How about knowing the history of great artists and bands? Mostly, it’s a fascinating thing to know how an artist rose to fame from their efforts and the time they gave for their achievement. If you are a music fan or a fan of the One Direction band, then you would probably know about Harry Styles, as he is one of the world’s most recognizable musicians who rose to fame in the English music industry, as one of the five members of the boy band One Direction. People loved their work and admired them to this day.
He launched his solo career in the year 2016 and made his debut acting in the movie Dunkirk in 2017. The debut studio album of One direction was a chart-topper in several countries and it was the first British album to open up at number one on the United States Billboard 200. Moreover, it was listed in the Guinness Book of World records. Harry Styles net worth is estimated to be £100 million and was top listed in 2022, becoming the richest musician under 30 in the United Kingdom.
So who is Harry Styles, and how did he reach his success to achieve his position in being the richest musician. Continue reading to the end to know more true facts about Harry Styles.
The early life of Harry Styles
Harry Styles fully known as Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994, in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. He was born to Desmond Styles, who worked in finance for several companies, and Anne Cox, a housewife. He was brought up in a well-settled family.
When he was 7 years old, his parents Des and Anne divorced, and the family moved to Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. It was there, that he and his sister Gemma were raised by their mother. But later Harry Style’s mother got remarried to Robin Twist. Along with his elder sibling Gemma Styles, he has two half-siblings, Mike Twist and Amy Twist.
He spent most of his childhood with his mother and sister in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. And
Harry Styles attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School for his education. When he was a child he was very much interested in music and loved to sing. One of his habits was to record covers on a Karaoke machine, that was gifted by his grandfather to him.
He was inspired by the Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Freddie Mercury. While he attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, he met his three friends and formed a band called White Eskimo. It was Styles who became the lead singer. The band became very successful and popular enough to participate in and win a band competition at the school. To support himself, Harry Style worked in a part-time job, at the W.Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel while focusing on his vocal talent.
Apart from showing interest in music, he was intending to become a lawyer or a physiotherapist.
His Debut appearance on-screen television
In the year 2010, he presented an audition for the seventh season of ‘The X Factor. He got selected by performing the song “ Is not She lovely” by Stevie Wonder, and in the later round, he sang “Stop crying your heart out” by Oasis. Due to that reason, he had to separate from the band and failed to make an impression as he did not progress to the Boys category at Judges’ houses.
After getting selected in the audition for the X-Factor, he got eliminated before the finals, but to his surprise, the Jury Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell suggested that Harry Styles can be a part of the future band, and it was the One Direction. He became a member of the band along with Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson and performed in the remaining competition.
The five young people were sponsored by Simon Cowell, and during the competition, the group became one of the candidates to win the contest in third place. The five boys became the most popular contenders in that season and although they did not win in the first place, they were immediately signed to the music label of Cowell’s Syco, with a contract of 2 million pounds.
The One Direction
The ‘one direction’ name was actually suggested by Harry Styles. After the X factor season ended, Harry Styles along with his contestants participated in the X factor Live Tour throughout the United Kingdom, and then the One direction band focused on working on their debut album “Up all night”. They did their recordings in Britain, Sweden, and United States. The song was released in November 2011, and this made Harry Styles and the One band direction world-famous.
The popularity of the band was so high that in December they went on a concert tour to Australia, North America, and United Kingdom in April 2012, and the show was sold out the minute the tickets went on sale.
They released a concert DVD and which topped the world charts and the book “One Direction: Where we are”. This opened up at number one on the Sunday Times Best Seller list. The group’s lead single ‘what makes you beautiful’ won the 2012 Brit Award For best British single.
Harry styles and the band began to work on the second album in Spring 2012, which was released 6 months later. This album also topped the music charts in more than 35 countries. Harry styles performed in the team in a headlining sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in December 2012 and then went to accompany the concert tour that consisted of over a hundred shows. And their live performance had great success. The ticket sales in Australia and New Zealand grossed $15.7 million.
One of the best songs they released was the lead single for the third One Direction album Midnight Memories, which was released in 2013 November. It became the main soundtrack documentary 3D concert film One Direction. This became the best-selling album of 2013 and outperformed the previous and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. For the first time in the history of the US Billboard 200, the group’s first three albums were in the leading position on an authoritative American list of the most popular music groups.
The band scored another record achievement with the DVD and Blu-ray release in December 2013. And within three days, the number of DVDs and BD copies sold reached 270,000. This was a record that beat the record that was set by Michael Jackson’s documentary concert film. Harry Styles and the one direction team released their fourth album and it debuted at number one in 18 countries.
