Harry Style has signed a record deal with Columbia Records. After Zayn Malik he is now the second member of One Direction to embark on a solo career. As the news breaks, Directioneers and the music world are reacting to say the very least. Find out all the latest updates on this new development.
It seemed inevitable. Now that One Direction is several months into their planned hiatus, another member of the group is signing a record deal. This time around, rather than an announced split from the group, this news was first broken by Billboard and later confirmed by E!News and other media outlets.
The heartthrobs, the internationally famous One Direction that has had fans swooning for five years, did, after all begin as an assembled group on The X Factor UK. Once upon a time, the five members were aspiring solo artists, and we should be surprised if they once again return to those ambitions.
E!News, confirming the report, also notes that last year Styles registered four solo songs with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and that earlier this year he joined Full Stop Management.
For now, there’s no drama. No sudden heartbreaking announcement such as we had when Zayn Malik left the group in the height of their fame and months before they released their fifth and perhaps final album. Fans were heartbroken, marking the months without him on social media.
We should also not be surprised if Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson pursue such careers. It would be the perfect opportunity, to pivot from such global fame. Witness already the success of Zayn Malik whose debut solo single ‘Pillowtalk’ topped charts all over the world, as did his album ‘Mind of Mine.’
The story is developing. We’re waiting to see what Harry Styles himself has to say, so check back for all the latest details. We’re watching and waiting as he embarks to go solo, apart from One Direction!
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