Which solo newcomer will dominate the rest of 2018: Liam Payne or Louis Tomlinson?
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Which solo newcomer will dominate the rest of 2018: Liam Payne or Louis Tomlinson?

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Former One Direction members Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan—in that order—released chart-topping debut solo albums in the last two years. Directioners are anxiously awaiting Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson's solo projects, but the two are teasing fans with pure pop fire in the interim. Liam dropped a few bangers in 2017, including the top 10 Hot 100 hit "Strip That Down." And Louis' first two collaborations peaked in the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Who will dominate the rest of 2018? 🎤

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At the height of both Niall and Harry's solo superstardom in 2017, Liam burst onto the scene with "Strip That Down." The song would go on to become Liam's first top 10 hit in the United States. Since then, he's released "Get Low" with Zedd, "Bedroom Floor," and "For You" with Rita Ora for the "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack. Fans are waiting patiently while Liam finds his footing. And we can definitely expect even more hot music from him in 2018.

According to Billboard, the album will drop in September. Liam said:

"It is out on the 14th of September, I can tell you that much," Payne revealed. "I'm really happy with it, it's come out really nice." 

Check out the video for "Strip That Down" below.

Louis has been blowing up the charts in the U.K. "Just Hold On," produced by Steve Aoki, peaked at #2 and "Back to You," featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart. While he's cracked the top 40 with "Back to You," Louis still has to break into the U.S. pop market as a solo artist, but 2018 seems like his year to do that.

He's been hard at work on his debut album and it'll definitely drop this year. Back in January, a fan asked what was taking so long on Twitter and Louis tweeted in response: "I’m a perfectionist so things are taking a little longer. Few more songs to add! Believe me I’m as impatient as you all are ! Big love." Fans will have to "just hold on" in 2018... for perfection!

According to Billboard, the album is on its way:

Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne are the two remaining One Direction members who have yet to release a solo album, but it appears Tomlinson's might not be too far away. The oldest of the boy band tweeted Tuesday (Apr. 3) that his first LP is "all [he's] been working towards over the last two years."
Although Tomlinson didn't reveal how close the project is to finished or anything about an actual release date, he seems more than eager for the time to come. "Can't wait for the day to finally release this album," he wrote.

Check out the music video for "Just Hold On" below.

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