It’s been a time of deep soul-searching for all of us in the days since news broke of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles‘ split — taking long walks and reflecting on how quickly things can change, ruefully considering the ephemerality of little joys, wondering how the people you love can transform into strangers overnight. No? Oh, okay, just us.
Regardless, a new report from over the pond suggests that One Direction‘s label have taken steps to ensure that #1D don’t go the way of #Haylor, signing the boys to a knotty three-year, three-album contract that provides a hefty financial incentive for staying together as a group. Think of 1D as Downton Abbey and their label as the Earl of Grantham, desperately trying to ensure the survival of this noble house at any cost. Or don’t. Either way, it’s cool.
A source tells The Sun (by way of MTV UK): “It’s a really clever contract that the boys have signed up to [because] they get the big pay day after the three years. If one of them walks away before then, then all five miss out on the money. They don’t miss out on a few quid either, we are talking millions.”
Given how monumentally successful boy bands have tended to fare in the past, it’s a savvy way to keep the boys together — and it ensures another three albums from 1D at the bare minimum. Smart move, Sony. Now just find a way to keep them all in cute outfits.
[via MTV UK]