Sure, you may be a hardcore Clay-mate, fantasizing about booking Clay Aiken, the Idol-turned-political hopeful for your own private soiree. Thanks to Degy Entertainment, we now have an idea about how out of reach that fantasy really is, even if your favorite musician’s last big hit was well over 10 years ago.
An anonymous source from Degy, a third-party booking agency, passed along a list of “rates suggested by the artists’ agents per show, per-expense” to the folks over at Priceconomics. The booking fees range from predictabl, to downright laughable.
The million dollar price-tag for artists like Madonna, Justin Timberlake or Bon Jovi comes as no surprise. But it’s some of the other numbers that raise questions.
Looking to book American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken? It could cost you an astounding $85,000 to $100,000. Imagine what the cost of booking Clay will be if he is successful in his bid for Congress?
How about the Barenaked Ladies of 1990s fame? That’ll be $75,000 to $125,000. How many times would they be asked to play “One Week” to justify that price?
You could purchase a Volkswagen Jetta for just under $18,000, or relive your youth with performances by the Ying Yang Twins, Vanessa Carlton or Beenie Man (all under $20,000).
Looking for a real deal? Artists like Ryan Cabrera will cost you less than $10,000. We can only assume this price is for a really energetic, over-the-top performance of “On The Way Down”, the only song we can remember Ryan ever singing.
The most astounding pricing of all is found in the $100,000 range for “stars” like Fantasia, Rob Thomas and Creed. If you have the money to spend on the band, keep in mind it would cost the average of two public school teachers’ salaries to have to sit through this: