[48], "Pillowtalk" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart,[49] with 112,497 sales and about 4.972 million streams for the week,[50] Its subsequent UK sales were 82,264 copies in its second week,[51] 71,578 copies in the third week,[52] 58,732 copies the fourth week,[53] and 49,604 copies the fifth week. [9] Speaking about his new single with The Sunday Times, Zayn said that "Pillowtalk" was written about sex, which he described as "so pure, so dirty and raw," adding, "everybody has sex, and it’s something people wanna hear about. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, making Malik the first British artist to debut at number one in the US with a debut single. [13][74] The music video finds Zayn navigating a sexual fantasia, with a flower covering a mysterious woman's genitals and female silhouettes ogling each other, the former played by actress Jodie Turner-Smith. It features his rumoured girlfriend, the model Gigi Hadid, who also showed up in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" and Calvin Harris' "How Deep Is Your Love" clips.Zayn revealed the inspiration for the clip during a radio interview with L.A. radio show, Zach Sang and the Gang. "[38], For Stereogum, Tom Breihan called it a "sleek, immaculately constructed piece of moody. Also described as a downtempo electronic, it features a smooth pop-R&B production, and heavy beats. [21], "Pillowtalk" is an R&B slow jam,[13][22] being the genre showcased in form of alternative R&B. Song meanings ©2003-2020 lyricinterpretations.com. "[10][11] The song was inspired about and written shortly before he split from his ex-fiancé, Little Mix's Perrie Edwards. }; [76] They navigate a kaleidoscopic dreamscape,[77] where they make out, make up and cry black tears as Zayn sings. The song has the first line of the second verse of the original song when Zayn says "Pillow talk" and then replaces the rest of the second verse to Wayne's verse. "[37] The Irish Times also chose it as their track of the week, describing it as "slick" and "nouveau R&B (like Miguel) with a blogwave backing. According to music critics, the song represents a change from the mainly pop influences of his previous releases as a boyband member. [54], Overseas, it debuted at number one in Ireland and Australia, where it is the year's first song to enter at the top of the singles chart,[55] and it debuted at number one on the Finland download chart. "Pillow Talk" is an early example of prototypical disco music. It is a deliberate – and understandable – step into a more austere artistic guise. [195] Stwo released a remix of "Pillowtalk" on SoundCloud. [75] Hadid appears swirling around the singer, hypnotises him and eventually provokes technicolour tears. [58], "Pillowtalk" debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100 for the chart issue dated 20 February 2016, becoming the 25th song ever to debut at number one on the chart. [30], Its lyrics discuss the way that love and passion can turn abruptly into recklessness,[31] described by The Guardian as a "theatrical interpretation of intimacy and romance. The song demonstrates Zayn's tenor vocal range, particularly with the chorus. "[32] The Guardian chose "Pillowtalk" as their pick of the week, stating that "against all odds, Zayn Malik’s debut single is shockingly good. "[45] Rolling Stone named "Pillowtalk" one of the 30 best songs of the first half of 2016, writing "Like his AWOL boy band forefathers, Zayn Malik decided to use R&B and sex appeal to launch his post-One Direction. It is a intense, deep look at the fact no real relationship can be without some sort of struggle, yet when you genuinely love someone, you take the bad with the good. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Work, "Zayn Tops Pop Songs Chart With 'Pillowtalk, "Hot 100 Chart Moves: P!nk's 'Just Like Fire' Ignites, Marking Her First Hit Since 2013", "Zayn & Drake Headed for Top 10 Debuts on Hot 100", "Rihanna & Drake's 'Work' Leads Hot 100 for Second Week", "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Debut at No. It’s about the sacrifices, the fight both people must put up. "[42] Joe Lynch of Billboard noted that the song drops "One Direction's MOR pop for the more critically respected PBR&B". [62] Following the release of Mind of Mine, "Pillowtalk" rebounded to number four on the Hot 100. An acoustic version of the track, "Pillowtalk", was released on 3 February 2016. [34], “Pillowtalk” received critical acclaim. [63] It reached the Mainstream Top 40 top spot for the chart issue dated 7 May 2016, surpassing One Direction's number-three peak (with "What Makes You Beautiful" in 2012). [57] As of 20 April 2016, the song has received 330 million streams on Spotify and Shazam. ‘The album's lyrics, many of which are raw, unfocused, love-and-sex pillow talk, are clearly secondary to the music.’ ‘Curtis, her husband, was away at work all day, and at night Nyla looked forward to some cozy pillow talk with him before falling asleep in his arms.’ [12] Subsequently, "Pillowtalk" was made available for digital download in most countries worldwide via the iTunes Store on 29 January 2016. [67] "Pillowtalk" had the fastest airplay gain on radio in its second week, when it gained 64% on the Radio Songs chart with 29 million audience impressions,[61] and had 16.9 million streams that week,[61] followed by 17.4 million streams and 38 million audience impressions in its third week,[62] 46 million audience impressions in the fourth week,[68] and 17.2 million streams[69] and 53 million audience impressions the fifth week. [82] As of September 2020[update], it has received over 1 billion views on YouTube. [6] On 24 January 2016, Zayn revealed the release date and promotional cover-art of the lead single "Pillowtalk" through Twitter. [29] The verses center around the chords of E major and F♯ major, with the vocal melody in the verses being pentatonic. "[39] In Digital Spy, Lewis Corner gave the song four-out-of-five stars, writing "Zayn's clear vocal tone – at its very best on this – along with a big chorus and brain-niggling melody, keeps it sexy and fun without being sordid." [60] "Pillowtalk" replaced Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" at the summit of the Hot 100 for one week, before dropping to number seven the following week,[61] and then rebounding to number six the week after. "[41] Brittany Spanos in Rolling Stone called it a "smooth, sexy pop song. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ This isn’t another simple tune about broken hearts; it’s about love being both a paradise and a warzone. [20], — Zayn in an interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. "[41] Time's Nolan Feeney thought "Zayn seems determined to break with his boy-band image. [7] It is Zayn's debut solo single after he left One Direction in March 2015. After signing a recording deal with RCA Records,[3] Zayn gave several interviews with music magazines, such as The Fader and Billboard, to talk about his debut record. 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Lil Wayne) - Single", Zayn raps on hip-hop remix of 'Pillowtalk' with Lil Wayne, "Zayn Malik Teams With Lil Wayne for 'Pillowtalk' Remix", https://hiphopdx.com/singles/id.33632/title.zayn-drops-pillowtalk-remix-with-lil-wayne-tory-lanez, "Justin Bieber, Zayn and Little Mix will all feature on Now That's What I Call Music! It is about the severe pain that actually loving someone brings. "[32] Zayn uses billowy vocals and buttery voice in the song. "[35] Brennan Carley of Spin praised the lyrics and Zayn's vocals, stating he "demonstrates a mastery on modern R&B within seconds. 93. Pillowtalk Lyrics. It reached 1 billion views on 23rd September, 2020, right after Zayn and Gigi announced the birth of their baby girl. [13] It achieved worldwide success by topping the charts in a variety of markets, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 8 million units according to IFPI. [65], In the United States, "Pillowtalk" sold 267,000 copies in its first week, along with 22.3 million streams, the fourth-largest streaming start ever, opening atop the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs charts;[59] it also debuted at number one on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart, with 12.7 million on-demand streams.

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