Understandable, considering how the Nov. 18 leak of the boy band's third studio LP happened a week before its scheduled Nov. 25 release date.
"It is annoying because there's this big build-up and it affects sales," Liam Payne told Digital Spy during a signing for their new book Where We Are. "We really want a No. 1, so we're just kind of hoping for the best now. Hopefully, people go out and buy it."
Louis Tomlinson feels Payne's, er, pain, saying, "It's just frustrating when you work so hard on an album and you kind of want everyone to hear it at the same time. Some select fans won't listen to it until it's out, which is great. But there are others who obviously can't help themselves."
Harry Styles also chimed in, adding, "It's just nice to have an impact. If there was an album I liked and I could listen to it a week before, I probably would. It's just nice to have that moment where it builds up to, 'Now it's out and everyone can listen to it.'"
Payne then added, "It happens these days all the time. There are some very clever people out there. You're buggers!"
Meanwhile, 1D released the tune "Diana" on Monday, which shot to No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.