Watch: Niall Horan crushes Julia Michaels 'Issues' cover

Niall Horan delivered a smoldering cover of 2017 breakthrough artist Julia Michaels’ debut single “Issues” during his recent visit to the BBC Live Lounge. The former One Direction member strums the acoustic guitar wearing one of his signature hats. He leans into the lyrical portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship with cutting sincerity and crushes the song.

Horan couldn’t have picked a hotter, more current track to cover, as Julia Michaels is quickly becoming the breakthrough artist “It Girl” of 2017. Before making her solo debut with “Issues,” she co-wrote a long list of Billboard Hot 100 singles including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld.

Michaels made Forbes 30 Under 30 ranking and “Issues” was the best-selling song released by a new artist in 2017. The raw, introspective track peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Horan, meanwhile, is enjoying great success of his own as an emerging solo artist. His recent sultry new single “Slow Hands” made the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 Charts. It peaked at No. 4 in Ireland, No. 8 in Australia, and No. 12 in the U.K.

BBC posted Horan’s Live Lounge performances of “Issues” and “Slow Hands” on YouTube on June 8. Horan expressed his pride in the cover on Twitter. He shared the video and captioned it, “So happy I had the opportunity to give this song a go.”

Watch Niall Horan’s “Issues” cover in the attached video above and his “Slow Hands” Live Lounge performance in the video below. Stay tuned to AXS for Niall Horan updates.