Zayn Malik signs solo record deal after quitting 1D

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Zayn Malik has signed a solo record deal.

The former One Direction singer quit the band earlier this year saying he wanted to be a "normal 22-year-old".

He posted a picture of himself signing a contract with RCA Records on Twitter.

He tweeted: "I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!"

In a later tweet he wrote: "#REALME".

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Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson and Justin Timberlake are among the acts signed to the label, which is part of Sony Music.

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Simon Cowell congratulated Zayn on his new deal

Simon Cowell, who signed One Direction to his label Syco, congratulated Zayn on his new deal.

He tweeted: "We have been working on this for a while and I am pleased to say congratulations to Zayn Malik on signing with RCA Records.

"I believe they are the perfect label for Zayn Malik's solo career and I am sure whatever they release together will be special."