“Pillowtalk” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Zayn, for his debut solo studio album Mind of Mine. It was written by Zayn Malik, Anthony Hannides, Michael Hannides, Levi Lennox and Joe Garrett, while the production was handled by Lennox. The song was released as the lead single from the album on 29 January 2016, along with its accompanying music video.
After signing a recording deal with RCA Records, Zayn gave several interviews with music magazines, such as The Fader and Billboard, to talk about his debut record. He stated “life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I’ve been through, especially in the last five years.” He said the record will musically lean towards R&B, but will also have some tunes leaning towards R&B-rock or reggae. Zayn’s solo debut album Mind of Mine is due to release on 25 March 2016. On 24 January 2016, Zayn revealed the release date and promotional cover-art of the lead single “Pillowtalk” through Twitter. It is Zayn’s debut solo single after he left One Direction in 2015. Zayn wrote the song shortly after leaving the group, in collaboration with co-writers Mike and Anthony Hannides. Speaking about his new single with The Sunday Times, Zayn said that “Pillowtalk” was written about sex, which he described as “so pure, so dirty and raw,” adding, “everybody has sex, and it’s something people wanna hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life. And you don’t want to sweep it under the carpet.” Subsequently “Pillowtalk” was made available for digital download in most countries worldwide via the iTunes Store on 29 January 2016.
An acoustic version of the track, “Pillowtalk”, was released on 3 February 2016. On Snapchat, Zayn revealed a snippet of a “Pillowtalk” remix featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, which was later released as “Pillowtalk (Lil Wayne Remix)” for digital download on 25 February 2016; it is a hip hop remix with rapping by Lil Wayne along with rapping and rap-singing by Zayn. The original version of “Pillowtalk” has been included in the compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 93.