Zayn Malik releases first solo song 'I Won't Mind' in collaboration with Naughty Boy

The track is surprisingly stripped-down compared to other singles producer by Naughty Boy

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Zayn Malik has released his first solo effort less than a week after he announced his official departure from One Direction.

UK producer Naughty Boy posted the demo "I Won’t Mind" on Soundcloud on 30 March, along with the message: "let the music do the talking. there is nothing but love for what was left behind. thats why we don't mind. ;) #2016 #zaughty #zindabad" [Sic]

The track is surprisingly stripped-down compared to singles like "La La La" featuring Sam Smith and "Lifted" with Emili Sande.

Lyrics include the lines: "We messed around until we found/the one thing we said we could never ever live without/I’m not allowed to talk about it/But I gotta tell you" and "I won’t mind/You know I know you know you/You’ll never be mine".

Reactions on Soundcloud are either from One Direction fans saying they love the song or appealing for Malik to return to the band. On Twitter the mood is the same, with some supporting Malik's effort to make his own music and expressing surprise at how "heartbreaking" the song is, and others expressing their anger for his alleged "abandonment" of his One Direction fans.


While Malik's first effort sounds slightly rushed and unfinished, Naughty Boy's reference to 2016 appears to imply the pair are working on something else for release next year.