The record's title, Mind of Mine, was first revealed to Zane Lowe in January and it has 14 tracks in total, which Zayn tweeted earlier this month.
Pillowtalk, the first single from the album, has topped the charts in the UK and the US.
Feedback from fans who've listened to the album has been positive so far with #MindofMine trending high on Twitter.
But Zayn tweeted: "I'm not tryna be no rapper , my album is me a child .. My ideas have been with me a long time.
"Use your brain, appreciate art don't discriminate what you don't understand."
In January he revealed that he'd reached out to a few of One Direction but got no reply.
The group is on a break after releasing their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M.
"I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven't received calls from a lot of people," he told Billboard Magazine.
"I've reached out to a few of them and not got a reply. People have pride issues but it's stuff you overcome."