Liam Payne Tweeted the good news, offering fans a link to the song on iTunes and writing, "Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It's called Drag Me Down and I hope you love it as much as we do."
Bit of a surprise ! Check out our new single! It’s called Drag Me Down & I hope you love it as much as we do https://t.co/HPJn2Kij5M— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 31, 2015
It's the first new song the group has released since the departure of Zayn Malik in March. "Hopefully you love it, we're proud of it," father-to-be Louis Tomlinson Tweeted minutes after the song's release.
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The release of "Drag Me Down" comes the same week that Malik signed new management and recording deals, kicking off his solo career in earnest.
The British supergroup are currently working on a new album, their fifth, and are touring the U.S.