With their dedicated fan-base, One Direction is no stranger to breaking records. On Friday, the now-foursome surprise dropped their new song "Drag Me Down." The first song since the departure of former member Zayn Malik, the song was quickly devoured and played 4.75 million times globally on Friday July 31 breaking the record previously set by Wiz Khalifa’s "See You Again" that was streamed 4.26 million times on April 17. The song was also the first track ever to hit No. 1 on the Spotify Global Chart on its first day of release, beating out Calvin Harris’ "Blame" which previously held the record in reaching the top spot in two days as reported by Spotify.
The stadium-ready song that alludes to the fan appreciation that has propelled them into the spotlight since their inception five years ago went on top charts in 15 individual countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, United States. While Zayn was previously caught throwing shots toward his former band, he chimed in on Twitter to show his approval as well. Looks like the band won't have to find a replacement fifth member after all. Like an updated version of Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life," listen to the record-smashing, fan-praising new track "Drag Me Down" out now below.
Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 1, 2015