But in the meantime, Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik are all achieving great success with their solo material. (Liam Payne, who recently welcomed a son named Bear with singer Cheryl, is also working on solo material.)
So who has had the most success so far outside the group?
Malik, whose hit song “Pillow Talk,” was released in January 2016, has had over 520 million streams on Spotify; his Taylor Swift duet, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” has seen over 425 million streams. His debut album, Mind of Mine, released in March 2016, also debuted at No. 1.
Horan, who just dropped a new single on May 4th called “Slow Hands,” also saw great success with his debut single “This Town,” amassing over 156 million Spotify streams so far. And Tomlinson’s collaboration with Steve Aoki, “Just Hold On,” has amassed over 200 million streams on Spotify.
And Styles, whose debut single “Sign of the Times” was incredibly well-received, isn’t doing so bad himself, considering his solo endeavor has only been around for three weeks. Released on April 7, the song already has 63 million streams. His debut album will be released on May 12.