After one direction going 4 directions, March 2016, Styles decided to release his anticipated album Friday, May 12 via his own label Erskine Records. The album consists of ten tracks lasting 40 minutes and 18 seconds.
‘Meet Me In The Hallway’
‘Sign Of The Times’
‘Ever Since New York’
‘From The Dining Table’
A new renovation of himself is what Harry Styles wanted from his new album. The self-titled record was a way for him to rename the iconic persona from One Direction. What started off in a bench overlooking London led to a very important question, Styles asked himself, “what would a solo Harry Styles album sound like?” hindering a plan for an album. Many details changed over the course of the launch date including the title, Which ended up being Harry Styles. Although one word lingered on his mind “honest”. Driving through mid city Los Angeles one day he decided that he wanted to write about his stories, personal stories. The number one thing he wanted was to be openly honest with his fans through his new music, steering away from One Direction’s teen pop and leaning more towards a rock vibration.
Upon Harry’s release of “Sign of the Times,” he spoke to Nick Grimshaw host of BBC Radio 1 about his album. “In the least weird way possible, it’s my favorite album to listen to at the moment,” he said. Styles in total, wrote around 70 songs for the album, most of which were just “little ideas.”
“We did 50 songs and ideas in Jamaica—and that’s including, like, little ideas,” he shared. “Well, full songs—I say there are 30 songs, probably. One of the songs on the album, I wrote a few years ago.”
With his debut album, Styles is the second U.K. male artist to to take spot as No. 1 in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200. He falls behind his former One Direction band-mate, Zayn, who entered at No. 1 with Mind of Mine on the chart dated April 16, 2016 .