From the sound of things, One Direction is getting paid peanuts by Simon Cowell. Actually to be more specific, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles are being paid in 'Jelly Beans.' Though they may be tasty, you can't get too far paying with the colorful candy.
"Simon Cowell is tight. That's why he's so successfulÂ—he's able to keep his money to himself. We're paid in jelly beans," claims Niall Horan. Okay, so One Direction isn't paid their weight in candy, but is sure is interesting that since Simon Cowell holds the purse strings, the guys might start to feel like they aren't making enough money. This holds true, even after Zayn, Harry, and the guys reportedly just received Â£ 2million (about $3.2 million US dollars) bonuses for continuing to make Simon Cowell rich.
So how can the One Direction guy keep a bigger chunk of their money? How about writing their own music! Yep, if they didn't have to pay out to a reported 21 different writers like their last album, they would easily keep a bigger chunk of the pie (or keep a bigger bag of Jelly Beans). Can the guys buck the trend of the big studio productions and control their own music? The 1D guys are looking to the Beatles for inspiration and hopefully they will live every musician's dream success while maintaining control.