Sony wants to sign Harry Styles to solo deal: Report

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Following reports of a 2016 hiatus for One Direction (which Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson confirmed with tweets), The Sun reports that Sony is trying to sign Harry Styles to a "mega deal." Sony did not immediately reply to Billboard's request for confirmation.

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The Sun notes that top execs at Sony have made launching Styles' solo career their top priority for 2016. "Harry has always been One Direction's most popular member and it's obvious that we want to secure him -- he's a global superstar," an anonymous Sony insider told The Sun. "Zayn will get to release an album first, as he left the band earlier, but the most excitement is about what Harry is going to do. Everyone wants to know what his solo material will sound like, there's also a lot of pressure to get it right."

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One Direction member Harry Styles attends an event for their film "One Direction:This Is Us," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Amy Adams' Episode 1672 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Adams and One Direction members Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan on December 18, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
One Direction member Harry Styles arrives at the Cannes festival palace, to take part in the NRJ Music awards ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Cannes, southeastern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles of One Direction, Liam Payne, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Steve Carell -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1649 -- Pictured: (l-r) Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan of One Direction -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Harry Styles component from the British band One Direction receives the prize to best music video during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, components from the British band One Direction during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson components from the British band One Direction pose for photographers during a photocall before the gala of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP Photo / Abraham Caro Marin)
Harry Styles poses for photographers upon arrival at The British Fashion Awards 2014, in London, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Boy band One Direction, from left to right, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles arrive for the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards in Sydney, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Harry Styles arrives at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, of the musical group One Direction, winner of the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group, poses in the press room at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of the musical group One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction accepts the award for favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction accepts the award for favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, from left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of the musical group One Direction accept the award for pop/rock band, duo or group on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, left, and Niall Horan of the musical group One Direction accept the award for pop/rock band, duo or group on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction appear on NBC's Today Show to release their new album 'Four' at Universal City Walk At Universal Orlando on November 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with Harry Styles of the boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance, in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Yui Mok, pool)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge smles as she meets Harry Styles of One Direction, right, as Simon Cowell looks on at the end the Royal Variety Performance, in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Yui Mok, pool)
One Direction's Harry Styles arrives with bandmates to the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP)
From left, One direction band members Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan accept the Global Success award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
English Singer of One Direction Harry Styles attending the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Show at London Fashion Week at Perks Field, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 on February 17,2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss /Invision/AP)
British band One Direction, from left, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson arrive at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles arrives at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
British singer Harry Styles arrives at the London Coliseum for the 2013 British Fashion Awards, in central London, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Nov. 26, 2013 file photo shows One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan on ABC's "Good Morning America"in New York. A representative for One Direction says the band’s lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an “illegal substance.” British tabloid The Daily Mail posted a five-minute clip Tuesday, May 27, 2014, of Zayn Malik smoking and speaking with Louis Tomlinson, who is filming. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
One Direction members, from left, Niall Horan and Harry Styles perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles from One Direction performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction performs on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, pose for photos during an event for their film "One Direction: This Is US," in Makuhari, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Over the weekend, a One Direction spokesperson said they won't comment on "speculation." One Direction are currently touring until October. Their fifth studio album is expected in November.

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