Breakout artist of the year: Harry Styles or Niall Horan?
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Breakout artist of the year: Harry Styles or Niall Horan?

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One Direction's Harry Styles and Niall Horan followed their former bandmate Zayn Malik's footsteps to go solo, making them the breakout pop-rock artists of 2017. Niall dropped his debut single "This Town" in the latter part of 2016. His follow-up, "Slow Hands," built up the anticipation for his chart-topping debut album "Flicker." Harry has one up on Niall—his self-titled debut album topped the Billboard 200 in the Spring. Who's your favorite breakout artist of 2017? 🎤🎸

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Harry released his first big hit "Sign of the Times" earlier in 2017. The soft rock smash peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while topping the U.K. Singles Chart. Since then, Harry's dropped another single "Two Ghosts." His acclaimed second single details two people who walk away from their relationship as completely different people. "Two Ghosts" is not only a rock smash but influenced by both country and folk music.

Below are some notable lyrics to Harry's breakout hit "Sign of the Times," per Genius.

🎤Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times. Welcome to the final show. Hope you're wearing your best clothes. You can't bribe the door on your way to the sky. You look pretty good down here. But you ain't really good.🎤

Watch the music video below.

Harry's self-titled debut album topped both the U.K. Albums and Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. Listen to the highly-praised album below via Spotify. 


Niall's "This Town" and "Slow Hands" both peaked within the top 20 on the Hot 100, cementing him as a breakout solo superstar. "Too Much to Ask" is Niall's third single from his new album "Flicker." The highly-praised song details Niall regretting breaking up with his ex, and hoping his ex feels the same exact way.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Slow Hands," per Genius.

🎶Slow, slow hands. Like sweat dripping down our dirty laundry. No, no chance. That I'm leaving here without you on me. I, I know. Yeah, I already know that there ain't no stopping. Your plans and those...slow hands (woo). Slow hands.🎶

Check out the music video below.

Fans are elated that Niall has finally released his debut album a year after "This Town" was released. The album is blowing up the digital charts. Listen to "Flicker" below via Spotify.

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