Liam Payne announces solo deal with Capitol Records UK

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One Direction's Liam Payne has signed a solo deal with Capitol Records UK and will soon be entering the studio to record his first album. The 22-year-old artist excitedly revealed the news through his Twitter account on Thursday, July 21.

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"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," Payne said in a statement. "One Direction will always be my family; I'm now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist."

The news release also notes that Payne has "assembled a brand new management team around him," with more details to come.

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Capitol Records UK president Nick Raphael also expressed his excitement for the deal. "Capitol Records UK are incredibly excited to be working with Liam," Raphael said in a statement. "It's not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22 year old who has already conquered the world."

Since One Direction was formed on The X Factor in 2010, One Direction racked up four No. 1 albums and one No. 2 album with 2015's Made in the A.M., all released via Sony Music's Columbia label in partnership with Simon Cowell's Syco.

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 15: (L-R) Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage at Century Link Field on July 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
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