But later in April 2015, the number of one direction team was reduced to four, and Harry could not stop his tears while they announced Zayn Malik’s departure. Harry worked constantly on developing his talent and engaged in composing. He wrote songs in collaboration with Irish band Kodaline and American Pop singer Meghan Trainor.
His solo career
In January 2016 members of One Direction decided to take a break and work on individual projects and went on an extended hiatus. Apart from his singing, he had fans for his long curly hair, unordinary singing talent, wide smile, and sweet manner. Moreover, he decided to focus on his individual career in music.
Harry Styles received so many offers from recording studios. He received an offer from Apple for $25 million for a solo album. He signed a recording contract for three albums with Columbia Records for which he receive $80 million. He released his self-titled debut in July 2017 and topped the official charts at number one in more than 55 countries. This spectacular solo debut in 2017 with a dramatic single debuted at No.1. the fans had to wait for another two years for his next song “Lights up” which was released in October 2019.
The lead single charted in the top ten in practically every region it was released. It was the song with the most extraordinary one-week debut total sales for a non-US artist.
His appearance in the Dunkirk film
Apart from music, Harry focused on the films. He started his career on the big screen. Previously he made a cameo appearance in several films. He starred in a war film by Christopher Nolan in July 2017 as a British soldier named Alex. The movie depicted the real events of the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II.
Dunkirk premiered in July 2017 and it received many positive reviews and it grossed $525 million worldwide. Some critics called the movie one of the greatest-ever war films.
Personal life of Harry Styles
His fame made the media and his fans closely watch his life.
In 2011, he dated his girlfriend Caroline Flack, who was a television presenter, while he was participating in The X factor, and she was presenting its spin-off show. This relationship caused a lot of controversies as he was 17 years old and she was 32 years old. This caused a lot of controversies and criticisms, and some of Harry Styles’ fans went on negatively about Caroline. In January 2012, Harry posted that he broke up with Caroline.
Styles was later connected to the artist Sarah-Louise Colivet, supermodel Emma Ostilly and Cara Delevingne, and singers Lily Halpern and Rita Ora in a love relationship.
In 2012, he dated Taylor Swift, and it was his most well-known relationship. This relationship purportedly inspired two of Swift’s songs. Styles later dated Camille Rowe, a French model.
His relationship with Taylor Swift was from October 2012 to January 2013. But after their breakup, Swift experienced a fragile and full of anxiety and roadblocks. And he hinted that the song “Perfect” which was written collaboration with Louis Tomilson was about Taylor.
Rumors were spreading about the romantic relationship between Harry and Louis Tomlinson. Some media speculated about the relationship between two of the band’s members.
From the end of 2013, he was seen in the company of Kendall Jenner, TV star and Kim Kardashian’s young sister. They went on a vacation together along with the singer’s parents and his friends. However, due to busy work schedules, the relationship became unstable. But in 2016 they broke up and in September they were seen again on a romantic date.
Harry Styles’ charity works
Harry Style possesses some really good qualities that set him apart from many of his industry peers. He is socially aware and uses massive platforms to be vocal about various social causes and he would be the voice for many different charities. He speaks about issues that he feels passionate about and is unafraid to voice his opinions and encourages his fans.
Harry Style is a man who gives and has a big heart. He has donated more than 1.2 million dollars that were generated from his debut solo tour in 2017 to 62 charities worldwide. This benefited an extensive range of causes like March for our lives, Time’s up, Help refugees, and We love Machester Emergency Fund. He has helped hundreds of young people register to vote through the headcount campaign that led to more than 5,000 direct connections between the local charities and the fans.
Facts about Harry Style
- Shania Twain is one of Harry Styles’ significant impacts on both fashion and music. Harry’s mother used to play Twain’s songs in the house when he was a kid.
- He was voted as the 18th hottest hunk in 2012 by the readers of heat magazine.
- In May 2012, Harry sold a signed charity wristband for a whopping £9,010 on eBay. Once worn by Harry, the wristband was part of a sale. This was given to seriously and terminally ill children with experiences to make their lives happier.
- His favorite moment in X-Factor was singing on the charity single ‘Heroes’ which was a cover of the David Bowie classic. The track was able to reach Number 1 in the UK and Ireland and it raised £10,000s for military charity Help The Heroes.
- He got the Billboard Chart achievement award in 2020 at the Billboard Music Awards. He also won the American Music Award for favorite pop/rock album and the Juno award for international album of the year.
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