Here’s another clue that One Direction may never ever be getting back together again. Liam Payne has signed with Republic Records at Universal Music Group to begin his solo career.
That makes Liam the second member of the group to leave Sony for Universal. Niall Horan’s new single is licensed to Capitol Records, also at Universal.
Zayn Malik is signed to RCA, which is part of Sony. Harry Styles recently signed with Columbia Records at Sony. That makes Louis Tomlinson the sole holdout for a solo career.
One Direction, of course, is contracted to Sony, which one day will want a reunion album if all these solo plans go awry.
So far, Zayn– who ditched the group first– has had the most success with a hit single “PillowTalk” and a so so hit with his first album. Niall has a single out now called “This Town” that’s struggling on radio. Styles has postponed his music debut to make a movie first. He’s got a part in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.”