By Robyn Collins

One Direction’s Liam Payne has announced the beginning of his solo career. The singer has shared in a statement that he signed with Republic Records.

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The boy band superstar has a number of songwriting and creative credits with 1D. The group sold over 20 million albums worldwide, received six BRIT Awards, seven American Music Awards, 11 MTV Europe Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and 27 Teen Choice Awards.

Liam’s manager, Simon Oliveira, Co-Founder of Doyen Global, says, “With Republic’s track record of launching powerhouse talent in the US including superstars like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Lorde, and countless others, I am more than confident we have assembled the best possible team alongside Capitol’s UK label to launch and shepherd Liam’s solo career.”

Republic Records Co-Founder and C.E.O. Monte Lipman comments, “Being a member of the most successful group of the last decade, Liam has a tremendous opportunity to make an even greater impact on pop culture. We’re honored by LIAM’s decision to join Republic Records, and have extremely high expectations for his solo career.”

The released also promises that new music is coming soon.


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