As a member of the Irish-British boy band One Direction, Niall Horan already scaled the highest peaks of worldwide success between 2010 and 2015 and even broke several records - including the one for being the first UK act in the history of pop music to place four albums in a row at the top of the US Billboard charts. Shortly after their breakup, Niall Horan succeeded in 2017 as a solo artist between pop, folk and tender rock and rose to become one of the most successful Irish solo artists: His solo debut "Flicker" climbed to the top of the Canadian, Irish and U.S. album charts and placed in the top ten in over 20 countries. After the no less successful second album "Heartbreak Winter" (2020), Niall Horan has now announced his third long player "The Show" for June 9, with which he will then go on a world tour. In March 2024, he will also come to Germany for three shows in Berlin, Munich and Düsseldorf.
Niall Horan, from Mullingar, Ireland, had just turned 18 when he earned his first international gold and platinum records together with former "The X Factor" contestants Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. The occasion was One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful," which went Top Ten in countless countries, including England, the U.S. and Germany. It was the start of a storied career that would become unusually consistent even for the boy band circuit. The total of 17 One Direction singles proved to be as enduringly successful worldwide as the five albums released between 2011 and 2016, and in total One Direction sold more than 80 million records worldwide. The group received dozens of awards during their five active years, including six BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and 28 Teen Choice Awards. After six years and five albums with One Direction, the project has been shut down until further notice so that the members can pursue their own ideas.
Niall Horan's solo sound was clearly different from that of his previous band right from the start: influenced on the one hand by the classic swing sound between Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé - which can be found above all in his unusually casual way of crooning - and on the other hand by classic rock in the style of Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Bon Jovi, Niall Horan showed right from his first releases that he has precise ideas about "his" sound identity. He himself calls it "folk with a strong pop feel," but there's much more: "Unlike the optimistic pop songs that bury devastatingly meaningless lyrics under the sound of the sun, 'Meltdown' maintains a relentless pace that reflects the heightened anxiety and panic Horan sings about," Rolling Stone, for example, wrote about the second, recently released advance single from his third album, "The Show."
"The Show" will be Niall Horan's most personal album to date after the two fantastic and breathtakingly successful albums "Flicker" and "Heartbreak Winter," whose songs bring it to a cumulative number of more than eight billion streams and have been honored with a total of 50 gold and 72 platinum awards: The songs on this record are heartfelt meditations on many intimate subjects, from mental health to the infinite complexity and uncertainty of love. Both musically and lyrically, it's a fascinating standup on how to follow your heart to absolute truth. As he prepares to share his most personal material yet in an extraordinary career, Horan is especially eager to return to the stage - and hit the road for his first world tour since 2018.
Runtime: Mon, 11/03/2024 to Tue, 26/03/2024