The One Direction lads are not only busy rehearsing for their forthcoming Where We Are tour, they’re also spending a lot of time in the studio, recording tracks for their fourth album…
And it’s set to be the first of the lads’ albums to have the majority of the creative input directly from the band members, who are of course Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.
All of the singers have been writing tracks for the album, however, it’s been reported today that Zayn is set to rap on the new album, under guidance from his friend and music producer Naughty Boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan…
Zayn and Shahid attended the Asian Power Awards this week, and it’s believed they discussed more about Zayn’s plan to rap while there.
A source close to 1D told The Sun, “Zayn’s loved getting creative and is fast gaining confidence to try out new things musically.
“He even plucked up the courage to try to give rapping a shot.”
The source added, “Everyone has been impressed with the results.”
Stating further that Zayn now feels “comfortable” with where his life is right now – and particularly with his engagement to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards – the insider claimed that he’s rapping about everything that brings him happiness.
The source concluded, “The results sound similar to Drake.”
Hit songstress Emeli Sande has also been working with 1D on tracks for their new album, and of that, and of Naughty Boy’s creative input, the insider said, “The rest of the boys will be joining Zayn soon to record one of the songs he co-wrote with Naughty Boy.
“Emeli has provided the track’s big, catchy chorus.”
Zayn’s band mate Harry has also been working with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder and with Erik Johnan Jens Carlsson, and with the latter, Harry wrote a song for US pop star, Ariana Grande.
It’s believed that song will be included on 1D’s new album.
Are you excited to hear the new album? It sounds like it’s going to be very different to their previous work!
Here’s a reminder of the title track from Midnight Memories…
Best 1D fan art ever!