Zayn Malik Scores First Solo U.K. Number One
Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has rocketed to the top of the U.K. singles chart with his debut solo release, “Pillowtalk.” The singer, who quit the boyband last year, knocked Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” off the number one spot after racking up combined sales of 112,000.
“Stitches” slipped to three, behind Jonas Blue’s “Fast Car” collaboration with Dakota3, while Rihanna’s new track “Work” climbed from 13 to four, and Justin Bieber rounds out the new top five with “Love Yourself.” Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums countdown, the late David Bowie replaces himself at the top as his 2002 hits collection, Best of Bowie, booted Blackstar from pole position, making him the first artist to achieve the feat since Michael Jackson following his death in 2009. Blackstar, which was released two days before Bowie lost his battle with cancer on January 10, fell to two, with Sia having to settle for third place with This Is Acting.