UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 15: Liam Payne has remained awfully quiet since One Direction's dissolution. We know he signed with Capitol Records (see the update below) and is currently recording. Here's an update from the pop star:
EARLIER // JULY 21:
Liam Payne just announced his solo music career.
Payne joins Zayn Malik in the venture to pursue singing careers outside of One Direction. On Thursday (July 21), rumors swirled Payne would join Capitol, then mere hours later the former boy-bander took it upon himself to confirm the news.
"Very happy to have signed to my new record label Capitol Records," he wrote. "They have such an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in the footsteps. One direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings."
Last month, it was reported Harry Styles signed a $75-80 million deal with Columbia Records for three albums.