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One Direction have spent the last five years making "a whole lot of history", but as the final scene in their last music video for some time showed, they're all about to embark on their own solo journeys.

And let's be honest: while Zayn Malik may be playing the fashionista game like a pro, the mainstream spotlight is shining brightest on Harry Styles. The weight of expectation lies on the long-haired lothario the heaviest, but he's been preparing for this moment for some time already.

So with that in mind, here's everything we know about Harry's inevitable debut solo album so far, from romantic duets to movie star ambitions.
Harry Styles album release date: It's looking like it'll be 2017

Considering One Direction's hiatus came into effect in March 2016, from that point on they are free to push forward with solo careers.

Harry immediately got himself some new management, dropping Modest and signing up with top American agent Jeffrey Azoff. Reports suggested the pair were even considering investing in their own management company, giving Harry even more control over his own career.
Shortly after the management switch, it was announced that Harry had sorted himself out with his own publicity too. The 22-year-old has signed to Dawbell as a soloist. The agency deal with press for a range of pop acts, including Sir Paul McCartney, Take That and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Then there was his megabucks move to Columbia Records. It means Harry will stay within the Sony Music family, but at a reported cost to the label of $80 million (£60 million) for three albums. Analysts have concluded that he would have to sell 5 million albums for Sony to break even. No pressure, Hazza.

Despite sorting out the structure of his solo career rather swiftly, Digital Spy have learned that it's unlikely we'll get a debut album this year. Team Styles are eyeing up a 2017 rollout.

However, at the end of September Harry debuted three new covers for Another Man magazine in the UK. Of courser this triggered hysteria amongst Directioners and amassed millions of likes within hours.

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