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Why Harry Styles Is the Most Famous One Direction Member
For someone who used to be in a boy band, Harry Styles does not make many public appearances. Even the "Behind the Scenes" videos for his music videos don't show much of his personalty. The "Golden" BTS video shows Harry talking only at the end, when he waves goodbye to fans gathered around the set. The rest of the video simply shows shots of the production, set to the song. No talking. No interviews or explanations. Just Harry running around.
"Driver's License" is a Conventional Wonder
Every once in a while, a completely unheard of artist will drop a track that instantly goes number one and becomes a worldwide phenomena. Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" remix, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, did this in 2019, breaking Mariah Carey's record for consecutive weeks at number one. (Carey's record: 16. OTR: 19.) Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" brought her viral fame in 2012 with 6 weeks at number one. Meghan Thee Stallion achieved viral fame in 2020 through Tik Tok, when her song "Savage" became an inescapable trend and received a Beyonce feature. These artists didn't take the traditional path to fame. Their rise encapsulates something Taylor Swift said about the music industry in 2019: "For new artists nowadays, it feels like the trajectory of their career is like being shot out of a canon into a stratosphere."