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One Direction Releases 'Drag Me Down,' Its 1st Single Since Zayn Malik Quit Band

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    Louis Tomlinson, from left, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles of the musical group One Direction pose in the press room with the awards for top duo/group and top touring artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

    One Direction surprised fans by releasing a new single overnight.

    "Drag Me Down" is the first song that the four remaining band members--Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson--have released since Zayn Malik abruptly quit in March. Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and Jamie Scott wrote the song; Ryan and Bunetta produced the track.

    The single is available to buy on iTunes and to stream on Spotify.

    The release of "Drag Me Down" comes days after Malik signed a solo contract.

    The band dished on its new single via Twitter. 

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    One Direction is currently on tour in the United States, and the multiplatinum pop group will return to the U.K. in September. The X Factor U.K.-created band's fifth studio album will be released in November.

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