Harry Styles – As It Was

Harry’s House is the third studio album by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles, released on 20 May 2022 by Columbia and Erskine Records. Musically, the album features pop-funk, pop rock, synth-pop and R&B styles. It was supported by the singles “As It Was” and “Late Night Talking”; the former debuted atop the UK and US charts, becoming Styles’ second solo number-one song in both countries. The album was met with acclaim from music critics.

Despite the album reportedly being leaked a month before its release, Harry’s House showcased the best first-week sales in Harry Styles’ career. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with 113,000 album-equivalent units, becoming the fastest-selling album of 2022 in the country. It also debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 521,500 album-equivalent units, including 330,000 album sales, making it the US’ largest opening week for an album in 2022. It debuted at number one in various other countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

Background and production

In an interview with Apple Music, Styles explained how he came up with the album title: “The album is named after Haruomi Hosono, he had an album in the ’70s called Hosono’s House [sic], and I spent that chunk in Japan; I heard that record and I was like ‘I love that. It’d be really fun to make a record called Harry’s House’.”  The album features John Mayer on lead guitar on “Cinema” and “Daydreaming”.

The album was largely written and recorded during 2020 and 2021. “Boyfriends”, however, was initially written during the final week of Fine Line (2019) recording.  The first song to be written for the album was “Late Night Talking”, which was written the day Styles, the band and the producers arrived at Shangri-La studios in Malibu.

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