Royal Baby 2: Electric Boogaloo is going to have to settle for being the second-most-popular new release announcement out of the United Kingdom this morning. The world's favorite box of puppies, One Direction, dropped the news that their fourth album, imaginatively titled Four, will hit stores this fall.
To kick off the album release cycle right, the guys released a preview track, "Fireproof," on their website as a free download. As you'll hear by pressing play below, it's another evolution in the band's style. Previously, they took inspiration from Mumford & Sons; now, the sound is laid-back and easy. It's also, as their songs always are, incredibly catchy.
Since being formed on the UK version of The X Factor by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger, eventually placing third in the contest, the boy band has released four albums in four years, beginning with 2011's Up All Night. Last week, we predicted 1D would have two big hits off this album, but if everything else is as good as "Fireproof," we'll likely be hearing more than just two hits on repeat this winter.
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