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One Direction Plot Post-Zayn Future With New Song 'Drag Me Down'
Pop-rock track is first song from band following Zayn Malik's departure

One Direction surprise-released their new single “Drag Me Down” Friday morning, the boy band’s first single following Zayn Malik’s departure.

The pop-rock track shifts the band’s sound from the softer folk of their last album, Four, back to the more upbeat, electronic heavy elements of their first two albums. “It’s the first song from the new album that we’ve been working very, very, very hard on,” member Liam Payne said in a video the band posted on Twitter following the tune’s release. “We can’t wait for you to hear it.

The track comes on the heels of former member Malik’s announcement that he had signed a solo contract to RCA Records. Right before tweeting a photo of himself signing the contract in front of a RCA sign, Malik confirmed that the launch of his solo career is why he had left the band. "I guess I never explained why I left,” he wrote. “It was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!” He ended his tweet with the hashtag “#realmusic.”

Malik quit the band less than a week after exiting the tour due to “stress” back in March. For most of the year, One Direction have been touring the world in support of Four, beginning the North American leg in early July with support from “I Love It” duo Icona Pop.

Member Niall Horan teased the inclusion of new songs in their set list for their North American tour in an interview with Rolling Stone. “We have a few surprises,” he said in June. “Most importantly, we will be rehearsing new songs which we are very excited to perform live for the first time.” However, the band has yet to share a release date on their fifth LP.

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THE GUY THAT CREATED ADVENTURE QUIT BECAUSE HE WAS TOO DOPE

Seriously, this guy is the shit. There may be no purer creator in the world than Pen Ward, and his recent interview with Rolling Stone just proves it. His show, Adventure Time, came from a lifetime of being an outsider, and the Outsider Art carries with it a purity in storytelling and even personal expression that few reach at all, much less to create a universe that is worth multi-millions in the real world and carries the undisputed title of trippiest show on TV…

The interview is full of some of the realest responses and anecdotes one could hope for, and to see the show continue in the last year since he stepped down only firms the fact that he is the shit, because he is still a writer and storyboard artist. Pen started on Cartoon Network’s Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack after some gigs here and there on Nickelodeon, because of the 7-minute pilot he posted to YouTube back in 2007 that racked up 3 million hits in a year.

But it’s the way he handles the success that sets him apart now that he has the most-loved cartoon on television. Pen is considering making an Adventure Time movie or video game, but with stipulations in place: “Whatever the next thing is, I just want my brain to be happy doing it.”

The success of the show, however, has barely changed Ward’s student lifestyle. Until last year, he continued to live in Burbank with four roommates. To meet his deadlines, he goes to coffee shops because, since he doesn’t like making eye contact with people, he’s forced to look down at his work. At meals and social events, he prefers to sketch rather than make conversation, describing drawing as “my baby blanket that I take with me everywhere.” And where many in L.A. meditate or do yoga, he says, “I go to comic shops because I like to just listen to nerds arguing about nerd stuff to relax.”

It’s this mentality that keeps it real. Pen states that “It’s nice to just be sleepy and make stuff. That’s the root of what I like doing. Make stuff on my own and fall asleep.“ In his latest piece this all comes through brilliantly. It’s a series of sketches called animationpals that is just whatever comes to mind, animated as the cutest darn thing you’ve ever laid eyes upon.

There are only six episodes. Watch them here

And check out the whole Rolling Stone interview here.

I’ve never heard the term ‘strong male character.’ That doesn’t mean anything. So what does 'strong female character’ mean? We’re so ready to put a label on something instead of leaving room for every different kind of expression, every vulnerable, weak, funny, vulgar, stupid thing. It’s just people, right? There are layers and levels, and you can’t put somebody in a box, you know?
—  Tatiana Maslany for Rolling Stone (x)
5 Seconds of Summer Discuss 'Desert Cowboy Riff' in 'She's Kinda Hot'

Guitarist Michael Clifford and drummer Ashton Irwin explain story behind Madden brothers-assisted new single

5 Seconds of Summer have been teasing the first official single off their as-yet-untitled sophomore album for weeks on social media and their 5 on the Wall site. On Friday, the Australian pop punkers released the catchy, old-school song “She’s Kinda Hot.”

With the new track, 5SOS have made a rockier departure from their self-titled debut. Sounding more like the early-to-mid-Aughts bands that the group had writing sessions with for their new LP (Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Simple Plan), the Australian band have honed the California punk whine.

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Waka Flocka Flame for President

There comes a time in every Time Lord’s regeneration where they must face the forces of Comic-Con. Peter Capaldi, who succeeded Matt Smith in 2013, received a brief respite when BBC America decided not to have a Doctor Who presence last year. Although he might not have the youthful looks of Smith, or David Tennant before him, the Scottish actor has now proven he has the same vigor as his predecessors; the gent hauled his severe eyebrows to interview after interview, panel after panel, and even the Hall H line. When it finally came time for him to step into the spotlight, there was a moment where he locked eyes with his co-star and Comic-Con veteran Jenna Coleman, who smiled back as if to say, “See, I told you it was bigger on the inside.”