Everything To Know About Niall Horan’s Debut Album
Niall Horan will be hitting the iHeartRadio MMVAs for the first time on Sunday, June 18 and we can already hear the screaming. The former One Direction member has stunned with his first two solo singles, but what about a full album?
Horan has kept pretty quiet about when fans expect the debut solo effort from the Irish singer, but we did some digging and have come up with just about everything Niall has let slip in interviews about the upcoming album. Now we’ll just sit here and wait (im)patiently.
He worked with amazing songwriters
Niall put together a dream team of songwriters to hit the studio with for his debut album. Horan teamed up with Greg Kurstin, who’s worked with Kelly Clarkson, Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, and Adele (on a little song called “Hello”—you may have heard it). Horan also hit the studio with singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr., who has also written with Adele, as well as Julian Bunetta, who helped write “Night Changes” and “Steal Your Girl” for One Direction.
Get ready for more of that “This Town” sound
If you’re like us and loved Niall’s debut single “This Town,” you’re in luck. Horan says half of the album sounds similar to the lead single.
He’s trying new things
While half of Horan’s album will be similar to “This Town,” the other half will feature more experimental sounds from the pop singer, something we heard in his sexy single “Slow Hands.”
Shawn Mendes may be featured
While Shawn Mendes and Niall Horan have been pretty hush-hush about the musical side of their friendship, Mendes has confirmed that the two were in the studio together. We’re not sure if and when we’ll get to hear the results of the studio session, but we do know that a Niall/Shawn duet on Horan’s album would be HUGE.
Gona miss the jingle ball tour . Was really good fun. great atmosphere amongst the artists backstage and even better atmosphere in the arena. . It was amazing to perform my song for thousands of you in the cities I went to , thank you for being so nice to me . It did feel like a bit of an anticlimax when the song was finished as I would have loved to have just played the whole album to you but it’s not ready yet . . There’s always next year . . On that note , here’s a picture of @shawnmendes and i being guitar nerds …. cheers to John , Tom and everyone at iheart
The album was born out of boredom
Following the start of One Direction’s hiatus, Niall spent months backpacking through Asia. After returning home, he found himself with time on his hands and not much to do, which inspired him to begin writing music. “I got back from that and I was bored out of my head,” Horan told BBC’s Nick Grimshaw. “I didn’t know what to do. I just started writing songs not for anything in particular and I thought, ‘I like this.'”
The recording is finished
Niall had been waiting months to get into the studio to finish the album and while appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this month, he confirmed that he would be finishing the recording process in May. The album is so close we can already see the little download cloud in our iTunes.