In the next 24 hours, Harry Styles will officially become a solo artist.
His self-titled debut is scheduled for release on Friday, May 12th, and needless to say, fans are frothing at the mouth to hear what the former One Direction singer does when given a chance to tell his personal story and explore various musical genres. But where can you listen to the album? And when will it be released?
For starters, Harry Styles is currently available as a pre-order on iTunes, where purchasing it means that you get instant downloads of the previously released singles “Sign of the Times” and “Sweet Creature.” As far as the rest of the album goes, fans will actually receive the iTunes download ahead of its slated Friday release, and instead later this evening at 9 p.m. PST (12 p.m. Eastern).
The album has also reportedly leaked online as of this morning, and can currently be downloaded through illegal channels. For those who wish to play it safe, however, Styles tweeted this morning that the album will also be available tonight on these streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Vevo. Read on to learn how to register for these platforms and the other places you can hear the album.
Apple Music requires an account to stream, which range from $9.99 for an inidividual to $14.99 for a family membership (or six people). Fortunately, for those who don’t wish to pay, Apple Music does offer a free trial of up to three months. To register, however, you do need an iTunes account and a credit card.
You will not be charged during this time, as long as you cancel your subscription before three months are up. You can click here to register.
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify has the option of both free and paid accounts. The latter comes with the additional perks of no commercials between songs, but the former obviously comes with the benefit of not costing any money.
For a free account, one need only a username, a password, and an email address. To log in, click here. You can expect commercials in between the songs on Styles’ album.
This is a totally free option. According to Styles’ personal website, the album’s ten tracks will be uploaded to his Vevo account on YouTube. This enables fans to listen to it at their own discretion and not have to worry about registering or getting into any free trial situations. Click here to go to Harry Styles Vevo.
Currently, you can listen to the live versions of “Ever Since New York” and “Carolina,” which Styles performed on Saturday Night Live and The Today Show, respectively.
Deezer may not be as prominent or as widely known as the aforementioned streaming platforms, but it isn’t all that different. Like Apple Music it does cost to have an account– $9.99 per month– but there is an option to open an account for the sole purpose of a free trial.
The registration requires that you provide age, email, and gender, while also providing a credit card number. As long as it is cancelled within the first 30 days, you will not be charged. Click here to register.
BBC RADIO 1
For those who wish to hear from the singer himself, Styles will be appearing on BBC Radio 1 in the wee hours of the morning on Friday to discuss his new album and premiere his favorite tracks on the radio for the first time. “Our lad @Harry_Styles will be on @R1Breakfast playing us his favorite tracks from his album for the VERY FIRST TIME,” tweeted Radio 1. The episode will air at 7 a.m. BST on Friday, which translates to 11 p.m. MST (Thursday) and 2 a.m. Eastern (Friday).
Check out the tweet below. You can tune into BBC Radio 1 by clicking here. The episode will be available to stream for free 48 hours after its aired.
In an early review of the album, Cleveland.com called Harry Styles “a striking mix of shoe-gaze, artistic indie rock, swaggering Britpop and soulful ballads more akin to Adele than say, Justin Bieber.” Additionally, critic Troy L. Smith calls it “the kind of mind-blowing solo affair you didn’t see coming,” and says that “Harry Styles has arrived.”
Styles has also announced plans to release a documentary titled Harry Styles: Behind the Album on May 15th. It will available to stream only on Apple Music. According to Billboard, the doc will feature clips of Styles recording in the studio, as well as an exclusive interview with various other shenanigans like scuba diving and getting his famous locks cut. Check out the trailer for Behind the Album below.