Artist of the Week
Niall Horan

Week 42 of 2017

Niall Horan

After One Direction announced an indefinite hiatus, Niall Horan released a single called "This Town" in September 2016. Being the next 1D member to embark on his solo career, the Ireland-born star set his status as an acoustic balladeer.

"This Town" peaked at No. 20 on U.S. Billboard 100, followed up by "Slow Hands" which arrived in May 2017. Written by Niall, Alexander Izquierdo, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Ruth Anne Cunningham and Tobias Jesso Jr., the second single performed better, reaching No. 11 of Billboard 100 and No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.

Both songs are going to be included in his upcoming first solo album "Flicker", which will be released on October 20 through Neon Haze Music and Capitol Records. Ahead of the album's release, the 24-year-old singer/songwriter released the third single, "Too Much to Ask", on September 15.

Niall has also embarked on his first headlining concert tour called "Flicker Sessions 2017", which kicked off on August 29 in his homeland of Ireland. Including 20 shows in total, the tour will end November 22 in San Francisco.

Before "Flicker Sessions 2017" wraps up, Niall already announced "Flicker World Tour" in 2018 to promote his upcoming album. Fans' anticipation, particularly in his home country, is so high, that tickets for the show at Dublin's 3Arena on March 12, 2018 sold out in five minutes. He recently added a second Dublin date to the tour, scheduled for Thursday, March 29.

If the ticket sales for the concert tour is any indication, Niall is expected to make his mark on albums chart as a solo artist with "Flicker". But even with the well reception to his solo music from fans, he admitted that he missed his bandmates.

"With 1D, the screaming didn't stop," he told The Sunday Times Culture magazine, comparing his time in One Direction to his current solo performances. "We'd all run around and there was always some explosion going off or prop coming on. Now, I just stand there thanking God for my guitar. When I put that down, I haven't a clue what to do with my hands."


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Niall Horan was actually born Niall James Horan on September 13, 1993 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He was into music from young age and used to perform in school plays and sing in the school choir. During his time as a pupil in Christian Brothers School Colaiste Mhuire, he participated in the institution's talent show, singing The Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", but lost. Persistently performing around his homeland, he subsequently won a local competition with a cover of Chris Brown's "With You" and in 2009 he landed a supporting performance for Lloyd Daniels, the youngest act in "The X Factor" of the year, in Dublin. » more


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