Are One Direction’s Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, And Now Niall Fleeing Simon Cowell? Niall Signs Contract With Capitol

One Direction’s Niall Horan just signed a record deal with Capitol and Simon Cowell is disappointed and upset, to say the least. Cowell had plans to make Niall the next Justin Beiber according to a source for the Sun.

“Simon has made no secret of his expectations for Niall to stay loyal to him and has been desperately trying to keep him as a solo act with plans to turn him into a Justin Bieber style artist.”

Perhaps, Niall Horan didn’t want to be a Justin Bieber clone? Transitioning from being a teen pop star into an adult pop star isn’t easy, but people do get older, and career longevity is the goal. Niall has taken his fate into his own hands and chosen his own path for maturing as an artist.

One Direction One by one has left Simon Cowell’s Syco records and Modest Management in favor of other management and labels for their solo careers. Before fans panic, solo careers do not in any way preclude the band reuniting later. All this probably just means the individual members are getting out from under the control of Syco.

Zayn Malik shocked the world when he left 1D in March 2015. Zayn then signed a global recording contract with RCA in July 2015.

Harry Styles signed a three-album solo contract with Capitol UK a year later; Styles still has an additional contract with Sony.

Liam Payne signed his own contract with Capitol just a few short weeks after Harry.

Niall Horan signed a contract with Capitol, which is now a subsidiary of Universal, just a few days ago.

Louis Tomlinson is the Only One Direction member not to sign a solo contract, perhaps because he has not been focused on music lately. Louis hasn’t been working on music and has been enjoying fatherhood with little baby Freddie.

One Direction does seem to be leaving Syco, Modest Management, and Simon Cowell behind. Maybe that was the purpose of the hiatus all along. Well, that and the fact they were all exhausted from five years on an insane tour schedule.

Zayn Malik has been the most outspoken against Syco and Modest management. In a 2015 interview with the Fader, Zayn explained the entire problem, but people misinterpreted his remarks as throwing shade at 1D. Zayn also complained on Twitter that he wasn’t allowed to be himself.

Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and the rest of the band were not in control of how often they were scheduled to perform. Not wanting to disappoint their fans, they worked and traveled almost constantly. They had little to no free time.

Niall Horan is enjoying golf [Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images]
Zayn Malik didn’t like the music they were performing. Zayn didn’t like his clothes, his hair or his lack of a beard. He felt he could not be himself according to Fader.

Harry Styles complained that although One Direction were as popular as the Beatles were in their day, musically the Beatles were far superior. Harry also complained there was no time and no encouragement to develop more advanced musical styles.

Niall Horan said he got tired of traveling around and never getting to experience the cities and exotic countries they band passed through.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik [Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images]
Were One Direction under strict control in their music, their professional image, and their personal lives? Were they held captive to the tastes of Simon Cowell and other record company executives in every aspect of their lives?

Zayn Malik explained to Fader and in other interviews during his early solo career that he felt repressed. He wasn’t allowed to grow a beard or choose his own clothes or hairstyles. He wasn’t allowed to take a bluesy tone in his singing either. His voice had to come out vanilla, or they’d do retakes till he got it.

One Direction band members, since the hiatus, have blossomed into their own images, no longer forced to fit any stereotypes.


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Niall Horan took a good long break before embarking on his recording career. He traveled the world with friends, went to sports events and played golf.

Louis Tomlinson has been completely devoted to his personal life. He is raising his son, and dating his girlfriend, and seeing his family.

Harry Styles is being a reclusive workaholic, at least from a fan’s point of view. He’s just finished making a movie. That took seven months. He’s also been recording music and trying to come up with a new signature sound that could revolutionize pop music.

Zayn Malik has been spending a lot of time with his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. He recorded an album that suits his own tastes and is currently touring as a solo act. Though he is having some problems with anxiety before really huge shows, he is slowly learning to with it.

Liam Payne has kept the guys unified through this hiatus, keeping up with each one, but even he has signed a solo recording contract.

One Direction does plan to reunite in the summer of next year, but the rules they work under might have to be very different.

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and perhaps even Zayn Malik still plan to reunite in the summer of 2017, but they might take One Direction in a better direction.

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