The first single from One Direction’s second album has now been officially announced: “Live While We’re Young,” which goes on sale on in the U.S. and Canada on October 1, 2012, and in other countries on September 30, 2012. The album’s title, release date and other songs are to be announced, but Sony Music confirms that the album will be out in November 2012.
“Live While We’re Young” was written by Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, who all wrote One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing” and “I Wish” on One Direction’s debut album, “Up All Night.”
“Up All Night” has been a No. 1 hit in several countries and has sold 3 million copies worldwide so far, according to Sony Music. One Direction is currently the biggest global act to emerge from “The X Factor.” One Direction, which came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010, has so far sold more than 1 million copies worldwide of the DVD “Up All Night – The Live Tour” and more than 8 million singles worldwide. The group is signed to Syco Music, the record company that is co-owned by “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell and Sony Music.
Sony Music has also confirmed that One Direction’s second album will includes songs written by the aforementioned writers, as well as Ed Sheeran (who wrote the One Direction song “Moments”) and McFly singer/guitarist Tom Fletcher, who wrote One Direction’s “I Want.”
One Direction’s second album also features input from Dr Luke (whose credits include Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”), Shellback (Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”) and Toby Gad (Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy”).
Click here to read the exclusive interview that I did with One Direction songwriter/producer Falk in May 2012.