One Direction fans got some good news on Thursday night (May 14) -- even if many of them were too young to be up late enough to hear it.
The U.K. quartet appeared on CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" and confirmed that it's indeed working on its fifth album, with Niall Horan saying that, "We're looking forward to bringing out a new record and going on more tours and stuff. We're really enjoying it."
Neither Horan nor his mates gave any indication about what the album sounds like and when it will be released, but Horan wanted to alleviate any fan fears that 1D will be splitting up. "The four of us love every part of it," he insisted. "The shows have been great on the tour and the fans deserve it. They've been absolutely fantastic to us. We enjoy every aspect of it."
During the session Louis Tomlinson dryly acknowledged "there's been some back and forth" with departed member Zayn Malik -- with whom Tomlinson has had a very public spat via Twitter but insisted that "it's all resolved."
Liam Payne added that, "It's like anything. At first we were a little bit angry (about Malik's departure). Obviously we were surprised, but I think we all knew the general vibe Zayn was feeling. The life inside the goldfish bowl of pop superstardom isn't for everyone. There's certain parts of this job that Zayn loved and certain parts he didn't. And if you don't like your job you've got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go."
1D will be going back to the stage on June 5 when it starts a European tour in Cardiff, Wales. The group comes to North America on July 9 in San Diego, and then has an extensive U.K. tour booked for the fall.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen