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Zayn Malik's First Single Pillowtalk Tops Charts

Zayn Malik is enjoying the sweet success of a massive solo hit - his newly-released single Pillowtalk has topped the iTunes charts in 60 countries in less than a day.

The 23-year-old former One Direction star, who now goes simply as "Zayn", dropped his first single on Friday, nearly a year after he left the boy band to pursue his own style of music.

Within minutes PillowTalk was trending worldwide on social media, before shooting to the top of the iTunes charts around the world - including in Australia, the UK and the US.

"Crazy love today :)" Zayn tweeted to fans on Saturday, and later, "Blown away ... Love you all".

He also shared his excitement with model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, who stars with him in the video clip.

"@GiGiHadid you seen the video babe ? Someones Looking," he wrote, to which she replied, "@zaynmalik nah musta missed it ... Jokes.. I wasn't looking at myself, trust me," followed by lots of flames.

Zayn's new album, aptly called Mind of Mine, has no release date but is expected around March.

The singer has promised a more R&B sound from his album working with Producer Malay, most widely known for his work with Frank Ocean.

Fans were also flooding social media with praise for the Brit over the weekend.

US internet sensation Cameron Dallas tweeted, "Just listened to #PillowTalk ... It's [heat emoticons] his voice sounds dope"

@pizzaftyou added: @zaynmalik this albums gonna be the end of me, we only heard PillowTalk and im already dead... #MindOfMine".

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