Wishing you could book Justin Timberlake for your college's spring fling? Now you can get an idea of how much cash that'd set you back, thanks to a recent Priceonomics article that exposes purported booking fees for some of music's biggest artists. The Priceonomics list uses data from Degy Entertainment, a third-party booking agency that mostly puts together college and military shows, and shows rates "suggested by the artists' agents per show, pre-expense." According to Zachary Crockett, the author of the Priceonomics post, his numbers were updated in 2014. (This doesn't quite explain why LMFAO, who broke up in 2012, appear on the list.)
The list's fees should be taken with a grain of salt. A rep for Degy Entertainment reached by BuzzFeed had no comment on the validity of the article's numbers. And reps for Cash Money and Lava Records, whose artists Lil Wayne and Lorde appear on the list, told BuzzFeed that defining an artist's average booking fee is a difficult task. "There are so many different variables," a Lava rep said. What artists would would get to play a college show — like the ones Degy helps book — would be different from what they'd pull for a headlining gig at a big New York venue, or for a corporate party. And other factors, like travel, also affect booking fees.
In an email to BuzzFeed, Pricenomics author Crockett wrote, "Whether Degy's numbers are inflated or not, it's ultimately interesting to see how artists gauge against each other."
So, think you know where Katy Perry stacks up against Lady Gaga, according to Degy? Take the quiz:
Kanye WestJustin Bieber
It'll cost you $1 million to book Bieber, but at nearly half the price you can POTENTIALLY book Yeezus for $400-600K.
You get a steal for The Roots at $60-80K, but if you wanna mosh to top-of-the-line Christian rock, Creed will cost you more than $100K.
Lady GagaBon Jovi
You can see Mama Monster perform for $750K, but if you're dying to see John Bon Jovi prance around in his acid-wash jeans, you'll have to fork up $1 milli.
Lady GagaKaty Perry
Gaga will cost you upward of $750K for a performance, but Katy will only cost you $500K.
Trick question: According to Degy, they both cost $150-250K. But we all know how hot Lorde is right now, and that Matchbox 20's best song was when Jurassic Park was in theaters.
Susan BoyleA$AP Rocky
A$AP will surprisingly only cost you $85-120K, while Susan Boyle (whatever happened to her?) will burn a $150-250K hole in your dingy ass pocket.
Big SeanRick Ross
Big Sean, aka Naya Rivera's ex, costs $50-75K to perform. But if you wanna save some cash, and have a trill-ass party, Ricky Rozay's performances have a $30-50K price tag.
The WallflowersThe National
Another trick question! They're in the same range: The National costs $30-40K, while The Wallflowers ask for $35-50K.
About the same, actually! Christina's booking price is in the $350-500K range, while singer/aerial artist Pink costs $400-$600K.
Nicki MinajLil Wayne
Nicki may be more commercially popular, but Lil Wayne still pulls in the bigger paycheck. Wayne costs $350-500K to book, while Minaj's range is $200-300K.
Surprisingly, a show by American Idol runner-up and North Carolina congressional candidate Clay Aiken costs $85-100K, while rapper Future will only cost you $60K.
Cage the ElephantThird Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind STILL costs $65-75K to book, while a performance by Cage the Elephant will only cost $50-60K.
Bruno MarsAlicia Keys
Alicia Keys costs $350-500K to book, while Bruno will only burn a $200-400K hole in your pocket.