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Zayn Malik unveils his solo album cover featuring adorable throwback photo

Chloe Best
Chloe BestLifestyle Features Editor
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Zayn Malik has revealed the cover for his debut solo album, and it is really sweet. The PillowTalk singer has opted to use a cute childhood snap for the artwork, which he released during an appearance on US talk show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

The cover shows Zayn as a child, smiling sweetly for a photo with his head resting in his hands. The major clue of who he grew up to be are the distinctive tattoos that cover his forearms and hands.

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Zayn Malik will release his debut solo album in March

Called Mind of Mine, the album will be released on 25 March – one year to the day since Zayn announced his decision to leave One Direction. Zayn also debuted It's You, a song from the album, during his appearance on the US talk show on Wednesday.

The soulful track is believed to be about Zayn's former fiancée Perrie Edwards, who he split from in July. Speaking during a recent interview with Zane Lowe, he described the track as a "centre-piece" from the album, adding: "It's about the break-up of your relationship, clearly."

It comes hot-on-the-heels of the release of Zayn's debut solo single PillowTalk, which went straight to number one in 60 countries when it was released at the end of January.

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Zayn went to number one in 60 countries with his debut single PillowTalk

Zayn also managed to achieve something One Direction are yet to in their five year career; he entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number one, having previously only peaked at number two in the charts with his former bandmates.

PillowTalk has also become only the 25th song ever to debut at number one in the Hot 100, following in the footsteps of Adele's Hello.

Zayn will be especially proud of his success, as he has strayed from One Direction's pop sound for music he says he feels is "cooler" and that he believes in.

"I don't think I could ever go back to being completely normal. I guess that's something I accepted, that this is as normal as it gets for me," Zayn said during an interview on Capital Radio. "I just want to make music that I believe in and music that I stand for."

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