Tuesday 16 July 2019

Battle of the ex-bandmates: Niall Horan and Liam Payne both release new music on same day

Niall Horan with former 1D bandmate Liam Payne. Photo: PA
Niall Horan with former 1D bandmate Liam Payne. Photo: PA
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Niall Horan looks set to clock up a monster hit with the release of his debut solo album, Flicker, which has sent fans into a buying frenzy.

However, while it may have hit the right notes with his legion of fans, his timing is a bit off-tune.

His former One Direction bandmate Liam Payne has released his new single, Bedroom Floor, at exactly the same time.

Payne, who has a baby named Bear with Cheryl Cole, admitted he was "nervous" about the reaction to his second single, but is hoping to replicate Horan's solo success.

Both star are signed to Capitol Records but appeared to have publicly put any rivalry aside, given that Payne previously Tweeted Horan saying: "Proud of how far we've come! Everyone go out and buy his album Friday."

Meanwhile, the Mullingar singer said he was "incredibly proud" of his new album, which was partly inspired by the secret girlfriend he had during his time with the chart-topping boyband.

"It's time, Flicker is out finally. I've spent the last year-and-a-half writing and recording this album. It's something that I've worked really hard on and I'm incredibly proud of it," he said.

"This is the first time I've put my thoughts and emotions on paper and then on to record and it feels really good.


"I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for everything so far."

He later added that he was "feeling the love" from everyone who had listened to his new album.

Horan was one of the first 1D stars to launch a solo career, with the single This Town, last year and he followed it up with the huge hit, Slow Hands, and Too Much To Ask.

He played his first concert without his bandmates at the Olympia Theatre last August, anbd it sold out within minutes.

He will next perform a worldwide tour to promote his album release, with a date in Dublin's 3 Arena on March 12.

That first show sold out within minutes, prompting him to add a second date on March 29.

Horan will also perform dates in venues all over the world including the United States, Canada and South America.

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