by Maxim Daniels
I was surprised this particular band member did happen to be the first to leave. As an adult myself, whenever I hear the name One Direction, the name that first pops in my head is Harry Styles. In my opinion, he is the face of the band, just like JT was of N'SYNC. If one person was going to branch off on their own, most would have thought it would be Harry. This is what makes this particular move by Zayn so brilliant. No matter what he says, he and I both know the real reason behind him being the first to leave the group.
I'm sure you are asking yourself, How does little old Maxim Daniels know why Zayn left One Direction? My answer to you is simple, math. Now you are asking yourself, what does math have to do with Zayne leaving? Trust me, I will explain, and it will take three parts to do so.
The first thing we need to do is understand a little about who Zayn Malik is. As an outsider looking in, I will tell you he is the fourth most popular member of the group. Call me crazy, but this is simply my opinion. Zayn is a twenty-two year old born in Bradford UK. Zayn has been a founding member of One Direction. since it's beginnings back in 2010.
Off the top of my head, the most famous of the boy bands were The Beatles. I'm just kidding! We can't technically call them a boy band because they all played instruments, correct? Some of the more famous boy bands were N'SYNC, Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Color Me Badd, Take That and New Edition. I realize there are several more, just work with me here.
Now I will give you how long each of these boy bands lasted. I'm talking about their peak years, and not when they reunited after breaking apart. I will not be including reunions, because we all know how well that goes over. No one wants to see a bunch of overweight, balding, forty somethings acting like they did when they were a founding member of their particular boy band. Here we go:
N'SYNC - (Seven Years) Of all the boy bands, N'SYNC is the only one who has a clear beginning and end. One of the most popular boy bands in the history of music, they lasted from 1995 to 2002. Thank you N'SYNC for keeping things simple.
NKOTB - (Eleven Years) I'm being extremely generous by giving these guys eleven years. The time frame went from 1984 until 1995, but anyone with a pulse realizes they faded sometime around the early nineties. Nine years would be more of an accurate number. As a child of the eighties, I absolutely hated these guys. They were my first introduction to the boy band, and left a horrible taste. Sorry NKOTB fans.
98 Degrees - (Six Years) This was one boy band I could get on board with. 98 Degrees actually produced some good music, and for some reason, never reminded me of a boy band. They just seemed more masculine than the other boy band. The guys have since reunited, but again, unless you are a die hard fan you might have difficulty knowing how they're doing.
Color Me Badd - (Six Years) Another boy band from the eighties, and another one I couldn't stand. I'm sure there are those who will argue their time was much longer than the six years I gave them. Their peak went from 1987 to 1993, and then after a four year hiatus, they emerged with another album in 1996. I'm still only giving them six years.
Take That - (Six Years) You will be forgiven if you have never heard of Take That. Except for one video that VH1 played over and over, I would be unable to tell you who they were. However, their time lasted from 1990 to 1996. These guys are still together and might be big in some circles, but for me, their peak ended almost ten years ago.
New Edition - (Seven Years) It gets really dicey when coming up with a clear time frame for these guys. Somehow, I managed to break their peak from the years 1983 to 1990. It's hard to say how long they were together, but I'm pretty confident to say seven years were their max.
This is when the simple math comes in. Since One Direction has been together for about five years now, one could assume they have only a couple years of popularity left. What does this mean to Zayn? What it means, is Zayn has given himself a two year head start to re-establish himself as a non-boy band member.
Zayn has a very difficult task ahead of himself, and in Part II of The Zayn Malik Departure, I will dig a little deeper into what I mean by re-establishing himself as a non-boy band member. For now, let me leave you with this one question to think about.
Outside of Justin Timberlake, give me one former boy band member who has established himself as a legitimate star? By legitimate, I mean Justin Timberlake legitimate, or at least mainstream legitimate.