It is finally the time for a One Direction comeback… of solo music. Did you think the band was getting back together? Sorry to disappoint, but not quite yet. Instead, within the next 3-4 months we are getting solo albums from all members of the band: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan.
A little backstory for you, in case you nothing about One Direction, the band was formed back in 2010 on The X-Factor in the UK. The band’s popularity quickly grew as the band of 5, including ex-member Zayn Malik, consecutively toured and created music. After a little over 5 years the band decided they needed a break after 4 headlining tours and 5 albums back to back. Who could blame them for wanting a break? They were constantly on the go until December of 2015 when the band gave their last performance where it all started, The X-Factor. Since then each member has ventured into their own music making as soloists, which I say is interesting to see as they all seem to have darted into completely different directions with their music styles, with all releasing new albums in the next few months.
Liam Payne’s solo career began in early 2017 with the release hit of “Strip that Down” featuring rapper Quavo, his most successful single to date. Over the past two years, Payne has released single after single with collaborations from many other artists, such as Zedd, Rita Ora, and French Montana with “Get Low,” “For You,” and “First Time” respectively. For nearly 3 years, Payne released 8 singles and performed in multiple shows, but no official first album. That is until this month. Payne’s first official solo album, LP1, will be released on December 6, 2019. It will feature many of his released singles from the past few years, and some new songs to keep Payne’s hip hop style of genre.
Similar to Payne, Harry Styles’ solo career started in early 2017 with the release of his first solo single “Sign of the Times.” Shortly after the release of the single, however, came Styles’ self-titled album dropped with a heavy classic and soft rock influence, vastly different from Payne’s hip hop style. With Styles’ new album came the release of two more singles, “Two Ghosts” and “Kiwi” and a headlining tour throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia with Kacey Musgraves. After the end of the tour in July of 2018, Styles took a break from the Hollywood scene once more to focus on new music, which has recently been released. Styles returned to the music scene with smash hits “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar” which will be featured on his upcoming album Fine Line releasing on December 13, 2019, just one week after Payne.
Louis Tomlinson began his solo career a little earlier than Payne and Styles with his first single release of “Just Hold On” in December of 2016 in honor of his mother who had passed. Like Payne, Tomlinson has only released singles over the years, with hits including “Back to You” featuring Bebe Rexha and “Miss You.” A couple more recent hits include “Kill My Mind,” “We Made It,” and “Don’t Let it Break Your Heart,” which all will be featured on his first official album Walls set to be released on January 31, 2020. Following the release of his first album, Tomlinson will hit the road on his own headlining tour. Tomlinson will travel to 17 different countries over 5 months to promote and celebrate his first solo album with his own style of the EDM and pop genres.
Niall Horan started his solo career before any of the other boys in September of 2016 with the release of “This Town.” Soon after came the hit “Slow Hands” which led to the release of his first solo album Flicker, with classic rock and folk influences, in October of 2017. Horan then embarked on his own headlining tour, Flicker Sessions, with singer Maren Morris, whom Horan collaborated with on the song “Seeing Blind.” After the tour, Horan took time to write his second album, with the lead single “Nice to Meet Ya” debuting this past October. A specific date has not been released yet as to when we will hear the second album, but Horan has announced the Nice to Meet Ya Tour beginning in April of 2020 with upcoming singer Lewis Capaldi.