When Harry Styles' first single "Sign of the Times" arrived April 7, he became the third One Direction alum, after Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, to launch his post-boy-band solo career with a debut single -- and fans have taken notice. Here's how each release performed in sales, streams and on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week.
JAN. 29, 2016
"Pillowtalk," the first post-1D solo track from any band member, raced to the top of the Hot 100 upon release, making him the first U.K. artist to bow at No. 1 with a debut charted single.
SEPT. 29, 2016
"This Town" arrived by surprise on a Thursday and debuted at No. 63 on the Hot 100 -- based on just one day of sales and streams -- before speeding to No. 25 in its first full week. (It ultimately peaked at No. 20.)
APRIL 7, 2017
In week one, "Sign of the Times" hit No. 4 on the Hot 100, logged 23 million airplay impressions and was the top-selling digital song: 142,000 downloads (per Nielsen Music).
Editor's Note: Louis Tomlinson's first post-One Direction song, "Just Hold On," is credited to both Tomlinson and Steve Aoki; this story centers on solo singles.
This article originally appeared in the April 29 issue of Billboard.