One Direction To Drop ‘Live While We’re Young’ In October

Band will release the 'energy-packed' single ahead of their sophomore album release in November.

The guys of One Direction shared with their fans on Thursday (August 23) that they will follow up their massive debut album, Up All Night, with their spankin’ new single, “Live While We’re Young.” The song will drop in October, ahead of their sophomore album release, set to hit shelves in November.

The guys of 1D made the announcement after teasing fans that they’d have some big news for them on Twitter. In a video message, Louis Tomlinson had a message for fans: “We want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to you guys, ’cause we wouldn’t be where we are today without you, so thank you.”

The single, “Live Like We’re Young,” saw the fivesome working with songwriters Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk again. The team also worked with them on their debut and is responsible for the hits “One Thing” and “What Makes You Beautiful.” The new song has been described as “an immediate, energy-packed song mixing rock undertones with smooth harmonies, about living for the moment.”

Not long after they release the track on October 1, the full album will drop in November . They have spent their summer recording it, hitting the studio with the likes of top-notch talent including Ed Sheeran, McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Dr. Luke, Shellback and Toby Gad.

When MTV News spoke to Niall Horan earlier this summer, he teased to us what fans might expect from this release .

“We wrote an absolutely cracking song that we’re all kind of very excited about,” he said before explaining that he and the guys will be just as hands-on for this release as the last.

Sheeran, who wrote the Up All Night track “Moments,” explained that romance will be the subject of the songs he pens for the guys. “Seventeen-year-old Ed just wrote a lot of love songs, so expect to hear a lot of love songs on their album, I guess,” he told MTV News.

Weeks before the guys drop “Live While We’re Young,” they will take the stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awardsfor their first-ever appearance and performance on the show. They are also up for Best New Artist and Best Pop Video for “What Makes You Beautiful.”

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Head to VMA.MTV.com now through August 24 to vote for your favorites, or text BNA to 22444 to vote for Best New Artist all the way through the show!