One Direction Songwriter Julian Bunetta Talks ‘Made in the AM’

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Hear One Direction’s Folky, Fan-Assisted New Song ‘History’.

One Direction singer Liam Payne felt it was important to include fans on his new track History by inviting a few to lend their vocals on the song’s chorus. Oh sure, there was plenty of (mostly) manufactured concern earlier this year when Zayn Malik abruptly left the group and the remaining quartet – Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – announced they wouldn’t tour to support this album.

The hand-clapping, sing-along song “History” pays tribute to the band’s incredible success over the last five years that they could not have possibly achieved without the support of their fans.With one week to go before One Direction releases its new album, Made in the A.M., on Nov. 13, the group has dropped the set’s latest pre-release track, “History,” on Nov. 6.

The pop group became superstars after appearing on Britain’s The X Factor in 2010, but to the dismay of many devotees the boy band has announced a hiatus, starting in March 2016. In a conversation with EW, Liam Payne describes “History” as a “modern version” of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” adding, “more than anything, the song is about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing — One Direction — over the past five years. Anchored by an acoustic guitar and handclaps, “History” is accompanied by lyrics like, “You and me got a whole lot of history / so don’t let it go / we can make some more / we can live forever,” which lend themselves to a sing-along. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

The sleek, rock-influenced pop album – produced mainly by John Ryan and Julian Bunetta and co-written by Payne and Tomlinson working as a team and Horan and Styles each working with collaborators – ambitiously tries to reconstruct musical history in One Direction’s image while also showing where each one may be headed should they try out solo careers for a while. As “History” ascends to No. 1, the U.K. lads preserve their “perfect” streak, with all of the album’s released tracks — “Drag Me Down,” “Infinity,” “Perfect” and “Home” – logging multiple hours in charge of the Trending 140 chart. In addition, “Down” and “Perfect” topped the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks recap chart, for four weeks and one week, respectively. “Infinity” (No. 7) and “Home” (No. 8) likewise climbed into the chart’s upper region. The yearning “Infinity” combines chiming U2 guitars with a 21-piece string section and soaring synths. “Olivia,” co-written by Styles, is crafted to sound like The Beatles at their bounciest, while “I Want to Write You a Song” sounds like early Paul McCartney acoustics. “What a Feeling” conjures up laid-back Fleetwood Mac and yacht rock, while “Walking in the Wind” is a direct descendant of Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” right down to the spiky Afro-pop guitars.

For young listeners, all those references may sound dangerously close to schoolwork, but it’s to One Direction and their collaborators’ credit that they personalize it all enough to make it sound like they dreamed it up themselves. On “Temporary Fix,” co-written by Horan, they build a power-pop cousin to “Since U Been Gone” and then puff it up to meet their own stadium-filling specifications, before closing with hooks that could have come straight from The Strokes’ debut.

While Tyson has talked often about hanging out with the rapper – once, Shakur tried to convince Tyson to smoke weed – he’s now revealed the chance meeting that sparked their friendship, Billboard reports. One Direction also shows how they can bridge the gap between old and new in songs like “End of the Day,” which moves oddly from a playful opening verse to a stomping rock chorus and back again.

The boxer was at an upscale club when some guy he knew asked if he could get him in, which Tyson allowed, only to find out the person had an entourage of 50 people. However, he didn’t connect that the rapper at the club was Tupac until Shakur’s mother wrote Tyson in prison, thanking him for getting her son into the club. “I didn’t know that was him! He wasn’t famous then,” Tyson said. “Then he’s famous when I get locked up, so he wrote me … He appreciated me getting him in, and he wanted to come visit me.

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