Liam Payne Explains Why He's Been Away From Music For So Long in 'First Stream Live' Podcast: Listen

Liam Payne
Jason Hetherington

Liam Payne

Liam Payne opened up in the latest episode of Billboard’s First Stream Live podcast on Friday (Sept. 20) about his new single “Stack It Up” and the reasons it took a full year for the song to drop.

Earlier this week, the former One Directioner unveiled his latest track featuring a gleefully materialistic guest feature from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, complete with a colorful arcade-set music video.

According to Payne, the follow-up to his debut solo EP First Time (released last August) took so long due to a perfect storm of unfortunate timing and label politics. 

“We literally did the song with Boogie and then we found out that he had a song on Ed Sheeran’s album, so it was like, ‘Okay, we’ll just have to wait for that to go by,’ he tells Billboard. “And after that, he had a song that was coming out, so we waited for that to go by, and then there was some sort of weird thing that happened with some sort of Grammy nomination week thing that happened when there was a date in place, and everyone was rushing for the date and I was like, ‘I want no part in this, I feel like Grammys are a while away for me yet, so I’m just going to avoid that at all costs.’ So we just got some time, which was great."

During the episode, hosts Chelsea Briggs and Fernando Ventura also discuss the latest releases by Maroon 5, Celine Dion, Zac Brown Band and more.

Check out the latest episode of Billboard’s First Stream Live podcast below.