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Fans of One Direction are marking their calenders for next Thursday, May 16th.  The British boy band is teasing fans with a major piece of news, starting the hashtag "1bigannouncement" to keep them in suspense until next week. 

Members Niall Horan and Liam Payne also directed fans to the site, where the news is set to break. 

Last month, in an interview with "Daily Star," Louis Tomlinson confirmed that the boys had been recording a new album that he said would be out "before Christmas."  Ed Sheeran, who's also a friend of the band, also told "MTV" the album was "already finished." 

The group has a U.S. tour coming up, as well as a 3D concert documentary due out in August, so their "big announcement" could be related to any number of future projects. 

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