One Direction haven’t even officially begun their hiatus yet, but anyone already missing the group can take solace from the fact that solo material from Harry Styles could be coming sooner than any of us expected.
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At least four songs have been registered under Harry’s name with the Amercian Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), according to The Telegraph, prompting speculation the long-haired singer could be going solo in 2016.
Harry is listed as a co-writer on all of the tracks, with titles including ‘Already Home’, ‘Coco’, ‘5378 Miles’ and ‘Wake Up The Sun’.
Also listed as writers on the handful of songs include Snow Patrol musicians Gary Lightbody and John McDaid, while British singer/songwriter Gary Go is also credited as a collaborator.
Also among the song titles are ‘Endlessly’, ‘Long Time Ago’ and, promisingly, ‘This Is The Start’.
Away from 1D, Harry previously co-wrote ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart’ with songwriter Johan Carlsson, a track which appeared on Ariana Grande’s album, ‘My Everything’, last year.
One Direction confirmed earlier this year that 2016 would see them taking some time away from the spotlight, after five years of almost-constant recording and promotional touring, since their time on the ‘X Factor’.
Next year is also expected to see the solo debut of Zayn Malik, who quit the boyband in March.
Although he said at the time he was leaving the band so he could lead the life of a “normal 22-year-old”, he later signed a deal with RCA Records, and recently teased his first solo offering, ‘Befour’.
He said of his upcoming release: “I don’t feel like people really know what I’m going to give them, musically. And once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more, and they’ll understand why I did what I did, and why I left the band, and why I had to write this shit down.
“Because for five - not even for five years, for ten years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.”