One Direction drops surprise single one day after Zayn Malik's new record deal

One Direction Releases New Single! 'Drag Me Down' Is 1st Without Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik may have left One Direction to make "#realmusic," but the band has some real music of their own.

Late Thursday, One Direction dropped a brand-new surprise single called "Drag Me Down." Surely that's not a comment on any former bandmates.

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 15: (L-R) Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage at Century Link Field on July 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

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In the official release announcing the new single, the song "showcases a more mature One Direction sound." Nothing says "mature" like a song title that some may consider a diss track.

The "impromptu release" of the new track comes just a day after Zayn tweeted a photo of himself signing a contract with RCA Records and explaining to fans the reason why he left the British boy band earlier this year. "I guess I never explained why I left , it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic."

WATCH: Zayn Malik Throws Major Shade at One Direction, Says He Left to Make '#RealMusic'

Zayn might be able to throw shade, but it looks like he's still going to be living in 1D's shadow.

For more on Zayn's new deal with RCA, check out the video below.

Zayn Malik Signs New Record Deal, Wants to Make 'Real Music'
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