Tick tock.

Tick tock.

Liam Payne is the last of One Direction to release solo material, but we won’t have to wait much longer. Liam posted a shot of himself on Instagram with the caption “The waiting game.” Producer Zedd commented on that post with “the clock is ticking.” It’s a lyric taken from the DJ’s new song “Stay” featuring Alessia Cara, but fans of the former boy bander believe it’s also Zedd’s subtle hint at a collaboration with Payne. This comes on the heels of a report from The Sun, who claim Payne will drop his urban-sounding lead single in June.

Here’s what else we know:

Liam was writing songs for Jennifer Lopez last year. It’s not yet known whether any of his work will make her forthcoming pop album (or vice versa) or if a collaboration ever happened, but it’s a promising start.

■ Republic Records will back the former boy bander in the states.

Capitol UK will handle things overseas.

■ He linked up with Pharrell Williams in the studio. “Liam stopped by my studio,” the “Happy” singer admitted at the time. “I think he’s just genuinely curious about music. He adds: “we have that in common, he’s always wanting to see what’s new and what’s next.”

■ Payne also teased this dreamy snippet.

Will song of the summer belong to Liam and Zedd? Only time will tell…

The waiting game ⌚️……

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