That Louis Tomlinson formerly off of One Direction will release his debut album via Sony Music’s Epic Records.
We know this because Epic tweeted on Friday: “We’re THRILLED to welcome @Louis_Tomlinson to the Epic family!” And they included a photo of the 1D boy himself in a bright red tracksuit, so we know they mean business.
Tomlinson himself then retweeted the Epic tweet adding a sunglasses emoji. And that, I’m pretty sure, constitutes a binding contract in 2017.
It means that three fifths of One Direction are now working with Sony labels on solo releases – Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik – which only seems fair, given it was the Sony-controlled chemicals facility Syco Inc that manufactured the pop product to start with.
Meanwhile, ungrateful shits Liam Payne and Niall Horan are working with Universal Music labels on their solo output.
Tomlinson recently said in an interview that he originally expected to take on a behind-the-scenes music business role once One Direction went on hiatus, but then he started working on solo material. The first solo release was his collaboration with Steve Aoki, ‘Just Hold On’, put out by the also Sony-allied Ultra Records last December.