On Wednesday, news broke that former One Direction band member Zayn Malik had signed a solo record deal with RCA. Mentor Simon Cowell reportedly facilitated the deal in hopes of kick-starting Zayn’s solo career, just as Justin Timberlake did with RCA after leaving N’Sync.
Although RCA is a competing record label to Syco and Columbia Records, which are the labels that One Direction is signed to, sources say this was done so to enable Simon to better manage his time and investment in both Malik and One Direction.
Since Zayn’s departure, the band has been working on their next album, which according to Niall Horan is mostly “written and a lot [of songs have been] recorded.”
Although fans still have a bit of a wait ahead of them until the album from the remaining four band-members is released, they were treated early on Friday to the first song since Zayn left.
The band took to twitter to share the news, including Liam Payne who tweeted:
“Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It’s called Drag Me Down & I hope you love it as much as we do…”
Liam Payne, Twitter post:
Bit of a surprise ! ? Check out our new single! It’s called Drag Me Down & I hope you love it as much as we do https://t.co/HPJn2Kij5M
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 31, 2015
With the spontaneous release, many are speculating that Zayn’s recent record deal signing played a part in the band’s decision to drop the track. This could potentially be an attempt by One Direction to steal some of the thunder away from their ex-band mate’s progression into a solo career.
Nonetheless, “Directioners” inevitably stormed social media with excitement amidst the release of the new single, Drag Me Down.
One Direction fans, Twitter posts:
— – س (@omgsama) July 31, 2015
#DragMeDown HERE COMES THE NEW ERA OF MATURED MUSIC WITH TALENTED YOUNG LADS. FIFTH ALBUM AND THEIR SKILLS REMAIN THE BEST
— monica. (@NiallerClover) July 31, 2015
this is all I'm gonna listen to everyday and hour until the album drops #DragMeDown
— Zayn's High Note (@xZiallismine) July 31, 2015
After Khloe Kardashian’s spread in Complex magazine was released, everyone wanted to know how she got her insane body.
Khloe who is currently in Australia, opened up even further to a radio station, talking about her obsession with exercise and her healthy lifestyle.
Khloe said, “I’m so into it. Even this morning, I’ve been up since 2:30 because I was jetlagged and couldn’t sleep, and I still went to the gym this morning.”
The reality star’s commitment is no doubt paying off. Although the star is sticking to her routine, she does let herself off a bit easy when facing jet lag. Khloe explained, “It wasn’t that intense [this morning] because I’m still jetlagged, but I make sure that I go. Even 30 minutes you feel, “Okay, I feel good about myself.”
However, when she isn’t traveling and is back home in L.A. she definitely makes sure to get the intense workouts in. The 31-year-old said that she has lost about “35 pounds” due to her intense exercise and commitment.
The star concluded saying that she “[knows] how [she] wants to feel in clothes, and it does become addicting.” Adding, “Once you start losing weight and seeing results, you’re like, ‘I want to see more!’”
Unlike many stars who resort to crash-diets and even surgical procedures to “better themselves”, Khloe’s incredible body has come from hard work, commitment and perseverance. And it seems like this shows through both in her physical and mental well-being.