Capitol Records recording artist Niall Horan released his debut solo album “Flicker” on the 20th October. Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, the new material took its inspiration from the music he has favoured since childhood and his contemporaries – artists like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Lumineers and James Bay.
Niall has sold over 70 million records as part of the all conquering One Direction and has toured the globe numerous times. His solo debut Platinum single “This Town,” released in the fall of 2016, has sold more than three million track equivalent units globally. Combined streams now surpass 350 million worldwide. The Los Angeles Times said, “The guitar ballad is a tender, swoon-worthy number” and Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “a wistful tale of young love lost.”
The 23-year-old artist gave fans a second taste of his album with the May 2017 release of the single “Slow Hands,” which went straight to Number One in 44 countries giving Horan his second bona fide hit single as a solo artist as it hit number one on the US radio chart. Line of Best Fit said “He’s shed his squeaky clean onesie and donned a crooner coat, giving us one of the coolest, catchiest choruses of 2017 in the process.” Rolling Stone noted, “Above a stomp-and-clap beat and muted guitar, Horan allows his lower register to showcase his more seductive side on the track” while Entertainment Weekly observed, “…he was channelling the solo work of the Eagles’ Don Henley on this funky follow-up.” “I’ve been listening to a lot of early 80’s stuff lately and been inspired by that heavy bass and the funky guitar sound. It’s another flavour to my album that I’m excited to share,” said Horan when discussing “Slow Hands.”
His debut solo album was finally released on October 20th and debuted at number 1 in the charts in the US, Canada , Ireland, Mexico and also hit the top position on iTunes in over 60 countries. The album has to date sold over 2.2 million copies worldwide and his tracks have been streamed over 2 billion times.
2017 has really been an incredible year for Niall and the cherry on the cake came with him collecting the New Artist Of The Year Award at the American Music Awards.
2018 has been equally as busy for Niall as he embarked on the Flicker World Tour that sees him play to crowds across the world.