One Direction Releases First New Music Since Zayn Malik's Departure

One Direction New Single Drag Me Down Without Zayn Malik
One Direction

07/31/2015 AT 02:00 AM EDT

Surprise! One Direction released a new single on Thursday night.

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."



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.
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