Pop icon and Harry
Styles announced the upcoming release of his newest album on November 4th, and
the world went wild.
The second solo album
of his music career, this new collection bears the title “Fine Line,” a
testament to Styles’s mission to continually bend the rules of what is feminine
and what is masculine.
This time last year,
Styles set the precedent for his defiance against gender roles in a Vice-iD interview alongside actor Timothée
Both the stars agreed
that they do not adhere to traditional dimensions of masculinity, and that
those notions are changing in the new generation.
“I think there’s so
much masculinity in being vulnerable and allowing yourself to be feminine,”
said Styles, “and I’m very comfortable with that.”
Even further down the
timeline, Styles stated in 2017 that he had “never felt the
need” to label his own sexuality.
Harry Styles’ music and public image is a new kind of campaign for diversity regarding gender and sexuality.
between blurring and erasing the “fine line” between femininity and masculinity
is acknowledging the existence of a spectrum with two ends.
Rather than asserting that gender identity is either a dichotomy or nonexistent, Styles expresses a whole range of gender expression through his performance, his clothing, and his words.
The 12-song tracklist
for “Fine Line” has yet to be publicized, but the freshly released single
“Lights Up” will be featured on the album.
“Lights Up,” which
dropped in early October, highlights the question of identity, with a prominent
recurring lyric being, “Do you know who you are?”
In conjunction with
the song, Harry Styles created a website solely entitled DYKWYA,
which asks the visitor for their name and provides a rather cryptic answer.
responses on the website are promotion for the upcoming album, which links the
message of identity to the overall purpose of “Fine Line.” Since the release of
his first solo album after years in global boyband One Direction, Styles has
been establishing his own identity.
Intentional or not,
Harry Styles’s music has contributed a great deal to defining this generation.
His persona is looked up to by young people all over the world, of every shape,
size, color, gender, orientation, or identification.
Styles has a monumental platform at his disposal, and “Fine Line” is just another step in using that platform to cut down the divide between femininity and masculinity, what is gay and straight, who we are and what we think we’re supposed to be.
Speculation as to the contents of “Fine Line” already floods the internet. Fans wonder if Styles will be admitting to long-suspected love affairs, challenging the perception of his sexuality, addressing the rumors surrounding his gender identity, or all of the above.
Once the entire album
is released, the huge splash created in the music industry will assuredly speak
But already a stone has been cast at the entire notion of masculinity, and all we have is a title.