One Direction have a message for the haters: No one is going to drag them down. On July 31, the band released "Drag Me Down," their first single since Zayn Malik quit. Predictably, Directioners reacted to "Drag Me Down" by freaking out in the best way possible. The fan support paid off big time, though, because One Direction just broke a Spotify record with "Drag Me Down."
According to J-14, "Drag Me Down" was streamed on Spotify more than 4.75 million times in one day. That's a lot of plays! They reportedly topped the previous record holder, Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth, which scored 4.26 million streams on the service on April 17. If that's not major enough, "Drag Me Down" also reportedly became the first song to hit number one on Spotify's global chart on its first day of release.
Haters are gonna hate, hate, hate but that won't hold One Direction back. Understandably, there's been a lot of debate concerning the band's future after the news that Malik left and Louis Tomlinson is going to be a father. However, "Drag Me Down" is proof that the four-man iteration of One Direction aren't coasting. They're working harder than ever and, in the face of a lot of unexpected news, they ready and willing to break a few records.
Most importantly, "Drag Me Down" breaking a Spotify record is a solid reminder that we should be focusing on the music. One Direction are in the middle of their On the Road Again tour while simultaneously working on their upcoming fifth album. If that isn't work ethic, I don't know what is. If this song is a hint at what's to come, then One Direction could be prepping to release their most successful album yet. When they do release album number five, the Directioners are sure to be supporting it. In the words of "Drag Me Down,": "All my life, you stood by me when no one else was ever behind me / All these lights, they can't blind me / With your love, nobody can drag me down."