When it comes to the success of their various solo efforts, Harry Styles has clearly outpaced the other members of One Direction. Speaking candidly to The Telegraph, Louis Tomlinson admitted that the magnitude of Styles’ success in comparison to his own did not sit well with him.
One Direction was formed in 2010 after each member auditioned for the British singing competition “X Factor” as individuals, but Simon Cowell and the other judges put them together as a band. Despite finishing third on the show, the band went on to achieve massive success, performing together until their breakup in 2016.
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me at first,”
Less than a year later, Tomlinson released his first single with Steve Aoki, “Just Hold On.” He had moderate success, reaching No. 2 in the UK and No. 52 in the US. Styles, on the other hand, released his first single “Sign of the Times” in April 2017, which went multi-platinum and reached No. 4 in the US.
“Walls,” Tomlinson’s first solo full-length album, was released in 2020. The album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. Styles’ self-titled debut album was released in May 2017 and went on to become the year’s ninth best-selling album worldwide.
Meanwhile, Styles released his second studio album, “Fine Line,” in 2019, which debuted at No. 1 in the United States and has since been certified triple platinum. The fourth single from the album, “Watermelon Sugar,” debuted at the top of the Billboard chart, becoming his first No. 1 single in the United States.
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