Chris Brown and Zayn Malik
Could two of music's biggest 'bad boys' be collaborating? Chris Brown says he'd 'love to work with' Zayn Malik Getty/Theo Wargo/Kevin Winter

He's not even made one track as a solo artist yet but Zayn Malik is fast becoming the name that everyone wants on their next single – including Chris Brown. "Of course, of course [I'd work with Malik]," the Five More Hours singer told Capital FM Radio (via Billboard). "I don't shy away from anyone and I think he's a great artist."

"Now he's doing his solo thing. I know he has a huge fanbase and the fans are waiting to hear his stuff, so it would be cool to get down and collab. I'm not a hard guy to get in the studio with — I'm on everybody's songs — so any time."

The pair are now a part of the same record label – RCA Records, after Malik signed with them earlier this month, so it doesn't seem like the collaboration would be all that difficult to organise, especially with Breezy's willingness to do so. Malik also seems to be keen to get his music out as soon as possible, tweeting on 5 August, shortly after the news that he had split from Little Mix star Perrie Edwards: "Gonna get this done for you !! I promise this album will be amazing." He also added: "Got something exciting coming soon :)!"

The former One Direction member has already hinted to fans that he will be making "real music" this time round, which suggests that he'll be opting for a slightly different sound than what Directioners have grown accustomed to him singing. Hollywood Life previously learned that the 22-year-old was actively looking to pursue a more rap-based career with a "slowed down r'n'b and quite sexual" sound and seeing as Brown is one the most popular r'n'b artists at the moment who unarguably caters to that sound, it's certainly looking plausible that the two would get together professionally.

The Look At Me Now hitmaker isn't the only one who would jump at the chance to work with one of the best-loved musicians out there at the moment either. Back in March, 50 Cent said: "I want it to happen. I can make him a lot of money and he can make me a lot of money. The point I am making is he needs to be working with the right producers, artists, and people in the genre. Some of the pop star rappers are a little cringe, and he doesn't want that."

Fellow British artist Conor Maynard shared the same enthusiasm about working with Malik, telling New magazine back in April: "Would I like to work with him? He's got an amazing voice, so that'd be really cool. It's funny, One Direction fans once made up a fake tracklist and one of them was a duet between Zayn and me, so maybe it's meant to be."