Former One Direction member Liam Payne has confirmed that he will finally release his highly anticipated debut solo album this September.
Payne made the announcement after helping kick off Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in New York’s Central Park with a performance featuring Colombian reggae singer J Balvin. The singer performed his high-energy, Latin-inspired collaboration “Familiar” with Balvin, along with his own solo hit “Strip That Down.”
— Liam (@LiamPayne) May 15, 2018
“It is out on the 14th of September, I can tell you that much,” Payne revealed to the crowd of fans. “I’m really happy with it, it’s come out really nice.” The 24-year-old U.K. singer-songwriter also hinted that his solo album doesn’t mean the end of One Direction.
“I miss being with the boys; that was so much fun. But I’m sure there’s time for that to come back around. And the more success we have on our own, the more success we’re going to have together in the future,” said Payne. Does this mean that a One Direction reunion might be on the horizon? 1D fans can only hope.
Other than the release date, Payne didn’t give any further details in regards to the album title and who will be featured on it, but he did mention that he’s got a “good mix of beautiful people” on the record. The former boybander previously teamed up with Quavo for his debut single “Strip That Down,” Rita Ora for “For You,” Zedd for “Get Low,” and most recently, Balvin.
If his past singles are any indication, it’s expected his debut album will include a mix of more club-friendly collaborations, ballads, and sultry slow jams.
Since their hiatus in December 2015, every One Direction member has ventured into their own individual music careers. Yet out of all his former bandmates’ solo careers, Payne still holds the crown for most successful post-One Direction single thanks to triple-Platinum hit “Strip That Down,” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran. Although Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk,” Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands,” Louis Tomlinson’s “Back to You,” and Harry Styles’ “Sign of Times,” were all mega hits, none of the singles compared to the chart success of Payne’s.