Before Harry Styles even dropped his highly anticipated debut solo track "Sign of the Times" on Friday (April 7), the promotion of the single began. Styles sat down with BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw to talk about his new material, during which the radio host also managed to hear a little bit about Styles' experience with his fellow Brit superstars Ed Sheeran and Adele.
While Sheeran and Styles never got the chance to work together in the studio for Divide or for Styles' debut album, Styles told Grimshaw that he still recruited the "Shape of You" singer to get some input for his record.
"I played [Ed] a few songs after the album was finished. I didn't see him for a bit because I was away," Styles said. "He didn't say that he didn't like any but he did like one song that isn't on the album. So I did have a bit of a minute of like hmmm no but…"
As if one Billboard Hot 100-topper isn't enough, Styles also mentioned his love for Adele the interview. And after referring to Adele as amazing, noting that "she leads by example," Styles threw in a little story about what Adele got him for his birthday in 2015. "For my 21st she gave me one of her albums, 21, and said 'I did some pretty cool stuff when I was 21, good luck,'" he recalled, "and I was like, 'geez.'"
Aside from his famous friends, Styles touched on his upcoming solo music -- without giving anything away, of course -- revealing that "Sign of the Times" is the song he's most proud of writing. Even so, he also admitted that it's "nerve-wracking" to release his debut single, because he hasn't played it to audience of more than about 10 people.
But no matter how Styles' peers or fans react to his solo debut, he definitely has one person to give him a little reassurance that he's on the right track. "My Mum liked it, which was handy."