Artist name: Harry Styles
No. Of Albums: 2
No. Of Singles: 13
No. Of UK number 1s: 1
My favourite album: Fine Line
My top 5 songs (no particular order):
Sign of the times
Most recognisable song: Watermelon Sugar
Song that deserves more recognition: She
Harry Styles first rose to fame in the music industry as part of the boy band One Direction back in 2010. Harry was 16 years old when he auditioned for “The X Factor” as a solo artist, before being placed into the group by Simon Cowell. The group went on to take third place in the competition that year. They then went on to conquer the globe. Back in 2016, the band went on hiatus, and each member of the group has gone on to start their own solo career.
Harry released his first single as a solo artist, “Sign of the Times”, in April 2017 and it shot to number one. This was the first single from his self-titled album, which he released in May of the same year. He released “Sweet Creature” as the second single from his number one album. Harry went on his first solo tour off the back of this album, completing it in two parts. The first part was in the later months of 2017, in more intimate venues, before he moved onto playing arenas in early 2018.
Harry then spent some time writing and recording his second album, “Fine Line”, which was released in December last year. The album peaked at number 3 in the UK charts, as did its first single, “Lights Up”. Harry had planned and sold tickets for a world tour this year, this has had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harry is known for his cheeky personality. Fan made clips from his tours have gone viral for his little quips and laughs with fans. One of the clips I’ve seen most recently was him revealing the gender of a fans baby live on stage. The smile that spread across his face as he interacted with the crowd and watched their reactions lit up the room.
Harry Styles not only was part of one of the biggest bands of all time, but was then able to create a solo career for himself with a distinct sound and emerged as his own person, something many artists have tried and failed to do. It is this, combined with his cheeky personality that makes Harry Styles my artist of the week.