There is absolutely no doubt One Direction is one of the most successful boy bands of recent years. And, their cash inflow reports goes to prove just how successful they are. According to Sky News, in 2014, the One Direction kids made a whopping $114 million. That works out to a staggering $300,000 per day. PER DAY!
That is a whole lot of money, made through product endorsements, concert tickets, merchandise sales and album sales. And, what a difference a year can make in the life of One Direction, it seems. Way back in 2013, the band brought in a paltry $7.42 million. That’s now chump change to the 1D crew who has managed to increase their value by roughly 10 fold.
So, in the end, after One Direction pays their taxes, like any good boy band will do, they are estimated to bring home $54 million in total, to be split between Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson. And, even though Zayn Malik (who still co-owns one fifth of 1d Media Limited according to Huffington Post UK) left the band last March, he is still entitled to his share of that cash (20 percent, apparently). It even pays to leave One Direction.
So far, this year appears to have been an even bigger one for One Direction. Right now, One Direction’s new single, “Perfect,” is at the top of iTunes charts (which many fans and the press insist is about Taylor Swift), and they still haven’t released their newest album, Made in the A.M., which is set to come out on November 13.
It is said that One Direction is X-Factor founder, Simon Cowell’s, biggest success story, both in terms of popularity and financially, with some referring to it as Cowell’s cash cow, according to Unrealitytv.co.uk. Assuredly, Cowell is also rolling in the dough along with the boys in 1D.
What have the One Direction crew been doing with their hard earned cash? It seems that investing in real estate has been their way to go, according to the Huffington Post, with all of them members buying multi-million dollar properties in the UK and Los Angeles.
After such a successful year, One Direction will be taking a well-deserved break next year after working pretty well non-stop since being on X-Factor back in 2010, much to the disappointment of their rabid fan base. According to the Scotsman, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson stated in an interview that the band is counting down now until their final show, which he believes will be “emotional”.
“We don’t really want to put a time on it because then that puts pressure on us and we’re just going to enjoy this time to do what we want to do.”
When a band makes this kind of cash, though, it probably won’t be too long before One Direction wants to get back on the road.
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