Earlier today, Niall Horan premiered the official lyric video for ‘Black And White’, the fourth single off his sophomore album, Heartbreak Weather. The video for the sweet love song offers an artsy, DYI feel, with plenty of candid footage of the singer-songwriter.
The ‘Black And White’ video release follows Horan’s rousing acoustic performance of the song this past weekend for Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home broadcast. Horan joined the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga.
“Thank you so much to anyone out there who works in an essential service, whether it be a doctor, a nurse, a grocery store worker, a teacher,” proclaimed the artist during his segment, “You’re doing an unbelievable job”.
Released on 13 March, Heartbreak Weather debuted atop the UK and Irish albums charts and entered the Billboard 200 at No.4. The album came in at No. 1 on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” list, which chronicles the week’s top 10 new albums, while Rolling Stone praised that Horan, “Stretches out on his ace second solo album…Even with a bruised heart, he’s a charmer.”
To-date, Heartbreak Weather has amassed over 500 million streams worldwide, thanks in part to its irresistible singles, including the bouncy ‘No Judgement’, ballad ‘Put A Little Love On Me’ and the rock-tinged ‘Nice To Meet Ya’, which has garnered over 300 million global streams since its release in October.
For his sophomore effort, the former One Direction member drew from a variety of influences, including Bruce Springsteen, Arctic Monkeys and the Weeknd. The album was described in a statement by the artist as, “Nearly a concept album,” spanning a relationship from beginning to end. In a recent interview with British GQ, Horan explained the structure of the songs in the album. “I’ve got the really sad ones that are very ‘poor me’, then there are what I like to call the egotistical ones, because there are nights when you go through a breakup when you just want to go out with your friends and wreck the place”.
Horan was originally scheduled to begin an arena tour this week with Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Horan cancelled all of the dates on his extensive “Nice To Meet Ya” world tour.
In a statement on his website, he wrote, “Not being able to tour for what is effectively most of 2020 just didn’t feel right and I’m so sorry to all you amazing people who bought tickets. I look forward to being able to bring new music and a new tour for all of my fans around the world in 2021. I want to announce new dates soon but I don’t think it’s fair on you guys to do so until the dust has settled and things have gone back to normal.”
Heartbreak Weather is available now and can be bought here.