Harry Styles is enjoying the success of his new album, Fine Line, which held onto the number-one spot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the second consecutive week.
According to Billboard, Nielsen Music reports the LP racked up 89,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. during the week ending Dec. 26, according to Nielsen Music. While that was enough to nail down the top spot on the cart for a second straight week, it also represents an 81-per-cent drop compared to its debut week, when Fine Line sold 478,000 units.
In a recent interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1, Styles opened up about how the tentativeness he felt recording his self-titled 2017 solo debut led him to go big on his 2019 followup.
Admitting that he “felt a lot of pressure to be making these big songs,” Styles told Lowe that Fine Line producer Tyler Johnson showed him the way, telling him, “You just have to make the record that you want to make right now.”
With that in mind, Styles chose to pursue some more adventurous avenues for Fine Line.
“When I listen to the first album now, I can hear all of the places where I feel like I was playing it safe, because I just didn’t want to get it wrong,” he admitted.
“But I guess a big part of going into this album was I spent a lot of time thinking about the whole process of, you make an album, and then you put it out… and then you tour it,” added Styles. “I kind of went into the second one feeling like I want to work out how to make all of this feel really fun.”