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It's official: Harry Styles is headed in a new direction.
E! News has confirmed that the One Direction singer has signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records, the same label behind his group. The news was first reported by Billboard Thursday. Terms of the deal are unknown and there is no timeline for the album, sources said. Styles is the second 1D singer to go solo, following Zayn Malik, who quit the band in 2015.
Styles' new direction shouldn't come as a surprise to fans. Last year, four of his solo songs were registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. And in March, the 22-year-old joined Full Stop Management, headed by former CAA executive Jeffrey Azoff. At the time, One Direction's mentor, Simon Cowell, told Billboard he was unsure if the band would continue after the release of their 2015 album Made in the A.M. "I don't know if it's a hiatus or a breakup, to be honest. In a weird way, I don't want to know," he said. "I don't think they've had enough time to experience what it's like not being in the group to really answer that."