Harry Styles dips his multi-talented musical toes into a bubbling hip-hop/Latin-inspired pool with his smoldering cover of “Wild Thoughts” in the BBC Live Lounge. His performance was posted on YouTube on Jan. 16 and has garnered over 300,000 views. DJ Khaled’s original hit collaboration with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked in the U.S. at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Styles glides through the vocals so organically in his rendition, it could easily be his own song.
The “Sign of the Times” singer-songwriter is accompanied by his solo touring band for the cover, which marks a smoky departure from his One Direction pop beginnings and his current art-rock solo leanings. He sings a shortened version of the sensual track which features desire-filled lyrics and emphatic repeats of the chorus, “When I’m with you all I get is wild thoughts/ Wild, wild wild/When I’m with you all I get is wild thoughts/Wild, wild, wild …”
Styles has enjoyed driving his fans and audience members wild, wild, wild, during his sold-out debut solo tour at intimate venues which began last year to support his eponymous debut solo album. His tour continues this year in stadiums around the globe. He was recently nominated alongside his fellow 1D band members Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, as well as former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello for Best Solo Breakout at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. He also collaborated with Grammy-winning producing mogul Jack Antonoff as a co-writer on the lead single “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” from the soundtrack for the upcoming film, “Love, Simon.”
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