One Direction score highest grossing world tour of 2014

Justin Timberlake and The Rolling Stones also pull in huge cash figures in Forbes list

One Direction have scored the highest grossing tour of 2014.

The band pulled in $290 million (£195 million) in ticket sales for their stadium shows across the globe in support of their third album ‘Midnight Memories’, according to Forbes.

Justin Timberlake came second with his ‘The 20/20 Experience’ jaunt grossing $203 million (£136 million), while The Rolling Stones came third with $143 million (£96 million).

Katy Perry won the title of the highest-grossing tour from a female artist at number five, with her ‘Prismatic’ shows grossing $108 (£72 million) in 2014.

Beyoncé and Jay Z were at eight with their ‘On The Run’ shows making a healthy $95 million (£64 million), while Lady Gaga’s ‘artRave’ shows grossed $80 million (£54 million).

Yesterday, singer Liam Payne insisted the boyband will carry on despite Zayn Malik’s decision to leave the band.

The singer departed the band on Wednesday (March 25), after he had previously pulled out of the group’s Asian tour with stress.

Malik has since spoken about his departure for the first time.

“I feel like I’ve let the fans down but I can’t do this anymore,” he said. “It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I’ve never felt more in control in my life.”

“And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”

“You know, I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness,” he added. “And that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them.

Rumours about Malik’s future in the band were abound after he recently pulled out of the group’s Asian tour (March 19) so he could fly back to the UK to be with his family after pictures emerged of him with a mystery girl in Thailand. Malik is currently engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.