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Posted on May 23, 2014

Can You Guess How Much It Costs For Creed To Play At Your College?

If this list of musicians' booking fees is any indication, it's easier to get Snoop to perform at your college than Creed.

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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:

  1. Kanye West or Justin Bieber?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It'll cost you $1 million to book Bieber, but at nearly half the price you can POTENTIALLY book Yeezus for $400-600K.

  2. Creed or The Roots?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  3. Lady Gaga or Bon Jovi?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  4. Lady Gaga or Katy Perry?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Gaga will cost you upward of $750K for a performance, but Katy will only cost you $500K.

  5. Matchbox 20 or Lorde?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  6. Susan Boyle or A$AP Rocky?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  7. Big Sean or Rick Ross?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  8. The Wallflowers or The National?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Another trick question! They're in the same range: The National costs $30-40K, while The Wallflowers ask for $35-50K.

  9. Pink or Christina Aguilera?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    About the same, actually! Christina's booking price is in the $350-500K range, while singer/aerial artist Pink costs $400-$600K.

  10. Nicki Minaj or Lil' Wayne?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  11. Future or Clay Aiken?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    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.

  12. Cage the Elephant or Third Eye Blind?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Third Eye Blind STILL costs $65-75K to book, while a performance by Cage the Elephant will only cost $50-60K.

  13. Bruno Mars or Alicia Keys?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Alicia Keys costs $350-500K to book, while Bruno will only burn a $200-400K hole in your pocket.