One Direction Surprise Fans with ‘Night Changes’ Release


With their latest album out on Monday, performing at the Royal Variety Performance and on the new Band Aid 30 single, it’s been a busy few days for One Direction. The lovable lads also stopped by BBC charity extravaganza Children In Need on Friday, where they premiered a new song, “Night Changes”.

The song was a surprise release on Friday from their album Four; the first the public knew about it was an excited tweet from the band that afternoon.

Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall certainly know how to strike up a whirlwind on social media, that’s for sure.

The first single from Four, “Steal My Girl,” was described by Louis as “a good bridge between this record and the last record… we’ve been more involved with the writing so lyrically I think that comes across.” He added that “in terms of production we’ve tried a slightly more simple approach on some songs.”

“Night Changes” is certainly a lot less complex than many of One Direction’s earlier work, and “simple” is definitely a word I would use to describe it. Also, “wonderful,” “poignant,” and “evocative.” I’ve listened to it three times in 15 minutes, and I’m hooked.

Four is the band’s fourth album (see what they did there?) in three years; they toured from April to October this year (69 shows on three continents), and are about to launch into a hectic round of promotion. Oh, and they’re touring again next year, from February to September (with probable extra dates tagged on the end); five continents, 50 plus shows.

So, this begs the question, are they pushing themselves too hard? They’re the biggest band in the world and the public craves as much 1D as they can get, but honestly, I just want them to take some time off, relax, and be couch potatoes like the rest of us.

It’s only been barely four years since the lads placed third in The X Factor, and since then they’ve taken over the world. Luckily for us they’re still the most charming, down to earth boys you would ever want to meet. They do an inordinate amount for charity (see Children In Need) and, considering the oldest – Louis – is only 22, they are coping surprisingly well for their catapult into world domination.

Speaking to The Guardian, Liam says they’re in no danger of burning out, “we’ve just had a couple of days off, actually… so we’ve been chilling. But we’re all pretty hard-working. We just enjoy it more than anything. It’s not a question of burnout.”

One last thing, the lads have been announced as guests on the iconic American funfest Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie, the show features performances from New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.

One Direction are scheduled to perform four songs, so the fans will be getting their money’s worth. After they’ve rung in the New Year, I’m hoping the lads go somewhere for a nice long nap.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC on December 31.

Sara Hunter Smith