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  • Niall Horan talks new album and reveals what will happen when One Direction reunites

    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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    Liam Payne has signed with Republic Records in the US

    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.”

    Niall Horan talks solo single ‘This Town,’ and the future of One Direction

    As One Direction continues their extended hiatus to focus on individual projects, band member Niall Horan has made a huge preliminary stride at a solo music career by surprise-releasing his first solo single “This Town” on Thursday.

    Horan, who inked a solo deal with Capitol Records USA, tandem-released the accompanying “1 Mic 1 Take” video that finds the Irish singer in the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California as he offers a raw performance of the poignant acoustic love ballad.

    “Saw that you moved on with someone new / in the pub that we met he’s got his arms around you / it’s so hard, so hard / and I want to tell you everything words I never got to say the first time around,” he woefully sings on the track, which was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Kelly Clarkson) and co-written with Jamie Scott, Mike Needle, and Daniel Bryer.

    Immediately after the world premiere of “This Town,” Horan phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to discuss the meaning behind the track, which appears to cite a former romantic relationship.

    “In terms of an individual, not so much,” he said. “It’s kind of got a double meaning I guess. It’s my hometown. It’s funny how things never change in this hometown, but everything comes back to you when you go home and stuff like that. It’s also got that double-meaning and people from small towns will understand.”

    On the song’s alternative meaning, he said it can be interpreted as a ballad about reuniting with someone from your past: “there’s always that one individual that you end up seeing when you go home or whatever.”


    Horan said “This Town’s” down-tempo style, influenced by Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, is not a complete reflection of his forthcoming debut solo album, which will also feature upbeat acoustic guitar arrangements. On the as-yet-untitled album’s status, he revealed it is still incomplete and its arrival is still undetermined.

    “I’ve like written 15 to 20 songs, so I’m kind of gonna start picking,” he teased.

    Though Horan’s solo release continues to stoke the flames of One Direction’s rumored disbandment, the singer said the band — who formed on The X Factor in 2010 — is still on good terms and may still reunite after their indefinite break.

    “Everyone’s enjoying their own thing. Harry did the movie, I’m doing this, and Louis [Tomlinson’s] got his things going on and so does Liam,” he said of his bandmates, who actually heard “This Town” way before its release. “I still talk to them all the time, we still talk to each other … We’re stable. We’re just kind of doing our own thing, but I definitely won’t rule [a reunion] out.”

    “This Town” is available for download now.

    Niall Horan releases debut solo single ‘This Town’

    One Direction‘s Niall Horan released his very first solo single “This Town” this morning (September 29) via Vevo UK. Capitol Records also announced they had signed Horan as a solo artist.

    The song was produced by Greg Kurstin, and co-written by Horan, Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer.

    Stream on Spotify.

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    Read the lyrics to “This Town” below.

    Waking up to kiss you and nobody’s there
    The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air
    It’s Hard
    Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round
    It’s funny how things never change in this old town
    So far from the stars
    And I want to tell you everything
    The words I never got to say the first time around
    And I remember everything
    From when we were the children playing in this fairground
    Wish I was there with you now
    If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
    Drive highways and byways to be there with you
    Over and over the only truth
    Everything comes back to you
    I saw that you moved on with someone new
    In the pub that we met he’s got his arms around you
    It’s so hard
    So Hard
    And I want to tell you everything
    The words I never got to say the first time around
    And I remember everything
    From when we were the children playing in this fairground
    Wish I was there with you now
    Cos if the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
    Drive highways and byways to be there with you
    Over and over the only truth
    Everything comes back to you
    You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
    Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
    Over and over the only truth
    Everything comes back to you
    And I know that it’s wrong
    That I can’t move on
    But there’s something about you
    If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
    Drive highways and byways to be there with you
    Over and over the only truth
    Everything comes back to you
    You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
    Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
    Over and over the only truth
    Everything comes back to you
    Everything comes back to you

    Niall Horan snubs Simon Cowell for Universal music

    Instead of staying with Cowell’s Syco label – like 1D – Niall, 22, has hitched up with Universal Music. A US source exclusively told the Daily Star Sunday:

    “This will come as a real blow to Cowell who has been talking to Niall for months, wanting him to sign a deal with his label Syco. He made a number of big money offers to try and persuade Niall to sign up but, in the end, Universal came in and put even more money on the table. They’re chuffed to have got one over on Cowell and have taken one of 1D.”

