Pop music is the musical equivalent of Marmite – some people love it and others cannot stand it. This has been especially true of the various iconic boy bands that we have seen over the years, from the Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Boyz II Men to the modern icons that are BTS and One Direction. Despite the group having taken a hiatus since 2016, they remain one of the most popular musical groups of all time, and that has helped all of the band members in their solo careers as well. As such, Harry Styles is probably the most high-profile of the band’s members, alongside Zayn Malik, and his solo music career has been followed with great interest by fans of One Direction, while has also managed to garner a new fanbase for himself as well.
The 26-year-old, whose debut album Harry Styles was a huge hit, being certified platinum in the USA, Australia and Canada, which meant that it sold over 1 million units in each of those countries, while the lead single ‘Sign of the Times’ topped the charts in the UK and elsewhere. Surprisingly, he has also pursued an acting career, and made his debut in Cristopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk, no less. Thus, it is no surprise that Styles has become one of the most followed young British musicians of recent times. This hype reached even higher levels with the release of his second album, Fine Line, last year. Rolling Stone magazine listed it among its ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ in 2020, while the album itself debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart. ‘Watermelon Sugar’, the fourth single from the album, has almost become an anthem, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as several other charts all over the world.
Styles has rapidly become a youth icon, with his every move followed and discussed on social media. In that respect, it is surprising that he was photographed at a casino in Perth, playing a roulette game, since he has already had an ugly incident along with his One Direction mates a few years ago. Having just turned 18 and therefore being legally allowed to gamble, the group apparently went a little too far while playing roulette and other casino games, losing quite a bit of money. In light of such an incident, it was a surprise to see Styles at a VIP room at the Crown Perth casino. However, it is quite evident that he is fond of gambling, and roulette in particular, and even seems to have a tattoo to that effect, with the words ‘17BLACK’ being inked below his left shoulder. In any case, Styles’ work in fashion has also been pioneering and inspiring. He recently became the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue magazine, while being dressed in a dress, which has prompted a lot of discussion online as well. In terms of new music, there is no concrete news yet, but Styles spoke of his musical influences in a recent interview, where he cited the likes of David Bowie as a huge inspiration. He has also said that his first album was very much a case of him discovering his sound, whereas he was a lot more free for his second album, and was really able to explore and play around with his music. Thus, fans can potentially expect more from his next musical release, whenever it comes, but for now, his second album is still breaking records, making him one of the best paid musicians in the UK, with an estimated net worth of £63 million in 2020 making