The artist will soon enter the studio to record his first solo album.
He is the first One Directioner not to re-sign with a Sony label, after Zayn Malik inked a solo deal with RCA and Harry Styles was snapped up by Columbia.
Payne, who has sold over 20 million albums as part of One Direction, has hired a new management team, more details of which will be announced in due course.
Nick Raphael, President, Capitol Records UK said today: “Capitol Records UK are incredibly excited to be working with Liam.
“It’s not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22-year-old who has already conquered the world.”
Nick Raphael, Capitol Records UK
“It’s not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22 year old who has already conquered the world.”
Payne – pictured second from left – said; “I’m really happy to have signed to such a prestigious label as Capitol Records UK.
“Capitol Records has an amazing history stretching right back before even Frank Sinatra and I’m really looking forward to becoming part of their story.
“One Direction will always be my family; I’m now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist.”Music Business Worldwide