ARTICLE BY ERIN KRAUSS, JOURNALISM STUDENT:
Are you as excited for Harry’s new album as I am? If you are a 100% Harry Styles fan (like me), then you probably are counting down the days until May 20th. In case you’re lost about who this man is and why his house is releasing, don’t worry, it will all make sense after I explain it.
Harry Styles was in the band One Direction when he was 16 years old. He auditioned for the X-Factor along with a bunch of other people and Simon Cowell grouped five boys together to make One Direction. These boys, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan released five albums during the time that they were together. One Direction even had movies made about them. The first one was in 2013 called “This Is Us” and one in 2014 called “Where We Are” which focuses on one of their concerts. The band also sold over 6 million albums and all of their albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart.
The boys then went on their own separate ways and are now all solo artists. Styles made a name for himself by releasing his first solo album called Harry Styles in 2017, then his second album in 2019, called Fine Line. In 2019, Fine Line also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart. He recently went on tour this past fall in the US, starting in Las Vegas on September 4th and finishing on November 20th in Los Angeles, California. He had a total of 42 shows and performed in more than 20 different states. Each one of his shows sold out which racked up 95 million dollars.
Now, us “Harries” or Harry Styles fans were blessed with a new song on April 1st, but some people were worried that it was actually going to be an April Fools prank.. He announced that he would be releasing the single on March 28th on Twitter and Instagram by posting a picture of his back, with the caption of “As It Was. April 1.” Fans immediately commented saying that they were not ready. Even @iheartradio said, “STOP IM SHAKING!!!!”. Instagram wasn’t the only platform that people were going crazy on - Tiktok had its fair share of fans uploading conspiracies about the song and even the album. In addition to that, they did their best to try and figure out how many songs we would get and calculate the number of days in between March 28th and April 1st to try to figure out if that meant anything.
“As It Was,” was released, and that’s no joke. The music video was released on April 1st at 12:00 AM for those who live in the UK, but 7:00 PM on March 31st for people who live on the east coast. It is a little under three minutes long and features Harry running in circles, trying to get to a girl dressed in blue. Personally, I love the song. I think it’s very different from what his fans are used to. The music is upbeat and sounds like it would be a happy song but the lyrics are sad and have a lot of meaning behind them. The song even has an emotional beginning when there is a child’s voice saying, “Come on Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you!” Some people suspected that it was one of Olivia Wilde’s children, but he has confirmed that it was the voice of his goddaughter who used to call him before bed each night and one time, he didn’t pick up, so he decided to put in the beginning of the song to see what it would sound like and kept it in because he thought it fit. It adds a fun touch of excitement to the song and always makes fans happy when they hear it. Another emotional lyric occurs a little while later, “Answer the phone/Harry you’re no good alone/Why are you sitting at home on the floor?/What kind of pills are you on?” These lyrics might suggest isolation and loneliness and specifically uses his own name.
The rest of the album will be released on May 20th. I can’t wait for the whole album, which I already know is going to be amazing.