Word of mouth is that Nathan Sykes has an album on the way. And by "word of mouth," I mean that there's a new interview with the former member of The Wanted where he confirms the news himself. So, it's really not word of mouth at all. Moving on!
Speaking to Hunger TV, Sykes says that his debut effort as a solo artist will hopefully come out by the end of 2015. Just in case that's too long to wait, he promises that the LP's first single will drop sometime in the "first few months of the year."
What does the as yet untitled album sound like? The Hunger TV team report that it's got "catchy pop beats and funk-tinged melodies."
Although Nathan himself describes it as a "pop album" overall, he says that it has: "elements of soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop, some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well."
Will one of those piano ballads be about Sykes' split from ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande? The "Walks Like Rihanna" singer confirmed to The Sun that there is at least one song on the album about the past relationship.
"The most emotional song [on the album] is about me telling myself not to be angry at the break-up because sometimes things just don’t work out," he told the paper.
"The time we broke up was really tough. The Wanted decided to take a break and I lost my grandad. I was not in the best place. She was my first grown up relationship. But sometimes you have to go into a place like that to be able to find the best music out of it."
Collaborators on the album include Diane Warren and Babyface, along with executive producer Harmony Samuels, who co-wrote Nathan's 2013 duet with Ariana, "Almost Is Never Enough."