One Direction Officially Lost $55 Million In Profits In 2015

Did One Direction take a break in 2016 because they knew that they were losing millions of dollars?

In the world of One Direction, the big news is focused around Harry Styles’ new solo career, Louis Tomlinson’s new baby, and Zayn Malik being included in their video for “History.” The other focus on One Direction has been their schedules winding down for their upcoming hiatus.

Although there are many reasons being presented for the break One Direction is taking in 2016, could one of them be that the gents are hemorrhaging cash?

As it appears, One Direction simply did not get as much money in 2015 as they had in years before, and some speculate that this is one of the reasons that 1D decided to take a break and/or why Zayn Malik might have quit.

In 2015, the tally for One Direction’s profits was $130 million, according to Forbes, and the figures were based on income 1D generated in 2014.

However, now Forbes is reporting that their 2016 estimates show that One Direction made far less in 2015 than they did in 2014 and only grossed $75 million.

Sadly, this means that One Direction made $55 million less in 2015 than in 2014 — and that is not the worst of it.

For fans that were deeply entrenched in the battle for the top of the charts that occurred when One Direction and Justin Bieber released their albums around the same time in November, there is a little more pain involved.

Unfortunately, all of this means that Justin Bieber placed ahead of One Direction on Forbes‘ “World’s 30 highest-paid musicians” list — but only by one place. While One Direction came in at number seven, Justin Bieber trailed by $80 million at number six.

Higher paid than One Direction, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift were Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Beyonce, and Dr. Dre ($620 million).

This means that, in one year, One Direction lost access to $55 million. Could this be an effect of Zayn Malik leaving the band?

About producing the One Direction video for “History” and the final scene with Zayn Malik, co-directors Cal Aurand and Ben Winston were quoted by MTV stating the following.

“Originally they ran in separate directions and then they ran back together and that’s actually how it was planned … I think ultimately it’s just an end to a video. There shouldn’t be anything applied deeper than that.”

Nevertheless, could One Direction’s slumping profits mean that they will be looking forward to the day that Zayn Malik runs back into their grateful arms and restores the band to its previous profitable status?

There have been speculation that Zayn Malik leaving the band would negatively affect One Direction’s profits — and soon after his departure this fact seemed evident.

5SOS will be a way for One Direction to get income on their hiatus

For example, a Forbes report from June 19, 2015 headlined with “[The] secondary market [for] One Direction tickets down 11-[percent] since Zayn Malik’s departure.”

On the other hand, some claim they were seeing signs of One Direction going downhill with profits months before Zayn Malik left 1D. For instance, the Independent wrote on November 14, 2014 that “The strains are already showing.”

One Direction loses profits to the tune of 55 million, but no one knows the real reason for their hiatus in 2016

One Direction has a secret, but no one knows if the lost $55 million was the reason that the band is on hiatus. (Picture by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Alternatively, fans may not need to worry about One Direction as long as Five Seconds of Summer are a success. The Mirror reports on August 9, 2014 that “[One Direction] own a 50-percent stake in [5SOS’s] profits with a 10-percent share each in the company.”

Who are the richest members of One Direction? As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the members of One Direction that rake in the most of their profits are the ones listed on their albums as songwriters — and this means Louis Tomlinson got the most of One Direction’s cake.

In the end, the real shocker may be how much One Direction paid in taxes compared to Facebook. According to a November 12, 2015, report from Gigwise, “The boys’ company, 1D Media, paid £8.24m of its profits to the U.K. Inland Revenue – an amount that dwarfed the £4,327 Facebook paid in 2014.”

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