The track will serve as the lead single from their fifth album, which is expected later this year.
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‘Drag Me Down’ was unveiled via Twitter on Friday morning, and can be downloaded from iTunes now.
The lads have been busy working on their new material while on the road, and the new track also comes just days after Zayn signed his own record deal with RCA, who are part of Sony Records.
Naturally, the surprise drop stunned Directioners on Twitter, who struggled to keep it together:
me listening to drag me down on repeat pic.twitter.com/BvVJs8hLgw— ryan minaj (@RyannMinajj) July 31, 2015
I THINK WE ALL AGREE THIS ALBUM IS GOING TO BE THE BEST! LIKE DID U HEAR THAT DAMN SONG!? THE BOYS ARE GONNA SLAY THE WORLD #DRAGMEDOWN— 1D Updates & News (@1DRockMeUpdater) July 31, 2015
We’re still waiting for the full story behind the track, but rumours that Louis Tomlinson penned it have sent the fandom into overdrive:
Louis: *Wrote Drag Me Down*July 31, 2015
#DragMeDown THIS SONG IS ABOUT HOW NO ONE CAN DRAG LOUIS BECAUSE LOUIS DRAGS EVERYONE DOWN ESPECIALLY NAUGHTY BOY— HOYAAH! (@coldlouiss) July 31, 2015
But obviously, we’re still a little sad that one person is missing:
All the fandom when they were hearing Drag Me Down and then they remember is the first song without Zayn's voice. pic.twitter.com/jcojz9zxOG— ℋ | bo (@facehes) July 31, 2015
While a release date for their fifth album is yet to be revealed, the lads have spoken about the sort of music fans can expect, and Liam Payne previously told Capital FM: “The songs have been coming out a bit more chilled.
"We want this to be quite a long-lasting album that you can listen to anytime, like Ed’s [Sheeran] album.”
Well, judging from this, we’re in for a treat. *returns to listening to ‘Drag Me Down’ on repeat*