Jennifer Lopez is halfway around the world in the Ukraine.
No, she's not hiding from the press after splitting from husband Marc Anthony. Jenny from the bloc has gotta make a buck. Lopez is reportedly being paid $1 million to perform for a wedding (by comparison, she made about $12 million for her stint on "American Idol").
She joins an elite group of singers who are paid big bucks for private performances. Christina Aguilera reportedly made $1 million to sing for one investor's Halloween party. That comes out to about $16,666 per minute. It's rumored stars like Amy Winehouse command similar rates. Even less-established artists can do well. "American Idol" reject Pia Toscano was paid $100,000 to sing at a party just a few weeks after she was kicked off the show.
Click on the "Launch Gallery" link to see how much other stars made in private performances:
Who's on the high end of the pay scale? Celine Dion reportedly performs two or three private gigs a year, at $6.5 million a pop. Texas tycoon David Bonderman paid The Rolling Stones and John Mellancamp a whopping $7 million to perform at his 60th birthday party.
But the cake goes to The Eagles, who were paid $6 million to sing one song, "Hotel California," by an unknown benefactor. The song's total running time is six minutes and eight seconds, which means the band earned nearly $1 million a minute. Considering Michael Bolton was once paid $75,000 to sing "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the bride at a wedding, The Eagles did really good. Cha-ching!
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