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One Direction top list of world's highest-paid bands


Niall Horan

Niall Horan

Niall Horan

One Direction and U2 are right on song after making Forbes' list of The World's Highest-Paid Musicians 2016.

Niall Horan and his bandmates secured second place and the top-earning band position with a total of €103m.

One Direction were beaten to first place by US pop star Taylor Swift who made a massive €160m thanks to the worldwide success of her 1989 tour.

Legendary rockers U2 came lower down the earnings league at number 30 but still made a very respectable €51m for their efforts on their most recent tour Innocence + Experience.

Mullingar man Niall is in good company in the top 10 alongside some of the world's most famous musicians.

English singer Adele came in third on the Forbes table with earnings of €75m while Madonna was a close fourth with €71m.

Rihanna finished in sixth place with €70m to her name for this year, while Garth Brooks made €66m and rockers AC/DC made €63.7m.


The Rolling Stones proved they are still a force to be reckoned with after making €62.7m while Swift's former flame Calvin Harris made €59m and Diddy rounded out the top 10 with €58.5m.

Despite their earning power, One Direction are on a hiatus, instead focusing on solo projects.

Niall's debut solo single This Town was released with no promotion and reached number six on the Irish charts and number nine in the UK.

The 23-year-old is said to be dating Jessica Serfaty, a mum-of-one who first came into the limelight as a contestant on America's Next Top Model in 2010.

The pair were linked to each other in March and recently set tongues wagging again when they attended a gig together in Los Angeles.