What does this mean for One Direction?!
In a surprising decision, it looks like Harry Styles has bid farewell to One Direction’s management team at Modest Management, moving to Jeffrey Azoff at CAA.
Modest confirmed the move in a statement provided to Billboard. “We wish Harry the very best. It has been a real pleasure working with him,” said Modest execs Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee. “Harry is a total gentleman, and we know our good friend Jeffrey Azoff will look after him. We look forward to sharing some great wine with them next time we are in L.A.”
According to an earlier report in The Sun newspaper, Styles’ new team is working on launching the artist’s solo career “by around this time next year.” Whether that involves retaining Simon Cowell’s Syco Music as his U.K. label remains to be seen, though sources told the tabloid that “he wants to completely disassociate with [One Direction] and that includes any professional connection.”