Liam Payne has signed a U.S. music deal with American label Republic Records.

Liam’s band One Direction went on a hiatus last year and the boys have all gone and done their own thing and now Liam’s manager Simon Oliveira has confirmed the 23-year-old is joining the likes of Ariana Grande and Drake at the label.

The label has also revealed that the 1D hunk will be releasing some new music soon.

“With Republic’s track record of launching powerhouse talent in the U.S. 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 U.K. label to launch and shepherd Liam’s solo career,” Simon said in a statement.

Monte Lipman, Republic Record’s co-founder and chief executive officer, is feeling confident about the signing too.

“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,” Monte said. “We’re honoured by Liam’s decision to join Republic Records, and have extremely high expectations for his solo career.”

Liam’s announcement follows the release of his former bandmate Niall Horan’s surprise solo track, This Town, on Capitol Records earlier this month (Oct16) and former member Zayn Malik’s album release too.

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