Niall Horan released his new album ‘Heartbreak Weather’ on 13th March 2020 after the build up with singles ‘Nice To Meet Ya’, ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ and ‘No Judgement’, which are included on the album. The singer-songwriter wrote a heartfelt message to fans on his social media accounts, saying he had “been waiting for this day for a long time“.
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In October 2018 I wrote the first song for this record . Both you and I have been waiting for this day for a long time. I had so much fun and a lot of hard moments writing this album and I’m very proud of the record as a body of work. ￼ NOW IT’S YOURS. Dance, laugh, cry, take the lyrics in, do whatever makes you feel it. Thank you for your patience and loyal support as always. I really hope that you love it as much as I love it x PS. Please listen from track one right through to the end, to feel the storyline. Love you all Nialler x
The album went straight to number 1 on the US iTunes album sales chart and received great reviews from critics and fans. It has 14 tracks which tell a story as the album progresses. In an interview with Zach Sang, Horan said that album was about “the start of a relationship, the feelings that you have during the relationship that you might not want, and the back end of the relationship – which is all the sad stuff, and sometimes the egotistical moments as well.”
Horan has also said that ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ was the first song he wrote for the album, which he wrote in 2018 in his home. The song was the second single to be released, gaining 38 million streams on Spotify, and 10 million on the music video on YouTube. In the video, the songwriter plays the piano in a large studio as a ballet dancer moves around the room in a red dress.
Lead single ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ came out in 2019 and currently has 136 million Spotify streams, accompanied by an official music video, an alternate video, and a remix. Third single ‘No Judgement’ came out in February 2020 and already has 34 million streams – the singer also performed a version of the song for the Spotify Sessions, as well as a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’.
Horan is planning his ‘Nice To Meet Ya Tour’, which is set to begin on 20th April 2020 in Nashville and run until December 2020. There are segments in North and South America, Australia, Europe, and the UK. Supporting acts include Lewis Capaldi, Fletcher, and Maisie Peters. This plan may be affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 around the world, but currently there have been no updates on whether the tour will go ahead or not. Find tickets and more information on the official website.
Recently, many singers have been live-streaming performances on Instagram and other platforms as people are in isolation or quarantine. Their goal is to provide unity and reassurance to viewers, as part of the ‘Together, At Home’ sessions set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Niall Horan began his career when he auditioned for The X Factor and was put into the band One Direction, which eventually broke up in 2016. Horan then signed a record deal with Capitol Records and released music as a solo artist. His debut album ‘Flicker’ came out in 2017 and debuted at number 1 in Ireland and the US, charting within the top three in the UK. ‘Heartbreak Weather’ will be his second solo album.