and was released last week on January 15, 2021, after the arrival of his second single from the record, Vibez.

Unfortunately for Malik, it seems the album has not sold quite as well as he might have hoped.

According to Showbiz 411, the star’s third album was only sold 1,800 times.

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Considering Malik is a former member of One Direction, these sales numbers are certainly underwhelming.

Last year saw the likes of Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson release new albums, selling over 50,000, and 30,000 records respectively.

The showbiz site continued to include streams of Malik’s album – but the numbers didn’t change too much.

They explained that the streaming numbers for the album bring the number up to 8,000 overall – but this is still a huge blow for the singer.

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It is perhaps even more disappointing as Zayn recently spoke out about how he had “total creative reign” on this album.

He explained in an interview that it was “his most personal project to date”.

Malik received a slew of mixed reviews, ranging from two stars to three-and-a-half stars.

NME claimed the album “has its flaws” but complimented it heavily on being “intimate” and “purposeful”.

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Malik’s former bandmate, Liam Payne, even liked the sound of his new music.

The For You singer recently held an Instagram Q&A where his fans asked if he had heard Malik’s new song, Vibez.

Payne responded: “I did hear Zayn’s new song!”

He then excitedly added: “I know I like what I was feeling at the time.”

Payne also gave some insight into how he enjoyed the star’s music video.

He explained that it looked like Malik had “put a lot of effort into it”.

Zayn Malik’s album, Nobody Is Listening, is out now.

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