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Liam Payne

Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA
As Payne readies his debut, he has a strong tailwind from lead single "Strip That Down," an Ed Sheeran co-write that reached Number One on the American pop radio chart. That track featured an interpolation of Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" and a guest verse from Quavo of Migos, and Payne-iacs can expect more of the same on the singer's upcoming album. "I didn't really want to nail myself down so … [I made] some super urban tracks and a lot of trap music," Payne told iHeart's Olivia Jones. But he also plans to appease fans hoping for some more traditional One Direction fare. "It's really important to do something that you want to do, but you can't forget your fan base, you can't forget your roots," Payne explained to Entertainment Weekly. "The hardest part of the job for me," he added, "is waiting for the next song to come out."

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