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When Harry Styles first announced that he was going to be dropping a solo album, we were all excited to discover what his sound was going to be like. And by "we," of course we mean the collective One Direction fandom who are ready and willing to support all of the guys as they pursue their dreams, even if it stings a little that they're not currently making new music together. But have you noticed something very specific happening in the days since H dropped "Sign of the Times," and subsequently slayed us with his Saturday Night Live performance? That's right, we're talking about all of the new fans Harry has been accumulating.
While it's so exciting to welcome a group of first-time listeners into the fandom – Hello, welcome to the club, good luck not letting your devotion to Harry take over your life – and Harry's voice and music is undoubtedly evolving into new territory, it's somehow literally the most surprising thing in the world to hear tons of adults saying "well, I was no One Direction fan, but I've certainly got to admit that Harry Styles is talented!" Of course he is – all the guys are talented, have you been sleeping on them this long?
In fact, in his incredible new interview with Rolling Stone, Harry was asked if he now feels a pressure to cater his songs to an older audience and leave his younger fans or longtime 1D supporters behind. Bless his heart, he shut down any implications that his young audience can't spot good music when they hear it.
"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts," he said. "Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
YAASSS HARRY. He just gets us. He's not abandoning any of us, he wants us to join him on this new adventure.
IF YOU LIKE HARRY'S MUSIC NOW YOU WOULD HAVE PROBABLY ENJOYED 1D IF YOU JUST ALLOWED YOURSELF TO NOT BE PRETENTIOUS ABOUT WHAT YOU LISTEN TO pic.twitter.com/CDogzR2nwL— Calvin (@calvinstowell) April 16, 2017
It's incredible to see Harry getting the widespread recognition he deserves, so don't be too alarmed if your dad suddenly starts asking you to play some Made in the A.M. Catch him up to speed, and think of it like introducing him to the classics, just like he may have shared his love for Pink Floyd or Prince with you when you were growing up.