Mind Of Mine
January 29, 2016
Zayn Malik, Levi Lennox, Mike Hannides & Anthony Hannides
Make You Know Love
After leaving One Direction on March 25, 2015, Zayn began recording his first solo album. Originally, the album was to be executive produced by Naughty Boy, the two had been writing together throughout 2014. However, the pair fell out in July 2015 and have since cut ties all together. Throughout the remainder of 2015, Zayn began working with a number of producers including Malay and Make You Know Love, who ultimately produced Pillowtalk.
Zayn has talked about the sexual nature of the song's lyrics, stating "Everybody has sex, and it’s something people wanna hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very BIG part of life! And you don’t wanna sweep it under the carpet. It has to be talked about.”
Zayn tweeted a photo of himself shirtless with the text "Zayn. Pillowtalk. 29.01.16" on 23 January, 2016. The Graham Norton Show confirmed Zayn would appear on the show on January 29 to coincide with the release of the single. The music video would air on MTV later that night. Zayn ultimately cancelled his appearance on Norton's show and instead did a one on one interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio instead, where he confirmed his album title.
Pillowtalk was a massive success for Zayn, in the 24 hours after its release, the song went to #1 on iTunes in 60 countries and reached #1 on worldwide charts.