by Caitlin Phillipo
Made in the A.M. is the English-Irish boy band One Direction’s fifth studio album released by Columbia Records and Syco Music.
Released on Nov. 13, this is the group’s first album since member Zayn Malik left the band back in March 2015. This will be the band’s last album before taking a break in 2016.
The album includes the internationally successful singles “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect.”
Julian Bunetta, the producer/songwriter behind many of the band’s singles, told Billboard that One Direction’s fifth album was recorded with the four members knowing it would be their last for a while.
There’s a song about losing someone that isn’t Zayn, there’s also a song that is about the band being on shaky ground and not knowing what the future may hold, and there are songs about love. It casts a wide variety.
Upon its release the album received favorable reviews from critics. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with 93,189 copies sold and number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 402,000 first-week sales. The album also reached number one in Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Finland and Belgium.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the album Silver in its first week, in Australia, Made in the A.M. debuted at number two, achieving a Gold certification status the first week. Since then the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has certified it Platinum.