One Direction to Appear on Late Night TV for the First Time Without Zayn Malik
One Direction is entering a new period of its career that doesn't include Zayn Malik, who left the group in March. The four remaining members -- Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles -- soldiered on following the news, performing live overseas and starting work on a new album. The group recently announced that its first late-night TV appearance sans Malik will occur May 14 on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
"We're all so excited to be appearing on The Late Late Show With James Corden. James is one of our best mates and we're so proud of the massive success his show is having in America," Payne told People. "We are currently working on a few surprises with James and his team that we hope our fans will enjoy. It's going to be a great night!"
Corden has been putting together some memorable skits with celebrities, so the "surprises" should be fun for fans.
Last month, Payne relayed some details about the group's follow-up to Four, which dropped last year. One Direction will channel influences like Oasis and Ed Sheeran for its fifth release.
"The album's coming together really well actually. The boys we've been writing with have come up with some great, great songs that are kind of like a bit Oasis-y almost which is ace," he said. "I love that."
"The songs have come out a bit more chill because I think we want this to be quite a long-lasting album that you can listen to anytime," he added. "You like how Ed's album, anytime you can throw on an Ed song and it can always make sense. We're trying to do that."
Malik, on the other hand, appears to be hard at work on his solo album. His first single, "I Won't Mind," dropped at the end of March thanks to producer Naughty Boy.
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