Zayn Malik’s First Solo Track Just Outperformed Every 1D Single

'Pillowtalk' has made chart history.

It’s been less than a year since Zayn Malik split from One Direction, and he’s already eclipsing his former bandmates on the charts.

Zayn’s first solo single “Pillowtalk” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week — higher than any One Direction song has ever charted. The closest 1D has come to that top spot was with “Best Song Ever,” which debuted at No. 2 back in 2013 but couldn’t quite topple “Blurred Lines.” More recently, the Zayn-less single “Drag Me Down” made it up to No. 3 in August of last year.

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