When you’re a part of the biggest boy band in the world, there’s plenty of money to be made, but while the guys of One Direction share the spotlight, they do not share their earnings.

According to a report from the UK publication The Sun (via MTV News) it’s actually Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson who are pocketing the most dough from the 1D franchise.

So why are they earning more than their bandmates? According to The Metro, the duo has writing credits on more songs than Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, having helped pen half the songs on Midnight Memories alone. As such, the two boy-banders receive more money when royalties are distributed.

“Louis and I have a little partnership going on,” Payne reportedly told The Sun. “We’ve been pretty keen to start writing straight away.”

He also pointed out that “Learning how to write is the best way of ensuring your career has longevity and that you have control over it.”

Currently, the band is gearing up to begin work on their fourth studio album, which Liam apparently told The Sun will be a “game-changer.”

Are you surprised that Liam and Louis are the highest earners in One Direction? Share your thoughts below!


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