One Direction Pockets More Than $160 Million in Just Two Years

By: Crystal Bell / September 20, 2012

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One Direction is one of the most successful pop acts in the industry, and the boys have the bank accounts to prove it.

The Brits have reportedly pocketed over £100 million — or $160 million — over the last two years, according to a revised edition of Simon Cowell’s biography, as reported by The Daily Mail.

But Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik aren’t the only ones racking in millions.
One Direction’s success has also earned Cowell and their record label Syco an extra £200 million — or $323 million.

The lads’ debut album, Up All Night, sold over 12 million copies worldwide and topped the Billboard 200, becoming the first debut record from a British group to do so. Since the album’s release, One Direction embarked on a sold-out tour, released a live concert DVD, authored two behind-the-scenes books and even released their very own collection of dolls.

The bo yband also has a comic book in the works.vFame: One Direction will profile the journey of the bandmates thus far, starting with when they were first put together by  Cowell on X Factor. Fans can get a sneak peek at the boys’ comic book personas on the comic creator’s website.

One Direction will release their new single, “Live While We’re Young,” on Oct. 1. Columbia records describes the track as an “energy packed song, mixing rock undertones with smooth harmonies, about living for the moment.”

As for the video, the boys were snapped on the set of their wet and wild music video making quite a splash. The bizarre party setup included a pool, trampoline, teepee, hay barrels, an inflatable microphone and a giant inflatable banana.

Take Me Home is slated to be released on Nov. 13, 2012. In spring 2013, One Direction will begin their sold-out world tour in the U.K., which includes nine shows at London’s O2 Arena.