Since 1D began their hiatus in December 2015, each member has ventured into their individual, distinct solo careers. Zayn Malik, who departed from the band first in March 2015, dropped jaws with the infectiously sexy "Pillowtalk." Niall Horan took a more acoustic approach with his album Flicker, while Payne showed his hip-hop side with single "Strip That Down." Harry Styles ruled last summer by topping the Billboard 200 in June with his self-titled debut, as well as scoring an acting role in the Oscar-winning drama Dunkirk.
As for Tomlinson, he's been leaning more into the dance-pop market, teaming up with Steve Aoki for his debut single, "Just Hold On." He has since released three more singles: the Bebe Rexha-assisted "Back to You" -- which marked Tomlinson's highest Billboard Hot 100 peak yet at No. 40 -- and solo tracks "Just Like You" and "Miss You."
In January, Tomlinson assured fans his perfectionism was slowing down the album process.
Although Tomlinson's been fairly hush-hush about the album (he's yet to reveal a title), he told Billboard last August to expect authentic lyricism that shows more sides to the heartthrob.
"The album in general is just very honest and conversational," he said. "In the early sessions I've had, a lot of songwriters love to write about fairytales and situations that just don't really feel like the bands that I grew up listening to. They speak very matter-of-fact and honest, and I think that's cool and that's interesting. Although the fans know loads about me, they'll definitely learn a bit more after the album."
Good things come to those who wait, and hopefully, eager Tomlinson fans won't have to wait too much longer for his album to arrive.