Liam Payne launches solo career with Capitol Records deal

The One Direction singer announced the decision on Twitter

One Direction singer Liam Payne is set to launch a solo career after signing a deal with Capitol Records.

The singer announced the deal on Twitter earlier today – and said he was excited to start work on his debut solo record.

He said: “Happy to have signed to @CapitolUK. They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”

Further elaborating in a statement, he said: “‘I’m really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK. Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of their story.”

But he was quick to dismiss any speculation about the future of One Direction, and said the group will ‘always be family’ to him.

In a statement, Capitol Records UK President Nick Raphael said: “Capitol Records UK are incredibly excited to be working with Liam.

“It’s not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22 year old who has already conquered the world.”

Payne’s deal follows in the success of former 1D singer Zayn Malik, who released debut album ‘Mind of Mine’ earlier this year.

Former One Direction bandmate Harry Styles is also believed to have signed a record deal too, but is currently preoccupied with filming for a role in ‘Dunkirk’, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War Two epic.