Niall Horan Releases “Heaven,” The First Single From His Forthcoming New Album, ‘The Show’

“Heaven” marks Horan’s first solo release in nearly three years.


Emma Toth


Posted on February 21, 2023

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Niall Horan; Photo Courtesy of Zackery MIichael

Niall Horan’s The Showhis third solo record and first since the chart topping 2020 record, Heartbreak Weather, – is due on June 9 via Capitol Records.

On Feb. 17 Horan launched the pre-order for the album as well as releasing the first single, “Heaven”. The track was co-written by Horan, John Ryan, Joel Little and Tobias Jesso Jr. during a trip to California’s Mojave Desert. The song delivers an effortless merger of airy harmonies and kicking synth.

“Heaven” ultimately delivers a defiant refusal to play along with the arbitrary rules that society imposes.

Listen to Niall Horan’s New Single “Heaven” below

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When reflecting on the song’s meaning Horan stated, “There’s so much pressure for people to hit certain milestones by a certain age – you get married at this age, buy a house at that age, have kids at some other age,” Horan says. “But I’ve never conformed to those ideas, and so I wanted to write about how we all should just focus on enjoying our lives and doing what feels right, instead of worrying about what might be expected of us.”

Niall Horan's The Show Album Art
Niall Horan’s The Show Album Art

Fans that pre-order the album in digital format now – available at DSPs and Horan’s store – will instantly receive “Heaven.” There is also an option to order one of the five vinyl variants of The Show, each with their own distinct disc color, cover and back cover, as well as a collector’s edition box set. These are all now available for pre-order HERE.

This Wednesday, February 22 Horan will be appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show and will soon join Clarkson on NBC’s The Voice as a new coach for Season 23, the new season premieres March 6 at 8/7c. This past week Horan appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to discuss the release of the new single and even perform a snippet of it for the audience.

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In the spring Horan will make his festival debut at Boston Calling on May 26. He’ll also be performing at summer music festivals around the globe including Pinkpop and Lollapalooza Paris. See below for full itinerary.

Throughout The Show, Horan pays homage to his globally beloved past work with a stronger feeling of soul-searching and reflection. Building upon Horan’s alt-pop style, the album draws heavily from the use of harmonies – an element inspired by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and other members of the ’60s/’70s music scene in Southern California. John Ryan and Joel Little co-executive produced The Show.

View the trailer for Horan’s The Album below

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A near-lifelong songwriter who taught himself to play guitar as a kid in Ireland – and who names attending an Eagles concert at age four as a pivotal moment in shaping his sensibilities –Horan has sold over 80 million records and toured the globe multiple times as 1/5 of the world renowned band One Direction.

In 2017, he made his full-length solo debut with Flicker, a Platinum-certified, chart-topping album featuring the triple-Platinum single “Slow Hands.” 2020’s Heartbreak Weather took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Album Sales tally and the U.K.’s Official Albums chart and earned praise from the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter.

Now, he enters a new era of his career with The Show, a body of work born of his longtime mission of bringing solace and connection to his globe-spanning community of passionately devoted fans.

Niall Horan – 2023 Festival Dates

5/26    Boston, MA                           Boston Calling Festival 2023

6/16    Landgraaf, NL                       Pinkpop 2023

6/18    Newport, UK                         Isle of Wight Festival 2023

7/6      Stavern, NO                           Stavernfestivalen

7/7      Glasgow, UK                         TRNSMIT Festival 2023

7/20    Ostrava, CZ                            Colours of Ostrava 2023

7/22    Paris, FR                                Lollapalooza Paris

8/9      Odemira, PT                          Meo Sudoeste 2023

8/12    Budapest, HU                         Sziget Festival 2023

9/1      Stradbally, IE                         Electric Picnic 2023

Additional tour dates to be announced.

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