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Niall Horan Wants to Drop His Solo Debut By 'Early Summer,' But Won't Name His Least-Favorite 1D Member: Watch

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Niall Horan performs during The Late Late Show with James Corden on Oct. 26, 2016. 

Niall Horan has been super busy. Though it seemed like the Irish crooner from One Direction was laying low since the group went on hiatus earlier this year, the 23-year-old has actually been traveling the world and getting things lined up to record his debut solo album.

Horan dropped by The Late Late Show on Wednesday night (Oct. 26) to fill in host James Corden on his adventures and his plans to break free from the 1D orbit. "'This Town' was probably the first song that I've actually completely finished," Niall said of the surprise solo single he dropped on fans last month. 

"I've only recently got a producer," he added, without naming his collaborator. "I've written all the songs and I've only recently got a producer to do the whole thing. All next month I'm going to be locked in a studio starting from scratch recording vocals, guitars all the rest. Hopefully I'll be bringing it out early summer next year I'd like to think. "

 

If you're wondering what else Horan has been up to since 1D's hiatus began, the singer said he and some cousins took a long backpacking trip across Southeast Asia. "It was an unbelievable experience and obviously something that I always kind of wanted to do but never had a chance to do because I was... doing other things, I was doing something else," he said. The singer and his crew began in Australia, then made their way up through Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. "We stayed in some s--tholes," he noted of the less-than-five-star accommodations.

And, in a gross game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts," Horan was teamed with actress Isla Fisher and faced with downing a disgusting salmon smoothie. "I don't know what I'm more nervous about, the question or the smoothie," Horan said, laughing nervously. "Who is your least favorite member of One Direction?," Corden asked with a smile. 

Without missing a beat, Horan quickly reached for the glass of viscous pink liquid, uttered a bleeped curse, put the glass back down and considered "just taking the hit" from British tabloids and answering the question as Fisher graciously offered to support him and placed a napkin under his chin. "For future life, yeah, I think I'll go with this." 

Watch the disgusting results:

Oh, and after making his solo U.S. TV debut earlier in the day on Ellen, Horan played "This Town" for Corden as well.