In April 2015, it was announced Louis would be starting his own record label, an imprint of Simon Cowell's Syco label.
He participated alongside Niall in Soccer Aid's 2016 charity match on June 5.
On July 25, Louis attended an EA Games FIFA event, playing the new game alongside footballer David Luiz.
He also revealed he had hoped he would be put into a group, as he did not think he was a strong enough soloist.
At bootcamp, Louis sang Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" before being eliminated as a solo artist, but ultimately allowed to continue after being placed into One Direction.
This was confirmed by The Media Eye and by James Grant Group themselves, who posted a profile for Louis on their official website.
In November 2015, Louis was a guest judge for Simon Cowell on The X Factor UK.
On January 20, the British Phonographic Industry announced Louis had won his first solo bpi Award as "Just Hold On" had gone silver (200,000 copies sold).
On April 29 2016, Louis attended the opening of Intrigue Nightclub in Las Vegas.
On December 8, 2016, a preview of Louis's debut solo single, Just Hold On, surfaced online.
The track was produced by DJ/dance producer Steve Aoki.
I hope to sign some really exciting new artists down the line".