After signing a recording deal with RCA Records, Zayn Malik stated “life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I’ve been through, especially in the last five years.
He said the record will musically lean towards R&B, but will also have some tunes leaning towards R&B-rock or reggae.
“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’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life.”The Sunday Times
Zayn wrote the song shortly after leaving the group, in collaboration with co-writers Mike and Anthony Hannides.
“Pillowtalk” was made available for digital download in most countries worldwide and it achieved worldwide success by topping the charts in a variety of markets, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of many million units.