New York - One Direction announced a new album for later this year, putting to rest speculation of an imminent breakup following the departure of Zayn Malik.
The British boy band said that Made in the A.M. would come out on 13 November. The album is the fifth by the pop sensations, with one released every year since 2011, always in November - in time for the holiday shopping season.
The four remaining members of the band made the announcement in a short video posted on Twitter. Band member Harry Styles promised an "instant treat" of one songs, entitled Infinity, available for download to fans who pre-order the album.
The guys have an exciting announcement for you... https://t.co/J2IdOIJSYD— One Direction (@onedirection) September 22, 2015
The guys have an exciting announcement for you... https://t.co/J2IdOIJSYD
The album marks a new "direction" for the band in one sense - it will be the first without Malik, a founding member who split in March.
Malik's departure led to surprisingly bitter exchanges on social media among the former bandmates who until then had carefully maintained a squeaky-clean public image.
In another break from the youthful past, member Louis Tomlinson, 23, recently confirmed that he is going to be a father with a Los Angeles stylist.
The personal changes led to speculation that One Direction was finished, especially given the notoriously short shelf-life of boy bands.
A photo posted by One Direction (@onedirection) on Sep 22, 2015 at 9:59am PDT
Member Niall Horan denied the rumors on Twitter last month, writing: "We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well-earned break at some point next year."
Ok so Lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 24, 2015
Ok so Lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year
Amid the tumult, the band has been on tour for most of the year, starting in February in Australia. The tour is scheduled to conclude on 30 October in Sheffield, England.
One Direction released its first track without Malik last month - Drag Me Down, which quickly went to the top of singles charts.
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