One Direction fans should make some room under the tree, because the boys are planning to deliver their third album by Christmas.
That’s according to member Louis Tomlinson, who told England’s Daily Star that they’ve already been hard at work on the follow-up to last year’s Take Me Home.
“We’ve already started recording the album, we started about a month ago,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve been writing and recording it while on tour. We are really happy with it. We don’t want to rush it but it will be out for Christmas.”
The group is reportedly working with the same production and songwriting team that helped on Home and their 2011 debut, Up All Night. In addition to all five members lending a hand in songwriting, they’ve been recording vocals in hotel rooms while on tour. “We have the film coming out as well so we are all pretty shattered but we are all having a great time,” said Tomlinson about the upcoming 3-D flick, “This Is Us,” directed by documentarian Morgan Spurlock. “We have had a week off this week before heading on to Europe for the tour.”
A mini freak-out erupted earlier this month when rumors emerged that Harry Styles was prepping a solo album, sparking fears that there may be cracks in their unified front. At the time, a rep told The Daily Mail that it was all for the good of the group.
“Harry is not recording solo material. All of the band are working on tracks for their third album,” the rep told the paper. “Harry is putting together some ideas for the record. The boys sometimes work up ideas separately as well as working together, as they did last year. Niall for example recently collaborated with Tom and Dougie from McFly on new tracks.”
A spokesperson for 1D confirmed that they are in the studio with a goal of releasing the disc in time for the holidays, but that no firm street date is set.