NEW YORK: One Direction star Zayn Malik is finding renewed success in his own right, with his solo debut album opening at no. 1 in both the United States and Britain.
The 23-year-old, who now simply calls himself Zayn, has gone racier as a solo artist with a sexual image that would have been out of the question for his former boy band.
His album Mind of Mine, sold 157,000 copies or the equivalent in downloads or streaming in its first week in the United States, Nielsen Music said late Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Zayn becomes the first British male solo artist to debut at number one on the benchmark US Billboard chart with his first album.
George Michael went to no. 1 in 1988 with “Faith,” his blockbuster solo debut after disbanding the pop duo Wham!, but he did not do so in his first week.
Mind of Mine also debuted at no. 1 in Britain, where Zayn edged out fellow homegrown star Adele on the Official Albums Chart released last week.
Zayn released the album on March 25, the anniversary of his abrupt and at time acrimonious departure from One Direction amid a global tour.