One Direction singer Harry Styles is reportedly keen on ditching Simon Cowell’s record company, launching a bidding war between two major record labels.
Since One Direction announced their hiatus in January, Styles has stayed silent on plans for his solo material.
But a new report in The Sun claims that Styles wants to cut ties with Cowell’s record label Syco, which has represented One Direction since the band were first put together on Cowell’s show ‘The X Factor’ in 2010.
A source said: “Harry wants to move as far away from the band as possible.”
Styles left One Direction’s management firm Modest in February. The firm also represents Little Mix and 5 Seconds Of Summer, but Styles is now represented by American manager Jeff Azoff, whose firm Full Stop Management oversees the careers of Meghan Trainor and Lukas Graham.
Sony – which owns Syco – and Universal are said to be bidding for Styles, with Universal imprint Capitol favourite to sign the singer. Capitol is also home to Katy Perry, Beck and The Beach Boys.
Styles is currently filming his first major acting role, in World War II movie Dunkirk. Helmed by The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, Styles stars as British soldier Tommy opposite Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy and Mark Rylance. It’s due out in July 2017.
Styles will reportedly begin work on his solo material once filming completes on Dunkirk.