The lads have joked that their boss Simon Cowell pays them in “jelly beans”. Singer Niall Horan said: “Simon Cowell is tight. That’s why he’s so successful – he’s able to keep his money to himself. We’re paid in jelly beans.” Niall isn’t sweet on his pay even though the X Factor mogul has just handed them a bonus of £2million each for filling his coffers.
But the group are aiming to build up their salaries by doing more song-writing – just like The Beatles.
The group have been studying the Fab Four and see a lot of themselves in the legendary group.
Band member Liam Payne said: “We did watch The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night recently and it was funny to see things they did that are similar to us.”
Bandmate Harry Styles said 1D, also including Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, want to contribute more of their lyrics.
Harry said: “We’re always writing on the road and in hotels and airports.
“We don’t ever want our music to sound like a 40-year-old man in an office has written it and given it to us to perform.”
One reason the lads’ pay may not be as high as they want is that there were at least 21 writers on 1D’s record Up All Night.