LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Liam Payne of One Direction performs on stage as part of Apple Music Festival at The Roundhou
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The One Direction boys are all flapping their wings, leaving the nest and soaring: Liam Payne is the latest 1D member to sign a major label solo deal, inking with Capitol and announcing the news on Thursday.

Assuming Payne’s label deal is with Capitol worldwide and not just in the U.K., the 1D member joins a roster that includes Katy Perry5 Seconds of SummerTori Kelly and Sam Smith, among others. Does this deal lead to a proper Liam Payne solo record, or does Big Payno continue his work as a producer? We’ll see soon enough.

Last month, Harry Styles signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, although there’s no timeline of a solo release for the 1D heartthrob. Zayn Malik’s debut album, Mind of Mine, was released in March.

Check out the evolution of One Direction in photos below: