Jennifer Lopez Gets $1.5 Million To Perform For Despot - Noise11.com
Jennifer Lopez: Photo By Mary Boukouvalas

Jennifer Lopez: Photo By Mary Boukouvalas

Jennifer Lopez Gets $1.5 Million To Perform For Despot

by Music-News.com on July 3, 2013

in News

Jennifer Lopez was reportedly paid $1.5 million to perform for the Turkmenistan leader.

The singer sang Happy Birthday Mr President to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow at a controversial concert in the Central Asian state.

The country has been described as having ‘one of the world’s most repressive’ regimes because of its terrible human rights record.

Jennifer’s performance took place in the $2 billion resort of Avaza, a huge luxury complex on the country’s Caspian coast.

‘Her private, one-off fee rate is $1.5 million non-negotiable, plus private jet and hotel for her and her entourage,’ a source told Radar Online. ‘Once expenses are included, this gig could have run closer to $2 million.’

Jennifer’s publicist went into damage control after her performance, declining to name the star’s price tag and issuing a carefully worded statement.

‘Had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended,’ the representative said.

Jennifer was hired by the China National Petroleum Corporation for the event, reportedly held to celebrate Mr.Berdimuhamedow’s 56th birthday.

The statement added that Jennifer ‘graciously obliged’ a last minute request to sing Happy Birthday to the dictator at the end of her performance.

Jennifer’s manager has also weighed in on the row, telling TMZ that the star believed she was in Turkmenistan to perform a corporate concert and did not know the Mr.Berdimuhamedow was in the audience.

Benny Medina said there have been no discussions about Jennifer returning her fee.

Meanwhile, human rights activists have spoken out against her decision to perform.

‘Lopez obviously has the right to earn a living performing for the dictator of her choice and his circle of cronies,’ Human Rights Watch president Thor Halvorssen told Radar in a statement.

More from music-news.com

Stay updated with your free Noise11 daily music newsletter. Subscribe to Noise11 Music News here

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Why Did Paul McCartney Cross Abbey Road?

To get to Abbey Road studios, of course!Sir Paul McCartney dropped into the studios he and his fellow Beatles made famous, yesterday (23 July), to do a (not so) secret gig showcasing some new songs from his forthcoming album, Egypt Station, and some from his illustrious past.

July 24, 2018
Paul McCartney at AAMI Park Melbourne on Tuesday 5 December 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Paul McCartney Wins Helpmann Award For Best Australian Concert Of 2017

Sir Paul McCartney can add yet another award to his trophy case, to go along with his Oscar, 8 BRITs, 18 Grammys, and 22 NME awards, to name but a small few.

July 17, 2018
The Beatles White Album
The Beatles White Album Concert Performed Live By Australian Rockers

The imaginatively titled, The Beatles, more commonly referred to as the White Album, will be 50 years old this November.

July 15, 2018
Bruce Springsteen - Photo By Ros O'Gorman, Noise11.com, Photo
Bruce Springsteen Slams Trump’s “Inhumane” Immigration Policy

Bruce Springsteen broke away from the script of his Broadway show on Tuesday night (19Jun18) to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's "inhumane" illegal immigration policy.

June 21, 2018
Aretha Franklin, Noise11, Photo
Aretha Franklin Medical Mystery

Aretha Franklin has been going through something serious medically the last few years, but nobody but her closest confidants know what it is.

August 22, 2013
Sweet Hoffs Covers 3
Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs Release Under The Covers Volume 3

Seven years after covering the 60s and four years after taking on the 70s, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs are back redoing the music of the 80s with Under the Covers, Volume 3, out November 12 from Shout! Factory.

August 21, 2013
Peter Cetera
Peter Cetera In Idaho Wildfire Nightmare

Peter Cetera's home in Ketchum, ID is currently being threatened by the wildfires that have spread to 126,000 acres in the area.

August 21, 2013