Liam Payne now also belongs to Republic Records.
Payne announced in July he signed a record deal with Capitol UK, which will represent the former One Directioner across the pond, but stateside Payne will get backing by Republic Records for new tunes that are "coming soon," a press release confirms.
A driving force of One Direction with numerous key songwriting credits, he sold over 20 million albums worldwide as part of the group in addition to receiving six BRIT Awards, seven American Music Awards, 11 MTV Europe Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and 27 Teen Choice Awards. He kicks off his solo career with new music coming soon via an alliance with Capitol UK label led by Nick Raphael.
About the signing, Liam’s manager Simon Oliveira Co-Founder of Doyen Global says, “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.
Payne is currently "hard at work" on his solo album. We don't know much, but expect a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Payne hit up the recording studio earlier this month with the "Happy" singer. "Great few days with @pharrell pleasure working with you as always," he said.
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