The former boy band singer parted ways together with the group in March, proclaiming that he desires to be “a normal 22-year-old who can relax and possess some private break of the spotlight”.
However, Malik recently confirmed that he’s inked a solo handle RCA Records, the identical imprint as Foo Fighters, A$AP Rocky and Miley Cyrus, saying he needs to make “real music”.
On Monday (August 17), Malik retweeted a post that compared the stances of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus on streaming and illegal downloading. The original tweet compared an estimate from Swift (“I think there must be an inherent value put on art”) with one by Cyrus (“I’ve made my money. If not a soul buys my album, cool. It’s fine”), captioning the photos with “The difference is astounding”.
Harris soon took objection about what he considered an attack on Swift, tweeting to Malik in reaction: “You’ve made your cash? Cool…fuck the 99% of musicians who rely on these services to thrive right? Yeah fuck em”.
He then added: “If u do not get what it means whenever a successful artist uses their celebrity to profit every other musician and songwriter in the market… stay out my fuckin mentions pls… While u youngsters are refresh voting teen choice awards there’s some poor fucker within a basement making your own favorite record trying to live Meaning… steer clear of things you don’t understand”.
Malik replied on the messages in a very series of tweets: “ha you recently made an utter fool of yourself mate… you clearly didn’t know very well what I just said either… i really suggest you calm your knickers before them dentures drop out… Oh and I write my very own shit too dickhead”.
While Nicki Minaj and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson did actually take sides with Harris for the issue, favouriting tweets that criticised Malik, Harris soon backtracked around the feud.
“All good, it turned out the quote not you personally mate,” Harris later wrote. “Best of luck, genuinely. You’ve got a great voice”.