Syco and Sony Music-signed boy band One Direction are set to return to the UK in September with the release of their new single Live While We’re Young, followed by the release of their new album in October.
The group announced the news in a YouTube post (below).
With a street date set for September 30, Live While We’re Young sees the band once again teaming up with songwriters Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk – the creatives responsible for their previous hit singles One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful. Their forthcoming single has been described as ‘pop perfection – an immediate, energy packed song mixing rock undertones with smooth harmonies, about living for the moment’.
The corresponding second album, due for release in November 2012, also features collaborators Ed Sheeran, Tom Fletcher (McFly), input from Dr Luke (Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, Taio Cruz’s Dynamite), Shellback (Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger) and Toby Gad (Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy).
A hugely successful year for the group - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – has seen them sell 12 million records worldwide.
One Direction’s debut album Up All Night has, to date, reached No.1 in 17 countries and they became the first UK band to debut at No.1 on the US Billboard chart with their first album.
The five-piece have sold out tours across the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, including New York’s Madison Square Garden.
One Direction's live DVD has also reached No.1 in 27 different countries.
In Spring 2013 the group will begin their sold out world tour in the UK which includes a nine-show run at London’s O2 Arena.
They're nominated for a number of MTV Video Music Awards and are set to perform at the ceremony on September 6 joining the likes of Alicia Keys on the bill.