but judges Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell grouped him with fellow competitors Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson to form a new act for the remainder of the show, the boy band that would become known as One Direction.
He mostly inhabited a silvery, full-bodied tenor, similar to but more sharp and precise than Harry Styles’ smoky warble", asserting that his departure would leave "a void of vocal agility".
Adopting a more alternative R&B music style with his debut studio album Mind of Mine (2016) and its lead single, "Pillowtalk", Malik became the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US with a debut single and debut album.
Malik is the recipient of several accolades, including an American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and MTV Video Music Award.
The promotional tour for Mind of Mind included his second solo appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performances on the Honda Stage at the i Heart Radio Theater and at the 3rd i Heart Radio Music Awards.
Malik announced the second single from the album "Dusk Till Dawn" featuring Sia through his social media. The accompanying music video featured American actress Jemima Kirke and was directed by Marc Webb.