One Direction's Harry Styles may get all the attention, but it's apparently actually Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson who make the big bucks. As reported by Wetpaint Entertainment on Friday, March 7, Payne and Tomlinson are One Direction's biggest money makers because they write most of the band's songs.
According to the band's contracts, they get a guaranteed nine percent of all royalties for songs they write themselves. As it happens, Payne and Tomlinson are the ones who put pen to paper the most.
The band said last summer that they chose to write more songs for their latest album, Midnight Memories, themselves.
We wrote three songs on the last album, bit this is different. Liam and I have been spending our days off writing, it will be interesting to hear what people make of it but you'll always get criticized," Tomlinson told The Sun.
Looks like Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan better get to writing if they want to keep up with the royalty checks!