Why it's no surprise that One Direction are taking a year out

By Del Crookes
Newsbeat reporter

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Liam Payne said they needed a break earlier this month.

Now there are reports One Direction are going to take a year out after five years of recording, touring and promoting the band around the world.

Liam told Free Radio in the West Midlands: "I think everyone needs a little bit of a break now, and a sit down and a stop, to take in all the great things that have happened."

Now the Sun newspaper is reporting that the boy band will go their separate ways from next March.

Here's why One Direction NEED a break.

One Direction in numbers


gigs and concerts

  • 79 songs recorded, half of which they have writing credits on

  • £83m is the amount they earn, making them Forbes' fourth best-paid celebrtities

  • 4 albums in five years - their fifth is due out in March 2016


Hundreds of tour dates since The X Factor in 2010

One Direction have played 325 gigs since finishing third on The X Factor, to more than 7.5 million fans.

Plus there have been LOTS of other promotional appearances on TV and radio shows.

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Image caption, Harry Styles is said to be wanted by producers in Hollywood

On their Take Me Home tour in 2013, the subject of Morgan Spurlock's documentary One Direction: This Is Us, they played 123 concerts.

The tour grossed $114m (£72m).

Their current On the Road Again Tour started back in February in Australia with another nine North America gigs and 25 more in the UK and Ireland taking them up until the end of October.

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Image caption, Liam Payne has songwriting credits on 27 One Direction tracks

So - yeah - they need a break from touring.

Three hundred and twenty-five gigs means at least 650 flights and bus journeys plus more for promotional work.

Albums in between tours

After finishing touring, One Direction have always recorded an album.

Up All Night was recorded after their X Factor appearances in 2011 with a tour off the back of it lasting into the middle of 2012.

Then came Take Me Home, which was released in November 2012.

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Their tour promoting that album began at London's O2 Arena the following February and lasted until early November.

After that it was back into the studio for Midnight Memories - which was released 22 days after the end of the Take Me Home tour.

After a bit of promotional work, the boy band were back on the road for 2014's Where We Are stadium global tour, which lasted from late April to early October.

Four came out the following month, with their On The Road Again tour starting in Sydney in February.

Their fifth record is due out in March.

Songs recorded since The X Factor

Image caption, Irish singer Niall Horan made it to Judges' Houses on The X Factor in 2008

The band have recorded 79 songs including singles, album tracks and guest appearances since 2010 - which is a lot of studio hours spent recording.

They have songwriting credits on 37 of those songs.

...but think about all that cash!

Although they're pretty knackered, the band can now afford to go back to plush houses and relax in style.

They were fourth on Forbes' list of this year's 100 highest-paid celebrities making an estimated £83m.

In 2014, Forbes had them as the second-highest earning celebrities under 30 making an estimated £47m from June 2013 to June 2014.

But they also donate to charity. £600,000 from ticket sales from their Where We Are tour went to Stand Up To Cancer.

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