Listen to One Direction’s first post-Zayn single, ‘Drag Me Down’

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One Direction surprised fans by sneaking their new single “Drag Me Down” — their first piece of new music since losing original member Zayn Malik in March — onto iTunes and Spotify early Friday morning. It’s also the band’s first bit of new material after Four, the album they released last November. The single is arriving two days after Malik announced that he had signed a solo deal with RCA, one that will give him the opportunity to show you who he really is.

“Drag Me Down” is a slight departure from the music the band was making with Malik in tow, which tended toward power-pop and classic rock on their later records. There’s a bit of The Police in the loping, reggae-lite bass line and guitar riffs, and the song’s structure is cribbed…

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