Sign of the Times Harry Styles



” Sign of the Times ” is by Harry Styles ( Harry Edward Styles ), the English singer and songwriter. Before embarking on a solo career, Harry was a member of the hugely successful boy band, One Direction.
The English-Irish boy band were based in London and originally consisted of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, who left the group on the 25th of March 2015. In the United States, One Direction has sold 7.6 Million Albums.
” Sign of the Times ” was written by Alex Salibian, Jeff Bhasker, Harry Styles, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Nasci and Mitch Rowland. Production for the single was by Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson and Alex Salibian.
The song was released on the 7th of April 2017 by record labels Erskine(an independent label owned by Harry ) and Columbia Records ( Sony Music Entertainment ), it is taken as Harry’s first single from his self-titled debut album.
The album sold 57,000 copies in the first week of release and entered the UK Albums Chart at Number One. It also joined the Billboard 200 in the United States at the top with album-equivalent sales of 230,000, 193,000 were actual Album sales.
” Sign of the Times ” is a piano ballad fused with soft rock and pop with a hint of British 1970s style rock. Lyrically it’s quite dark; Harry explained the song during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine saying ” The song is written from the point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.’ ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Woodkid ( Yoann Lemoine ), the French music video director, graphic designer and singer-songwriter. He has worked with the likes of Moby, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey and John Legend.
The video was filmed on location on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The island is the northernmost and most significant of the islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. With a population of around 10,000, the Isle of Skye is famous for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles.
” Sign of the Times ” has been a commercial success for Harry. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number four with first-week sales of 142,000, 16.5 million streams and 23 million airplay impressions. To date, the song has spent six weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 20th of April 2017 and peaked at Number One, staying at the top for one week. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and to date has spent seven weeks on the UK chart.
In its first week of release, ” Sign of the Times ” had UK sales of 39,000 downloads together with 3.5 million streams, combining the figures gave Harry the sales of 23,472 equivalent units. The sales disrupted the thirteen weeks run at the top of the UK Singles Chart by Ed Sheeran with his song ” Shape of You “.

( Chart positions are approx, the song may move up or down on the chart )

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 4

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino) 15, Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 11, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 21, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 6, Colombia (National-Report) 94, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 52, Denmark (Tracklisten) 20, Finland Download (Latauslista) 1, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 20, Hungary (Single Top 40) 5, Iceland (RÚV) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 6, Italy (FIMI) 9, Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20) 11, Mexico (Billboard Ingles Airplay) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 16, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 6, Norway (VG-lista) 20, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 11, Portugal (AFP) 7, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 10, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 4, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 15, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4

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