Niall Horan Talks Sophomore Album, One Direction & New Song 'Finally Free'

During an appearance on Billboard's latest "Pop Shop Podcast," Niall Horan dished on how he’s creating his second album after the success of his debut, Flicker, which Horan has been promoting on his "Flicker World Tour" since March.

When asked whether he's already begun drafting and recording new material for his follow-up on the road, the Irish singer explained why he's against such multitasking. "Some people are like really good at that, where they can just — on any downtime they have — just sit down and write multiple songs," he explained. "And I found that I just can't. There's so much going on and if you actually wanna tour and see the city that you're in, you got no time for that."

While there seems to be little time to spare for songwriting, Horan said he has composed a handful of tracks "at the piano like I did on the last album, where I was sitting at home, guitar in hand" but "will be kind of disappearing after the tour and taking a couple of months off and then going for it properly and just writing until I can't write anymore.”

The former One Direction member recently celebrated the band's eighth year as a group this Monday (July 23). "It's hard to believe it's been eight years … Today I was in Urban Outfitters and a girl said, 'I've been a fan since I was 12,' and she was like 20," the "Slow Hands" crooner told Billboard of the anniversary. "And I was like 'Oh God.' [Laughs] It even makes me feel old, and I'm only 24! … A lot of people you read online [say] 'One Direction was basically a part of my teenage years,' and I wouldn't have it any other way."

Earlier this month, Horan released the song "Finally Free" for the upcoming animated film Smallfoot. "It was actually really cool and organic how it happened," Horan said of his involvement in the movie and the folk-pop record he co-wrote with Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. Smallfoot hits theaters on September 28.

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