One Direction star Liam Payne has teased solo material in what would be his first work released since the pop-starlets went on hiatus. 

The 23-year-old is the third member of the five to release solo material after Niall Horan, who himself has recently been making the headlines after admitting to having a crush on Ellie Goulding, and Zayn Malik -the latter, of course, triggering a mini-crises in the group after his departure from 1D in March 2015. 

Liam Payne and Cherly leave Salmontini, LondonLiam Payne and Cherly leave Salmontini restaurant in Belgravia, London

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The short audio clip was shared by Payne to Instagram and it has already been heard over 700,000 times. The picture has no caption, but there is a hint to who he is working with in who the star has tagged. 

@dannyboystylesxo @benbillions @bibibourelly

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Payne has tagged Danny Boy Styles, who has previously worked with Beyonce and French Montana, and Ben Billions, who has just worked with The Weeknd on the track 'Starboy', a track which also features legendary French producer duo, Daft Punk.  Bibi Bourelly, the German singer-songwriter who has written for Rihanna and Nick Brewer, was also credited in the post. 

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The track is a sorrow-filled affair that seems to talk about his relationship with Cheryl Cole and the tribulations that have come from dating someone recently divorced.

However, in spite of Payne putting a sample of the track on Instagram, he admits he is unsure as to whether it will be officially released. It would be surprising to see the track not given a proper release with One Direction's musical career on standby and after the success of Zayn's release, there is clearly a market for Payne's work.