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Niall Horan not "putting pressure" on himself to write new songs during pandemic

Niall Horan has revealed that he's taking things a little slower during the ongoing pandemic.

The Irish superstar released his latest solo record Heartbreak Weather this year on March 13, but was unable to travel to the US to promote it as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak. His Nice To Meet Ya Tour had been scheduled to kick off in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 20. 

Horan admitted that he would have loved Heartbreak Weather to have gone to No. 1 in the US, like it did in the UK and Ireland, but COVID-19 has affected everything greatly.

Heartbreak Weather was named as one of the most anticipated albums of 2020 by Rolling Stone. The record includes his hit single, 'No Judgement,' as well as 'Nice to Meet Ya', 'Put a Little Love on Me' and 'Black and White,' and is his first UK No. 1 album as a solo artist. The One Direction star's debut album Flicker reached No. 3 in 2017.

Horan says that he's not "putting pressure" on himself to write new material at the moment. Initially, the 26-year-old felt like he had to be super productive, but he's since slowed down and is enjoying soaking up the sun and baking and cleaning. He does have a few songs lined-up for when he can return to the studio, though.

He said: "At the beginning I was putting a lot of pressure on my myself to write and then I thought, 'Just take your time and if you don't feel like it, don't do it'. 

"I have done bits and pieces so when I do get back into a studio, I am ready to go, but for the most part I have been cleaning, baking, reading and sitting in the sunshine."

And why not? Horan is one of the most hardworking singer-songwriters around, and having just released his second solo album three months ago, fans are sure to agree that he deserves to take the pressure off his shoulders.

This week, we also got to hear him sing on a new rendition of viral star Ashe's hit, 'Moral of the Story'. Horan said: "She's the f***ing best. Love her. We've become friends because of it.”

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