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Leak forces early debut for 1D song
Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles of One Direction. Picture: Christopher Polk/Getty Images.

One Direction has rushed the radio debut of their new single forward after the track was leaked online.

Live While We're Young, was brought forward by four days after an unauthorised "poor quality" version of the video appeared on Thursday morning.

The band's bosses at Syco and Sony decided to act in response to the leak.

They told fans about the change with a message on Twitter.

A statement on their behalf said: "The band did not feel that it was right or appropriate for the fans to hear the track as this illegal upload, so they have responded quickly."

A message from the group said: "We wanted our fans to see the video and hear the single in the proper way so we've moved the premiere to tonight. We're really excited about LWWY - we've worked really hard on it and we can't wait for everyone to see and hear it."

The track is the first single to be taken from second album Take Me Home, which is out in the UK on November 12.