One Direction: Will ‘Drag Me Down’ Prove To Be Their Swansong?

Rumors that One Direction may be on their last legs seem to be gathering pace and recent signs surrounding the bands future do not look good. At the end of 2014 rumor after rumor surfaced suggesting that Zayn Malik and other members of One Direction were thinking of quitting. Fans of One Direction were horrified and breathed a huge sigh of relief when the “On The Road Again” tour kicked off in February. Sadly the hopes of Directioners were short lived and the rumors surrounding Malik’s future proved to be true.

Shortly after the tour began in March Malik walked out on One Direction amid stories that he had been cheating on his fiance Perrie Edwards. Malik’s departure started a feeding frenzy in the media, stories emerged suggesting that all was not well within One Direction. Stories of in-fighting, bickering and jealousy emerged and it was repeatedly suggested that One Direction’s days are numbered. Last month Simon Cowell added fuel to the flames when he suggested that One Direction needed time apart.

Things have not been any better in recent weeks as various members of One Direction complained about the behavior of fans. Niall Horan even explained that fans chasing band members in their cars was putting lives at risk. Last week the Daily Mail reported that former X-Factor judge Louis Walsh thought that One Direction would split up after their fifth album is released. It is well known that One Direction are currently signed on a five-year, five album deal with Simon Cowell’s SyCo and to date there is no sign of that deal being renewed.

Two weeks ago One Direction released the lead single from their new album. “Drag Me Down” was an immediate worldwide hit as One Direction fans bought and streamed the song. Unfortunately for One Direction Unreality TV reports that after an initial burst of sales the song has already stalled. This phenomena is nothing new for bands like One Direction who have a large and obsessive fan base. After an initial rush sales stall.

It is also reported that Media Access’s radio monitor reveals that “Drag Me Down” isn’t in the top half of the top 40 songs receiving radio airplay. Showbiz 411 report that One Directions struggle to get airplay is typical of boy-bands who tend to have a very limited shelf life. Young fans grow up and move on.

Directioners may still love One Direction but it seems that they may be losing their gloss for everyone else.

What do Inquisitr readers think? Are One Direction’s days numbered?

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