Harry Styles is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles. The album was released on 12 May 2017, through Erskine and Columbia Records.
Following Harry Styles' five-year stint with English-Irish boy band One Direction, it was announced the band was going on an extended hiatus, which further ignited rumors of the band's permanent disbandment. On 13 January 2016, Us Weekly published a report claiming that the group's hiatus would, in fact, become a permanent split, with a "source" citing that each of the four remaining group members did not renew their contracts following the completion of the On the Road Again Tour in October 2015. Representatives for the group denied the report in a statement to Billboard, stating, "nothing has changed regarding hiatus plans for the group, and all will be revealed in due time from the band members' own mouths." In February, it was confirmed that Styles had left the group's management and had begun a solo career path, becoming the second band member to do so after Zayn Malik's departure a year prior. In June, it was confirmed that Styles had signed a solo recording contract.
On 31 March 2017, Styles revealed the cover art and name of the first single from the album through Instagram and Twitter, "Sign of the Times", which was released on 7 April 2017. The album name and track list were revealed on 13 April 2017. The album track "Sweet Creature" was released as a promotional single with the album pre-order.
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