Zayn Malik is officially No. 1 in the U.K. and predicted to top the charts in the states as well.
He did it entirely without the help of Naughty Boy, who initially took Zayn under his wing to help mold the ex One Directioner into a solo pop superstar. Somewhere along the way, things went awry between the two when a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type” by Zayn was leaked onto the Internet. Malik suspected Naughty Boy was to blame and cut ties with the famed producer.
@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you .
— zayn (@zaynmalik) July 13, 2015
Cut to March 2016, Zayn drops his new album Mind Of Mine which is officially No. 1 in the U.K. and should match in the states come Sunday. Everyone is thrilled... everyone except Naughty Boy, who threatened to leak Zayn’s original version of "Like I Would."
It all started when Zayn replied to a fan’s question on Twitter, telling them that "Pillowtalk" was the first song he wrote on Mind Of Mine. Naughty Boy ReTweeted the message then tagged Anthony and Michael Hannides, the writers and producers behind "Pillowtalk," in a Tweet response saying "LOL."
credit where credit is due
— Naughty Boy (@NaughtyBoyMusic) March 31, 2016
Naturally, Zayn's fans went in on Naughty Boy, which prompted the response he'd upload the original "Like I Would," but since deleted it.
Meanwhile... Zayn is like: