8:36am PT by Sophie Schillaci
One Direction to Release Third Album in November
One Direction is continuing its momentum one week after the release of its Sony concert pic, This Is Us. The U.K.-based boy band on Friday announced the global release of its third studio album, Midnight Memories, for Nov. 25.
The album, available for pre-order on Sept. 9, will feature the hit MTV Video Music Award-winning song "Best Song Ever." A full tracklist for the Syco/Columbia Records release was not revealed.
The album follows 2012's Take Me Home and 2011's Up All Night, both of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In making their announcement on Friday, One Direction used Instagram to post a video alongside the hashtag #1DAlbumTitle.
This Is Us was initially projected to win Labor Day weekend at the North American box office but ultimately came in No. 2 as Lee Daniels' The Butler topped for the third week in a row. One Direction's first big-screen offering, directed by Morgan Spurlock, boasts an A CinemaScore and brought in $18 million over the three-day weekend in the U.S. Overseas, the film opened to $14.5 million.
One Direction is composed of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The group was formed in 2010 by Simon Cowell on The X Factor U.K. and while it didn't win the competition, it has become the franchise's greatest success story to date.
Below, watch the video for "Best Song Ever," which recently made history on VEVO by racking up the highest number of views within 24 hours for a total of 12.3 million views.
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