Niall Horan Drops First Solo Single ‘This Town’

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One Direction star Niall Horan released his first-ever solo single titled “This Town.” Unlike his former fellow boy-bander Zayn Malik’s R&B and electronic leanings, Horan’s standalone song hints that he’s crafting a more stripped down, folk sound for his solo career.

The track is a ballad ruminating on an ended relationship, offering the 23-year-old plenty of room to explore his impressive range.

“I’m excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song,” Horan said in a press release, via Idolator. “Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always. I’m looking forward to the next part of this journey together.”

To mark the occasion, the young crooner released a black-and-white video featuring a performance of the new single at Capitol Records’ studios in Los Angeles, CA.

There’s no word on when Horan will release his solo album as of now.