    Universal subsidiary label Capitol had been expecting to do a solo deal with Harry Styles, 22. But when Harry decided to stay with Sony, they turned their attentions to other members of the band, who finished third on Cowell’s X Factor in 2010. Daily Star source said:

    “Universal said they would pay Niall whatever it took. They heard his solo music and they all think it’s got good potential. They really had to throw the dollars at him but they think it’s worth it.”

    Cowell, 56, is bound to be upset about Niall leaving – especially as he had said earlier in the summer he hoped to make an announcement about Niall making a deal with Syco “soon”.

    Just weeks ago, the X Factor boss said:

    “We are expecting to announce something soon with Niall. I’ve always known he’s loyal.”

    Daily Star source continued:

    “Cowell will be unhappy about it. But Niall’s thrilled. He’s been telling pals he is really excited about his new music and this solo deal. It’s anyone’s guess where this decision leaves One Direction now.”

    Simon Cowell supports One Direction members going solo but wishes they all stayed loyal: ‘One flew out of the nest’

    Simon Cowell is fully supportive of the One Direction boys going solo, but after helping launch the singers into superstardom, the X Factor and America’s Got Talent judge also wishes they would all stay close by.

    “I think they’re all gonna do great,” he told PEOPLE Tuesday night about Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson on the red carpet at an America’s Got Talent taping. “I worked with these guys for six years, so I always hoped they would all stay within what I call the Sony family, but I think only one won’t.”

    Noting that Payne recently signed a solo deal with Universal Music (One Direction is signed with Cowell’s Syco Music, which is owned by Sony), Cowell added that Horan may also soon ink a solo deal.

    “Niall is the most loyal,” he said. “We are expecting to announce something soon with him. I’ve always known he’s loyal.”

    While Cowell also “always knew” the boys would try creating successful careers outside of One Direction, he had hoped “that everyone would do it with us, but one flew out of the nest.”

    After the singers announced they would be taking a hiatus last year, Cowell acknowledged the singers had “100 percent” been overworked since being discovered on The X Factor in 2010.

    “Even though they were young, that was a grueling schedule, and after a while I could see they were exhausted,” he said at the time. “Having a year off is going to be a healthy thing.”

    Horan’s fledgling solo career may get a helping hand from fellow British music titan, John Newman. The “Olé” singer told PEOPLE that he’s ear-marking some of his new compositions for Horan.

    “I was having a text back and forth with Niall Horan the other night about some ideas, which is cool.”

    Harry Styles solo record deal won’t end One Direction

    Harry Styles is making a solo album, it was reported late Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he’s quitting One Direction. Gossip Cop has exclusively learned that the singer’s new record contract doesn’t mark the end of the boy band, despite speculation on social media and by various outlets.

    Sources tell Billboard magazine that Columbia Records, the same label behind 1D, has now signed Styles for a solo deal. But various publications are reporting the news as if it means that One Direction, which is currently on hiatus, has broken up for good. The band began their hiatus in December 2015, and their last performance together aired during a pre-taped segment for ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

    Vanity Fair claims in its headline that Styles is “Pulling a Zayn [Malik],” who infamously quit the band last year to embark on a solo career. Meanwhile, “Entertainment Tonight” asks, “R.I.P. One Direction?”

    Additionally, many fans on social media are worried that Styles’ solo contract will result in One Direction splitting. However, Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to Styles, who exclusively tells us that while the singer is in fact making a solo record, “There’s still every intention to reunite [with One Direction] at some point.” We’re assured that the British boy band’s hiatus remains the same, and Styles’ solo project is most certainly “not the end” of 1D.

    The timeline and details of Styles’ new deal have yet to be announced, but rest assured, we haven’t seen the last of One Direction. In addition to his solo album, Styles is also branching out into acting. As Gossip Cop reported, the singer will make his on-screen debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 WWII thriller, Dunkirk.

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