The 30-year-old producer – whose real name is Shahid Khan – posted a link to a demo of his and Zayn’s new track ‘I Won’t Mind’ on Twitter and attached the caption: “let the music do the talking guys. thank us later. 🙂 x (sic)”
The track is the first to be released by the 22-year-old musician since he announced his departure from chart-topping boyband One Direction last week, saying he wanted to take some time “out of the spotlight”.
In a statement he said: “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
However, shortly after revealing the news Zayn was spotted heading into a recording studio with the DJ to work on his solo material.
The move has angered the heartthrob’s former bandmates, with pal Louis Tomlinson clashing with Naughty Boy in a series of tweets shortly before the demo was uploaded to SoundCloud, after he posted a negative video about the band which upset their fans.
He wrote: “Wow @NaughtyBoyMusic you’re so inconsiderate pal , seriously how f***ng old are you ? Grow up ! #masterofallwisdom
“I was talking about the video you tweeted . Clearly trying to wind the fans up ! Well you succeeded anyway . Fair play (sic)”
The 23-year-old singer later took to Twitter again to change the subject by thanking the One Direction fans – known as Directioners – for their support.
In a series of tweets, he wrote: “Always have struggled to bite my tongue
“Big love to all our fans ! Seriously thank you you guys have been unbelievable , can’t wait to play Cape Town . Gonna be a BIG show !!! (sic)”