Brace yourselves, One Direction fans, because a brand new song from the group just hit the web! Yep, an old unreleased track called “Half The World Away” recently leaked online, and hearing it made us miss the group so much more.
It’s no secret that the guys have a bunch of songs that they recorded together and never released. But when this one randomly appeared on YouTube on Wednesday, August 25, fans were left super confused and super excited! It was uploaded to the streaming site by a new channel called The One Direction Archive, and it’s unclear where it came from or how they got their hands on it. It has since been taken down.
According to Capital FM, the song was written by Harry Styles in 2013. The tune actually doesn’t feature any singing from Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne or Zayn Malik because it is said to be a demo version that the “Sign of the Times” crooner recorded by himself to play for the other boys.
As fans know, the leaked song comes just one month after the band celebrated their 10-year anniversary. For those who forgot, the band was formed on July 23, 2010, by Simon Cowell, after they all auditioned on The X Factor as solo artists. And in honor of the anniversary, the group released a brand new “immersive and interactive” website, and it was seriously a dream come true!
According to a press release, the website “took the form of a timeline, charting the history of the group, from the first audition right up to the start of their hiatus. It also hosted an archive of music videos, artwork, TV performances, behind-the-scenes and rarely-seen content, all in one place.”
They also all took to social media to reminisce about their time in the band, and it made us pretty emotional.
“Too many incredible memories to mention but not a day goes by that I don’t think about how amazing it was. @NiallOfficial @Harry_Styles @LiamPayne @zaynmalik. So proud of you all individually,” Louis wrote. “And to the fans. The people who gave us all these amazing opportunities. You are incredible, your unmatched level of loyalty is something that makes me really really proud.”
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) July 23, 2020
Liam posted a screenshot of a text message he sent his dad, Geoff Payne, right after being put into the band!
“What a journey… I had no idea what we were in for when I sent this text to my dad ten years ago at this exact time the band was formed. Thanks to everyone that’s supported us over the years and thanks to the boys for sharing this with me #10YearsOfOneDirection,” he captioned it.
Niall replied to both of them with, “Love you.” Then, he also shared a message of his own.
“When I met these four gents there was no way I thought we would go on to do what we did. So many unbelievable memories we shared together. We felt the adoration of millions from around the planet on a daily basis and it was mind blowing,” he tweeted. “It’s such a major part of our lives and always will be. Cheers to us today boys and thank you to all you beautiful people who have supported us over the last 10 years. @LiamPayne @Harry_Styles @zaynmalik @Louis_Tomlinson #10YearsOfOneDirection.”
It’s such a major part of our lives and always will be. Cheers to US today boys and thank you to all you beautiful people who have supported us over the last 10 years. @LiamPayne @Harry_Styles @zaynmalik @Louis_Tomlinson ❤️ #10YearsOfOneDirection
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 23, 2020
Harry sent fans into a frenzy when he posted a snap of him and his former bandmates on stage.
“I’ve been struggling to put into words how grateful I am for everything that’s happened over the last 10 years. I’ve seen things and places that I’d only ever dreamt of when I was growing up. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most incredible people, and gained friendships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life,” he captioned it. “None of this would be possible without the support you’ve given along the way. And for that, I will be forever thankful. I just can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thank you to our crew, our team and everyone else who helped us along the way. To all the fans, I love you and I thank you with all my heart. You did it all, and you changed everything. And finally… To the boys, I love you so much and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we achieved together. Here’s to 10.”
Zayn did not speak out about the anniversary.
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