One Direction ventures into ballad territory with its new single, "Little Things," released Monday from the group's upcoming "Take Me Home" album, due Nov. 13. Listen below.
Although the song's official lyric video was posted to YouTube less than 12 hours ago (around 3 a.m. ET on Oct. 29), it has already garnered almost 2 million views and more than 150,000 likes. The poppy love song gives each of the five members -- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- a solo verse, as they sing about loving someone despite her flaws. It's the first opportunity many have had to hear each b
andmate sing individually since the quintet burst into the U.S. with its debut, "Up All Night," earlier this year.
"You never want to know how much you weigh / You still have to squeeze into your jeans / But you're perfect to me," the boys sing on the Ed Sheeran-penned track. "You'll never love yourself half as much as I love you / You'll never treat yourself right, darlin' / But I want you to."
The U.K. boy band's previous single, "Live While We're Young," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking the highest bow by a U.K. group in the 54-year history of the chart.
It was the second-highest debut among all U.K. acts, outpaced only by Elton John's No. 1 arrival in 1997 with "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight." The Princess Diana tribute single spent 14 weeks at No. 1.
"Live" also marked the group's biggest Hot 100 hit, surpassing the No. 4 peak of "What Makes You Beautiful." "Live While We're Young" (SYCO/Columbia) sold 341,000 downloads in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has moved 497,000 to date.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, L.A.