The 22-year-old shockingly announced he was leaving One Direction earlier this week after five years with the chart-topping band, with a source now revealing he has his sights firmly set on a solo career, and will be releasing music completely different to the tunes he made with his former bandmates.
The source revealed: "The music he's making is completely different to anything One Direction have ever done before, it's very slowed down R&B and quite sexual. It's going to blow fans' minds."
The heartthrob - who is engaged to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards - was previously pictured with producer Naughty Boy who confirmed they had recorded a track together, while Zayn was also spotted heading into a studio shortly after he revealed he would be leaving the band on Wednesday, prompting fans to believe a solo release may be imminent.
The source told Now magazine: "Zayn has a clear vision for the music he wants to create, and the direction he wants to take his career in.
"He's been writing for a while now during his downtime on tour and has already recorded two tracks this week alone."
However, in a statement announcing his departure, Zayn insisted he is keen to take some time out of the spotlight to be "a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time".
Speaking to The Sun newspaper he added: "I'm just going to chill man, I'm just going to be me for a while."
Zayn will also release new music through Syco record label.
The 22-year-old star has already completed talks with music mogul Simon Cowell, agreeing to release his solo music through the same label.
An industry insider revealed: "Zayn is now the most in-demand solo artist in the world.
"There's huge excitement as he's the first member who will be able to release on their own.
"Simon was very understanding about him leaving the band but quickly made it clear he would stay a Syco artist for his future projects."
It is now believed the hunk is planning on releasing his debut solo album at the beginning of 2016 and not later this year, as Simon doesn't want the record to clash with One Direction's fifth studio LP.
The source continued: "He'll now be able to make sure any releases are timed so they don't clash with anything by One Direction.
"Obviously everyone at Syco would have preferred he had stayed part of the band but this result still works out for everyone."
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