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Naughty Boy Releases Zayn Malik’s First Song Without One Direction

Mon, March 30, 2015 10:57pm EDT by 21 Comments

We were wondering when we’d hear Zayn’s post-1D music, but we never expected anything to be released this quickly. Naughty Boy, a songwriter and producer who Zayn is now working with, surprised the world by releasing a demo of ‘I Won’t Mind,’ Zayn Malik’s first solo song!

That was fast — and unexpected! We knew that Zayn Malik, 22, was working on some new solo music, but we didn’t expect to hear his first song just one week after he left One Direction. In a late night surprise, on March 30, Naughty Boy, 30, decided to shock the pop world by tweeting out a link to a demo of “I Won’t Mind,” Zayn’s first song since leaving his band!

Naughty Boy & Zayn Malik’s New Song — ‘I Won’t Mind’ Demo Released On Twitter

Naughty Boy tweeted out a Soundcloud link to the demo of Zayn’s song, “I Won’t Mind” on March 30, surprising One Direction fans who weren’t expecting to hear Zayn’s post-1D music so soon! But fans were certainly eager to hear new music from Zayn. Twenty minutes after Naughty Boy tweeted the link, the song had over 200,000 listens and over 2,000 likes.

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The raw demo is reminiscent of a folk song, with Zayn crooning over the mellow strumming of an acoustic guitar. Whether or not the song stays that way remains to be seen. The use of the hashtag #2016 in the song’s Soundcloud description gives hint as to when Zayn’s fans could possibly expect a finished version.

the 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

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The demo post seemed to be Naughty Boy’s retaliation against One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, who got into a Twitter fight with Naughty Boy over a perceived diss. Naughty Boy retweeted a creepy video, which seemed to say that he saved Zayn from being a boy bander and that “Zaughty” would “rise” together with their new music. Is “Zaughty” referring to he and Zayn together?

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After a back and forth between himself and Louis, Naughty Boy tried to end the conversation, saying that Louis should “let the other boys talk for a change.” Not content to leave it at that, Naughty Boy then tweeted the link to Zayn’s demo, and followed it up with one more tweet:

Wow. What do you think of the Zayn’s new song, HollywoodLifers? 

— Jason Brow