Sony Wants to Sign Harry Styles to Solo Deal: Report

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Harry Styles performs onstage during One Direction's "On the Road Again" tour opener at Qualcomm Stadium on July 9, 2015 in San Diego, California.  

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.”

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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