What could possibly solidify Harry Styles' place as the world's most anticipated pop star more than a six thousand word profile, written over a year, by Cameron fucking Crowe? Today on Rolling Stone, such a thing was hurled, head-first, into existence.
And if you weren't a fan of One Direction, if "Sign of the Times" didn't do it for you, or if you were almost there and then Harry fake-played guitar on SNLand you tapped out, you'll want to read it. It's a huge, exhaustive thing: chronicling the life of Styles from birth to now, inside and out: X Factor, his feelings towards Zayn, separated parents, and a carrot cake he once gave to Stevie Nicks.
Perhaps most importantly, though, and certainly most charming, was one particular excerpt, which had Harry debunking the theory that a young female fanbase discredits an artist, in just over one hundred words.
Styles is aware that his largest audience so far has been young – often teenage – women. Asked if he spends pressure-filled evenings worried about proving credibility to an older crowd, Styles grows animated. "Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick."
Just lovely. Listen to "Sign of the Times" below and, if you've got a spare hour, read the profile in full here.