The One Direction star – who is reportedly expecting a baby with girlfriend Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – is working hard on his debut solo LP and has a few ”amazing” songs on there, according to label mate Calum Scott.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz at the Capital Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola, Calum said:
”I was in the studio with Liam the other day. I heard a few of his songs. They are sounding amazing. I’d love to do something with him.”
The 23-year-old singer has been teasing fans with snaps of himself in the studio over the last few weeks and even shared a short clip of a song, where he appeared to provide the vocals.
The news comes as Simon Cowell previously admitted he was a ”bit annoyed” at Liam for signing with rival record label Capitol rather than choosing to stay with Sony Music.
”It is a bit annoying if I am honest with you – mainly because it is a another label who has now got your artist who you worked with for so many years. But that is the music business, unfortunately. I don’t think anyone else from the band will do that. We had spoken a lot – him and I – about what he wanted to do next. But I guess he read about Harry’s deal and thought we weren’t interested. My impression was that he wasn’t in any hurry to make a record because he discussed this last year. He was more into songwriting. I was teasing him saying, ‘If you come up with a great song Liam make sure it is for you and don’t give it away. When you’re ready I am ready.’ So I was a bit surprised. Of course there is a part of you that goes, ‘Maybe we should have had the conversation.’ That maybe is my fault but it has happened now.”
Songwriter Amy Wadge is working with Niall Horan on his solo music, with some of the tunes running with a country theme.
The writer, who collaborated with Ed Sheeran on his mega hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’, said that she had been working with the One Direction man in the US.
“I’m working with Niall from One Direction, so I’ve been in Nashville with him. And I’ve been working with James Blunt, and Una from The Saturdays. Niall – it’s going to be his own thing, and he’s a cracking writer, and he’s got a great voice. He’s kind of got a bit of a Paul Simon thing going on.”
Wadge added that she thinks there will be “elements” of country in Horan’s solo career, which sparked into life recently with his debut single ‘This Town’.
A producer working with Liam Payne on his new solo music has revealed that his tunes have shades of Justin Timberlake, with “funky” vibes running through the music.
The singer signed a record contract with Capitol earlier this year as he looks ahead to the future following One Direction’s decision to go on hiatus at the end of 2015.
Speaking to the Daily Star, producer James Newman said he eventually hopes to work with the One Direction trio of Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik on their respective solo music.
The music man said:
“I’m working with Liam already and I’m going to be working with Zayn and hopefully Niall because I know him. You go for the artists you respect, I don’t give out songs willy nilly.”
Speaking about Payne’s output, which is expected to start trickling into the public domain soon, Newman said:
“It’s an urbany funky type of thing, JT vibes, it’s early days but it’s fun.”
Louis Tomlinson has recorded an EDM (electronic dance music) track with Steve Aoki.
The One Direction singer and the US DJ decided to collaborate after becoming friends earlier this year and the new song is expected to be released later this month.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper:
“Louis and Steve partied a few times in the summer. They were just mucking around in the studio at first but ended up coming up with something special. It’s miles away from what Louis did with One Direction.”
Louis and Steve partied together in Ibiza during the summer and the 24-year-old star recently jetted to Las Vegas with pals to help celebrated Steve’s 39th birthday.
It has been claimed that Louis will give the first performance of the new song during the live final of ‘The X Factor’ – the show which launched One Direction to fame – later this month.
News of the collaboration comes after it was recently revealed that Louis has finally decided to follow in the footsteps of his band mates – Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne – and previous member Zayn Malik, in launching his own solo career.
And he has decided to work with Simon Cowell’s Syco label, where the band are also signed.
A source recently said:
“Louis is a brilliant songwriter and had not initially planned his own solo career. But he’s been back in the studio and has been working on some really amazing music. He’s played some to the powers-that-be at Syco, who are really excited. They think he could be a real success as a solo artist, given his proven ability to write hit records and massive fanbase as part of 1D.”
