Today, Capitol Records/EMI Music Australia recording artist Niall Horan shared “Nice To Meet Ya” – the first single from his forthcoming album – and the accompanying video. A sublime piece of piano-driven pop with a soulful groove and bright hand percussion, “Nice To Meet Ya” provides the perfect backdrop to Horan’s magnetic vocals and playful yet heartfelt lyrics. He co-wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Julian Bunetta (Maroon 5, Jessie Ware), who also produced, Tobias Jesso, Jr. (Florence + the Machine, Adele) and Ruth-Anne Cunningham (John Legend, Pentatonix).
Niall Horan says, “It’s been nearly two years since I released Flicker and I can’t wait to get going again. Writing ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ in particular, was a special one for me. It gave me a chance to experiment musically and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone.”
Originally from Mullingar, Ireland, Horan has sold over 80 million records and toured the globe multiple times as part of the iconic One Direction. With his full-length solo debut Flicker (Capitol Records/EMI Music Australia), heachieved massive global success and widespread critical acclaim. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in October 2017 and soon earned Platinum certification or greater in 18 countries, including the U.S. In addition to surpassing three million in worldwide album sales and nearly 3.5 billion streams worldwide, it topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 61 countries.Flicker included the 2x Platinum single “This Town,” which has amassed over 800 million streams worldwide, and the 3x Platinum “Slow Hands,” which shot straight to No. 1 in 44 countries, reached the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 and surpassed 10 million in adjusted track sales globally with 1.5 billion streams worldwide. Horan’s Flicker World Tour included sold-out dates in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Singapore, Japan, Brazil and Australia
“[Flicker] unveils a never-before-seen personal side of Horan” – Rolling Stone
In April 2018, Niall Horan and his band took a brief break from their world tour to travel to Dublin to record tracks from his debut album ‘Flicker’ with the revered 45-piece RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The recording formed the basis of a one-off TV special, broadcast earlier this year. The music recorded that day is Flicker featuring The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, released today through EMI Music Australia. Download / stream HERE.
Niall said, “Flicker was an album I made that came from the heart and my heart is very much in Ireland. Recording tracks from that album with a 45-piece orchestra was a dream come true and to be able to do it at home with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, one of the best in Europe, if not the world, was really special.”
The nine-track album features eight reworked songs from the multi-platinum selling #1 album “Flicker”, including singles “This Town” and “Too Much To Ask”, plus one other previously unreleased track “So Long”.
Niall explains, “When recording the album, I could never get the production right on ‘So Long’. I played it in tour rehearsals one day and the band joined in with me. We ended up making a new version which sounds amazing live and has been part of our tour set list. I love that we can finally release a version of it now.”
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra performed under conductor Gavin Murphy, who also arranged the orchestral scoring, and was led by Bróna Cahill.
Niall has sold over 70 million records as part of the all-conquering One Direction and has toured the globe numerous times. His debut Platinum single “This Town”, released in 2016, sold more than 6 million track equivalent units globally with the follow up, “Slow Hands”, selling over 8.5 million.
In October 2017, Niall released his debut solo album “Flicker”. On release, the album hit #1 in Ireland and the United States and went to #1 on iTunes in a staggering 61 countries. It has since gone on to sell over 2.5 Million albums worldwide and be streamed over 2.6 Billion times. It has been certified Gold in Australia.
Flicker featuring The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is available to download / stream NOW.