The solo career of Harry Styles


Harry Styles rose to fame in 2010 when he auditioned for the X-Factor at 16 years old. From the X-Factor, Styles was put into a boy band with four other members: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson. The boy band One Direction produced five albums and had four world tours. The band went on hiatus in 2015, leading Styles to explore making music on his own. 

Since then, the British singer has won a Grammy, produced two platinum albums and starred in the Academy Award-winning movie “Dunkirk.” Two years after the band ended, Styles released his first single, “Sign of the Times.” The song hit number four on the Billboard 100 and is certified platinum by the RIAA. Styles then went on to tour his eponymous debut album, selling out venues in seconds.  

Two years later, Styles released his second album, “Fine Line.” Hit songs from the album like “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar” stayed in the billboard charts for sixty-four weeks. Styles was planning on starting his second solo tour, “Love on Tour,” when Covid-19 hit. 

Styles had to postpone his tour until late 2021 and cancel shows outside of the U.S. During December 2020, Styles became the first male to appear solo on the cover of “Vogue.” He used this opportunity to push the boundaries of gender norms, as Styles wore a dress on the cover of “Vogue”.  

Styles’ decision to wear a dress sparked an outrage among political right-leaning figures, and this issue circled the media for weeks. 

“There is no society that can survive without strong men…this is an outright attack. Bring back manly men,” political commentator Candace Owens said.  

Styles also has a knack for acting. Since late 2020, Styles has filmed two movies: “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller, and “My Policeman,” a romantic drama. Styles was also featured in the after credits scene of Marvel’s “Eternals.” He is expected to be in multiple upcoming Marvel movies.  

Styles was finally able to start his postponed second solo tour in September 2021. There were 42 dates, 719,000 tickets were sold and the tour grossed 94.7 million dollars. Styles will begin to tour outside of the U.S starting June 11, 2022.  

With a new tour starting, Styles is beginning to release new music; his lead single for his third solo album came out April 1, 2022. “As It Was,” broke records for being the most-streamed song in a single day in the U.S. The full album, “Harry’s House,” will be released on May 20, 2022.