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Harry Styles’ third album, “Harry’s House,” debuted just to the top of the Billboard chart with the biggest opening week sales of the year: 521,500 equivalent album units. His upcoming tour will feature 15 performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and 15 performances at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. By most conventional standards, Styles is one of the biggest pop stars.
And yet, his music hasn’t always been as successful as his celebrity suggests – he’s only had six Top 10 hits. He makes 70s-style pop that is largely out of step with today’s landscape, often drawing more attention for his intense charisma and gender-fluid sartorial flair than his songs.
In this week’s Popcast, a talk about Styles’ sometimes circular musical journey, the ways his time in One Direction shaped his public image, and how internet fandom fueled his career.
Kaitlyn Tiffany, a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of “Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It”
Lindsay Zoladz, who writes about music for DailyExpertNews and others
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