Niall Horan is going to be at 102.7 KIIS FM’s sold-out Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles this Friday (December 2).
“I thought that I written a lot of it or all of it. And then as I been recording and yesterday I recorded my 8th song, and then you start make a track listing. Obviously I have high expectations of myself for myself so I want to make it the best I can. I just felt like a couple of songs were lacking a bit… slacking actually. And I am going to redo that again then take a little bit of time off for the new year! And chill out for a bit because since I brought this on now I have been promo-ing and studio time so I kind of need to chillax for a second, regroup and try to rewrite a few more!!!”
When One Direction lost their fifth member Zayn Malik in March 2015, the pop collective wrapped up their fifth tour as a quartet and announced their indefinite hiatus that August. The foursome — Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan — went on to pursue different projects for “at least” a year, with Payne, Styles, and Horan inking independent record deals, while Tomlinson focuses on raising his baby boy Freddie Tomlinson.
For Horan, the Irish singer-songwriter penned a deal with Capitol Records USA and released his debut solo single “This Town,” an acoustic ballad about the nostalgia that accompanies his homecoming. The cut is the first taste of his forthcoming debut solo album, which is currently in the works and has no official release date. On Wednesday morning, Horan joined On Air with Ryan Seacrest in studio to give a status update on his hotly-anticipated record and a tentative timeline for his new releases.
“I’ll be bringing out [another] song starting next year I’d say, and I’ll probably try to bring the album out just before the summer,” he said. “Yesterday, I recorded my eighth song, so I’m kind of three-quarters of the way there.”
On the sonic of his new album, Horan said “This Town’s” downtempo arrangements are not a reflection of his forthcoming collection:
“If I had 11, 12 ‘This Towns,’ I’d literally put people to sleep. I don’t know if I can do that, so I have to have a little bit of tempo!”
After releasing his debut album and doing the solo thing, the question on everyone’s mind is, will 1D ever regroup? Although Horan — as well as Styles and Payne who are working on their own solo projects — is neck deep in building a standalone empire, he is confident that the band will, as promised, reunite somewhere down the line.
“We’re all just kind of doing our own bits and pieces now, we’re all enjoying it, we’re all in touch, but I think people have this public perception that we all hate each other and One Direction is never going to happen ever again,” he said. “I think people are making that up. We’ve never given any hint … I think the media started to turn all of these words and make it seem like we all hate each other and One Direction will never happen again, which is complete bulls**t. It definitely will. We’re just enjoying our time.”
Not only did Horan guarantee the return of One Direction in the future, he also imagined what their first order of business will be:
“Some of us will have music to bring to the table…but we also have an album that we never toured. We brought an album out at the end of last year, so I guess that would be the first thing, to tour that.”
While fans patiently await a 1D reunion, they can watch Horan hold his own at KIIS FM’s sold-out Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles this Friday (December 2). He will join a star-studded bill featuring Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Fifth Harmony, Diplo, and many more.
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Republic Records has “extremely high expectations” for Liam Payne, who recently signed with the label for North America.
As Niall Horan’s debut single “This Town” begins to take flight, news comes of another One Direction member scoring a solo record deal.
Liam Payne has signed with Republic Records for North America, the label confirmed in a Monday morning press release.
Per the press release, Liam “kicks off his solo career with new music coming soon via an alliance with Capitol UK label led by Nick Raphael.”
“With Republic’s track record of launching powerhouse talent in the US including superstars like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Lorde, and countless others, I am more than confident we have assembled the best possible team alongside Capitol’s UK label to launch and shepherd Liam’s solo career,” said Payne’s manager Simon Oliveira.
“Being a member of the most successful group of the last decade, Liam has a tremendous opportunity to make an even greater impact on pop culture,” added Republic CEO Monte Lipman. “We’re honored by Liam’s decision to join Republic Records, and have extremely high expectations for his solo career.”