Tomorrow (May 12), One Direction’s Harry Styles releases his eagerly-anticipated debut solo album, which has already spawned the huge hit “Sign of the Times.” He’ll be promoting the record by appearing all next week on The Late Late Show with James Corden, which should some produce some TV gold because Styles is always up for a laugh, and he and Corden get on like, well, two fun-loving Brits living it up in the States. To whet your appetite, here’s a reminder of Styles’ most memorable moments so far.
He really smashed his first solo TV performance on The Graham Norton Show.
Who knew he could sing like this?
During his appearance on the show, he also neatly dodged a question about the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film centered on a young Han Solo.
In a recent interview, he shut down any snobbery surrounding his mainly female, mainly teenage fan base.
“Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say,” Styles told Rolling Stone. “Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like The Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”
He responded super-graciously to his debut solo tour selling out.
I am overwhelmed, thank you. If I don't get to see you this tour, I'll come back around next year if you'll have me. Love, H.
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 5, 2017
He also responded graciously when he was asked about Zayn Malik, his former bandmate, saying that One Direction’s music wasn’t “cool.”
“I think it’s a shame he felt that way, but I never wish anything but luck to anyone doing what they love,” Styles told Rolling Stone. “If you’re not enjoying something and need to do something else, you absolutely should do that.”
He impersonated Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live, and it was quite brilliant.
When they make a Rolling Stones biopic, our money’s on Styles playing the band’s rubber-lipped frontman.
He baked a cake for Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.
He may be a huge star with 30 million Twitter followers, but Styles still acts like a fan-boy when he meets one of his heroes. When Stevie Nicks asked him backstage at Fleetwood Mac’s last London gig, he even made a cake for the occasion. “Piped her name onto it. She loved it. Glad she liked carrot cake,” Styles later recalled.
He’s a veritable GIF generator.
This one shared by BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw is a personal favorite.
on Friday we have 'ARRY STYLES on the show playing us his debut solo album and flicking his hair about from 7am pic.twitter.com/923BeVc8aD
— nick grimshaw (@grimmers) May 8, 2017
He really put the effort in when he made his first solo video.
Styles flies — yes, flies — in his just-released “Sign of the Times” video. The video’s stunt director told Billboard that the singer actually soared more than 1,550 feet up in the air, which is high enough to look down on the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.
When One Direction appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2015, Styles ended up getting a tattoo right there and then, in front of the cameras.
No one could deny he’s a brave guy.
Oh, and he understands that there are few things more adorable than a pop star holding a puppy.
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