Syco Music is a British record label formed by Simon Cowell in May 2002. Syco Music has offices in London and Los Angeles and is the current UK label One Direction is signed to. Syco has experienced most success within the UK music market. From 2002 until present, Syco has experienced 33 UK number-one singles (44 worldwide total), with 7 from One Direction.   Numerous former clients of Syco have complained to media about the restrictions placed on them by the label and being subjected to bullying from Simon Cowell, as well as being creatively "shelved" (unable to record but unable to leave the label)[1][2][3][4].

As of October 2016, Zayn, Niall and Liam are no longer affiliated with Syco Music. Zayn exited One Direction on March 25, 2015 and signed with RCA Records on July 29, 2015. Liam announced a solo deal with Capitol Records UK on July 21, 2016 and Republic Records on October 17, 2016. Niall also announced a solo record deal with Capitol Records on September 29, 2016. Liam and Niall did not exit One Direction.


Current Artists

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Relationship With One Direction

During The X Factor (U.K)'s seventh season, creator and judge Simon Cowell felt there were not enough groups to proceed through from bootcamp to the judge's houses round. He and the other two judges - Pussycat Dolls' singer Nicole Sherzinger and music manager Louis Walsh, decided to bring previously ten eliminated male and female solo artists back, and allow them to continue competing, on the basis that they continue as two groups. After One Direction's live judge's house performance of Natalie Imbruglia's hit single "Torn", Cowell told the band "My head says no but my heart says yes. I'm going with my heart, you're through".  

Despite being the favorites to win, One Direction ultimately placed third in the seventh season's grand finale. Cowell told the audience there were "good things ahead for these boys" and Zayn confirmed the group would be staying together, stating "You haven't seen the last of One Direction". On December 13 2010, One Direction signed a £1m dollar record deal with Syco Music[5].

In September 2013, tabloid The Mirror reported One Direction renewed their contract with Syco Music until the end of 2015, with each member of the band earning £10m. A spokesperson stated "Simon Cowell and One Direction are delighted to confirm they have agreed to continue their hugely successful relationship with a new long-term agreement with Syco. Simon and the band look forward to many years of continued success together.”[6]

As of 2017, all members of One Direction have made significant transitional business moves away from Syco Music since the group began an indefinite hiatus in December 2015. Harry parted ways with Modest Management and signed with Jeff Azoff's CAA (which eventually evolved into Full Stop Management). Zayn exited One Direction permanently in March 2015, and Cowell transitioned him from Syco Music to RCA Records in July 2015. Louis parted ways with Modest Management and became a client of management company James Grant Group on June 1, 2016.

On July 21 2016, Liam announced he had signed with Capitol Records and would be releasing his debut solo album in 2017. He is now a client of Murray Chalmers PR and Doyen Global management. On September 29 2016, Niall released his first solo single, "This Town", and simultaneously announced he had also signed with Capitol Records. Niall is still associated with Modest Management via a new golfing company, Modest!Golf, which he is a director of.

On December 10 2016, Louis released his debut solo single, "Just Hold On". While the single was distributed through Ultra Music, it was also cross-promoted by Syco Music, indicating a continued working relationship between Tomlinson and Syco. On 7 June 2017, The Sun confirmed Louis would be staying with Syco Music, and had signed with RCA Records as his US label. He stated: "I’m very happy to have signed. I’m excited to be continuing my relationship with Syco, and also working with the brilliant team at RCA in the US. I’ve been working really hard in the studio and can’t wait to show you what I’ve been writing. As always, I’d like to thank the fans for their unbelievable support.”

In May 2017, Harry Styles released his debut solo album through his label Erskine Records, via licensing to Columbia Records. Columbia was One Direction's US label from 2012 onward.

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