Zayn Malik is reportedly releasing a solo album under Simon Cowell's record label, Syco! According to The Sun, the singer is set to drop his post-One Direction debut in 2016.
"Zayn is now the most in-demand solo artist in the world. There's huge excitement as he's the first member who will be able to release on their own," their source said.
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"Simon was very understanding about him leaving the band but quickly made it clear he would stay a Syco artist for his future projects. He’ll now be able to make sure any releases are timed so they don’t clash with anything by One Direction."
Simon seemed very supportive of his choice to leave the band — and maybe it's because he knew Zayn would still be making music under his label. If this is true, at least we wouldn't have to worry about him competing with 1D. That might be awkward! We've seen him in the studio already, so it sounds like he's getting straight to work.
Do you think Zayn will release a solo album in 2016? Do you think he actually signed with Simon? Tell us in the comments!