Adopting a more alternative R&B music style with his debut studio album, Mind of Mine (2016), and its lead single, “Pillowtalk“, Malik became the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US, with his debut single and debut album. His collaborative singles, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Taylor Swift and “Dusk Till Dawn” featuring Sia, were met with international success. Malik released his second studio album, Icarus Falls, in 2018. His third album, Nobody Is Listening, was released in January 2021.
Malik is the recipient of several accolades, including an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award. He is also the only artist to have won the Billboard Music Award for New Artist of the Year twice, receiving it once as a member of One Direction in 2013 and then again in 2017 as a solo artist.
On 24 March 2017, Malik released the single “Still Got Time”, featuring PartyNextDoor. Malik announced the new single “Dusk Till Dawn”, featuring Sia through his social media. The single was released on 7 September 2017. The accompanying music video featured American actress Jemima Kirke and was directed by Marc Webb. Malik began releasing songs from his upcoming second album before announcing the release date and name of the album.
On 12 April 2018, Malik released the lead from the album titled “Let Me”. The second single, “Entertainer” was released on 23 May 2018. He released the third single from the album “Sour Diesel” on 18 July 2018. On 2 August 2018, Malik released another track for the album titled, “Too Much”, featuring Timbaland. “Fingers” served as the fifth single and was released on 18 October 2018. He and rapper Nicki Minaj released “No Candle No Light” as the sixth single and final official single from the album on 15 November.
On 30 November 2018, he announced his second solo studio album will be titled Icarus Falls and he also released the album’s first promotional single, “Rainberry”. On 6 December 2018, he released the second promotional single, “Good Years”. On 11 December 2018, he released the album’s final promotional and pre-release single, “There You Are”. The album was finally released on 14 December 2018. It contains 27 tracks including six previous singles he has been released, while “Still Got Time” and “Dusk Till Dawn” were only featured on the Japanese edition of the record.
On 28 August The album received generally favourable reviews from music critics, but was not nearly as commercially successful as his previous album, with Icarus Falls peaking at 61 on the US Billboard 200 and 77 on the UK Albums Chart. On 28 August 2020, he re-released the album, including “Still Got Time” and “Dusk Till Dawn”.
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