ZAYN (born Zain Javadd Malik; January 12, 1993 in Bradford, England, United Kingdom), also known as Zayn Malik, is an English singer and songwriter and a former member of the boy band One Direction. In 2010, Malik auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction. In March 2015, Malik's representative announced the singer's departure from the band. He signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records the same year, and released his debut studio album Mind of Mine on 25 March 2016. His first single, "PILLOWTALK", was released on 29 January 2016. Within a day of its release, Mind of Mine set an iTunes record, as the first debut album to top the iTunes charts in more than seventy countries.