One Direction's Niall Horan Surprises With First Solo Single "This Town"

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The singer also signed a record deal with Capitol Records

One Direction's Niall Horan surprised fans on Thursday with the release of his debut solo single, "This Town." The track bares strong similarities to a 1D acoustic ballad — minus the four-part harmonies, of course.

The song, which Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele) produced, centers on a girl and finds Horan coping with jealousy. Horan, Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer all share songwriting credits.

In addition to the track's release, Horan also announced he has signed with Capitol Records USA. "Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always," Horan said in a press release. "I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together."

Aside from solo material, Horan may be headed for a collaboration with Shawn Mendes as well. Mendes confirmed on The Late Late Show on Wednesday that he and Horan are working up some new material together. He said while the two are rarely in the same city, let alone the same country at the same time, "When I get a second I want to write with him a bunch."

But until their collaboration comes to fruition, check out Horan's stripped-down performance of "This Town" for a new "1 Mic 1 Take" video.

Read the lyrics to "This Town" below.

Waking up to kiss you and nobody's there
The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air

It's Hard

Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round
It's funny how things never change in this old town

So far from the stars

And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

If the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

I saw that you moved on with someone new
In the pub that we met he's got his arms around you

It's so hard

So Hard

And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

Cos if the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I'm next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

And I know that it's wrong
That I can't move on
But there's something about you

If the whole world was watching I'd still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I'm next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

Everything comes back to you

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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