Harry Styles’ Solo Debut “Close” To Being Ready

Christina Lee | February 11, 2017 10:59 am
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At last, Harry Styles is almost ready to make his solo debut. “We’re close and we’re very excited,” Rob Stringer, incoming Sony Music CEO, tells Billboard. “We have a record we’re incredibly excited about and it’s not far away from being ready.”

Since One Direction went on hiatus, Harry has seemingly been more active in Hollywood than in music. This summer he makes his acting debut in World War II drama Dunkirk, and last summer, he was cast as Mick Jagger in a upcoming Rolling Stones biopic. The last update about his solo output actually came courtesy of Robbie Williams.

“Last year I tried to work with Bruno Mars – didn’t hear anything back. Tried to work with Max Martin – didn’t hear anything back. They literally didn’t return my calls,” Robbie said. “Then I met Harry Styles in an airport. ‘Oh, you’re writing, Harry? Great, who with?’ He goes: ‘Well, I just spent a week with Bruno Mars, and I’m about to spend a week with Max Martin.’”

But Stringer, who is moving on from being CEO/chairman of Columbia, assures that the wait for Harry’s solo output will be worth it.

“We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he’s here to stay,” he says. “Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who’s authentic.”

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