UPDATE // MAY 9:
Rumor has it Liam Payne's new single with Migos drops this Friday (May 12), and it might be the one he collaborated with Ed Sheeran on.
According to The Sun, Ed is co-wrote Liam's debut single. "Liam and Ed have been friends for years, ever since Ed first wrote for One Direction on their debut album," said an insider. "The collaboration actually came about very quickly earlier this year."
How did it come about? “Liam was in Los Angeles and was told that Ed was beginning to write a song with Liam in mind. Liam rushed back to the UK and the pair of them wrote the track together and then recorded it. With Ed’s expertise in creating a hit Liam knows they can’t go wrong. They have produced something special together. Having Ed on board is a clever move too, as it means he will reach music fans beyond just 1D obsessives.”
Ed hinted at the collab a few months ago:
Ed confirming that he has worked with "one of the five" on a collab, but not Harry 😱
— Mumma Direction (@Mumma1Direction) March 16, 2017
EARLIER // MAY 1:
Liam Payne Shot A Music Video With Migos, Collaborating With Ryan Tedder And Stargate
Liam Payne's forthcoming lead single is rumored to drop in June, and it appears it will feature rap trio Migos.
Member Quavo spilled the beans. "I just came from a video today. My boy Liam [Payne] from One Direction," he said. "We just shot that. Crazy vid. Crazy visuals. Crazy team. Cool guy, nice guy. It's goin' up. I wasn't even supposed to say that. It's gonna be a surprise though."
The Sun claims an insider revealed to them that Liam wants "his solo music to sound like a mix between Justin Bieber and Drake." They add "it’s definitely not going to be a hip-hop album. He has worked with so many different producers and artists. But what’s for sure is that his songs will sound very, very different to what Harry Styles has put out.”
Another super star dipping their hand into the pot? OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. He tells Newsweek Liam's new material is "spectacular" and has already recorded several songs with him.
"One of my writers, Noel Zancanella, who I did a lot of the Taylor Swift stuff with, and some of the Adele stuff that didn’t make the album, he has a huge record on the Liam album. It’s a dance record," Tedder said. "I personally think it’s the biggest one on the album. I’ve heard about three records. I know what the first single is and there’s a lot of fame attached to the first single, I’ll say that.
Tedder could be referring to the Migos-assisted track.
He added: "If you took [One Direction song] 'Story of My Life' and turned it into an album, that’s kind of Niall [Horan]’s direction, right? Zayn obviously went R&B and urban. Harry is classic Britpop; Mott the Hoople meets Robbie Williams—that lane. I like Louis [Tomlinson], but he’s the one I’ve talked to the least. Funnily enough of all the routes that people have taken, the one lane that was left wide open was straight pop. So Liam is pop, and doing it in a fantastic fashion. He has a killer voice. There’s elements of stuff I like from Usher, there’s stuff that’s edgy like The Weeknd…it’s all over the map—it’s pop. It’s really high quality. I’ve only done one song with him that I did with Stargate. I’m cutting another song with him next week. The other one that [Zancanella] did with J Kash, it’s my favorite record I’ve heard. If it’s not a hit I need to clear my ears out—it’s so good."
Lot of hype!