Is One Direction over? Really? A hashtag, #OneDirectionIsOverParty, is trending on Twitter, with 419K tweets and counting, but the tweets seem to be an ongoing debate rather than a statement of fact.
Liam Payne recently signed a solo album deal with Capitol Records UK, according to E! Online. Fans are distraught, thinking this is the end for One Direction, but there has been no announcement of 1D breaking up.
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With Harry Styles busy making his new movie, Dunkirk, it’s easy to see fans getting concerned. Plus, Harry’s Columbia record deal could take years to fulfill. Dunkirk filming could be completed by November of this year. Harry agreed to produce three solo albums for $80 million in a contract with Columbia Records, according to the Daily Mail, but it is rumored the timetable for those is open.
One Direction could get back together, produce an album, and tour after Liam Payne tours with his album and between Harry Styles’ first and second album if the group agreed, or between the second and third.
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Zayn Malik left the band, but told Billboard in January he’d be interested in a reunion tour with One Direction.
“If the time was right and that was the thing to do, then I would make that decision when it came around.”
One Direction fans should know that members producing their own material, and finding their own direction in music, do not end a band in most cases. Marty Friedman produced a solo album while with Megadeth. The Rolling Stones certainly survived Bill Wyman’s solo album. Many of the Who members recorded solo albums. The A.V. Club confirms many band members produce solo material without breaking up the group.
Harry Styles isn’t breaking up One Direction by taking some time to produce his own music. Liam Payne isn’t voting to end the band with his contract, either.
Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson will work on their own individual aspirations, as well. Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are expanding their style, looking for a more individual sound and developing their talents. When and if they do come back together, each member will have something new and unique to offer.
One Direction does not have to break up just because members want to make solo albums. Working individually can actually strengthen a band, not break it up. It certainly isn’t an automatic break up for members to take some time off to do solo material or spend time with family. Bands that endure do not tour every year, or even every two years. It is perfectly fine to take years off. Bands that have endured through decades took long breaks.
Zayn Malik could return with the rest of the band once everyone has made one album or two or three. All the band members want to explore, build their own musical talents, and stop the breakneck pace of producing an album and a world tour every single year. That pace is just too crazy to last. It exhausts performers and leaves them with no time to develop their style, or evolve.
One Direction is not just Harry Styles and Liam Payne though. Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have time on their hands and will probably get busy making music soon. That is only sensible if the desire is there. Why not use the time while Harry and Liam are busy.
One Direction need not break up for Harry Styles and Liam Payne to produce solo albums, and eventually Zayn Malik could return with them.
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