Multi-millionaire rejects star's huge fee
Michael Baggs

10:01 14th March 2013

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A wealthy South African businessman was forced to change his daughter's wedding plans, after it was discovered that the £2.5million fee to book Adele was a little out of his price range.

Fruit juice 'tycoon' Vivian Imerman is set to spend a fortune on his daughter Megan's wedding at London's Grosvenor Hotel, but his budget wouldn't stretch to the 25 minute performance - which would have netted Adele £100k per a minute.

"Vivian is planning a lavish wedding," says a source to The Daily Mail. "He paid Amy Winehouse thousands to perform at his eldest daughter Bianca's wedding three years ago. He hoped to do the same again with Adele."

"But he was surprised when he was told she'd cost £2.5m," the wedding gossip added. "Despite his bulging bank balance even he thought it was too expensive and is looking at other artists."

Any UK appearance from Adele may become a rarity however, with rumours suggesting the singer is set to make a permanent move to America after fellow UK star Robbie Williams recommended raising children stateside.


It's not cheap to book an Oscar winner for your wedding

The 'Someone Like You' star has previously denied reports that she will quit London life, but tabloid reports claim she is considering moving to America to raise her son outside of the UK capital.

Adele can see the benefits of bringing up a child in the US," says a source to The Daily Mirror, who claims Adele has been in discussions with Robbie Williams and Ayda Field about LA life. "They can be outside, enjoying the weather and loving life out of the spotlight. Adele and her man Simon (Konecki) are looking at a pad in one of the exclusive gated communities of Beverly Hills."

Below: find out how much the biggest stars charge for private shows

  • Mariah Carey - Mariah will play a four song set for you for just $250k (about £164,515). Per song. So that's a million dollars then. For four songs.

  • Christina Aguilera - Ms Aguilera was paid $1m (about £658,094) to play an hour long show at a private Halloween party.

  • Lily Allen - Apparently it will cost 150,000 pounds to have Lily appear at your party - but she'll sing to a backing track, not with a band. Obviously she'll need petrol money and somewhere to stay too. That was in 2008, though, so perhaps it'll cost more to get her away from her family now.

  • Jay-Z - Jay-Z was paid $1m (about £658,094) to perform at a private Las Vegas New Year's Eve party. Half what his wife was paid, so presumably she bought the Christmas presents.

  • The Prodigy - Considering the legendary status The Prodigy enjoy in the UK and around the world, £250k for a private appearance really isn't too bad.

  • Roxy Music - If you want to see Roxy Music appear at your party it'll cost you a cool £200k, but that doesn't include production costs (stage, lights, sound board etc) or the cost of the band's rider.

  • Cher - Revelling in her role as a living legend, Cher charges $1.5m (just under a million pounds sterling) to appear at a private function.

  • Jamiroquai - It'll apparently cost 500k to have Jamiroquai come and perform at your party. But the cost doesn't end there. You'll need to provide accomodation for the band (five star hotel) and the crew if they have to stay the night (four star hotel). Jay Kay needs a suite, and then you'll need to book 18 single rooms with king size beds. The additional rider is just 'usual band rider stuff', so that's a silver lining.

  • Justin Bieber - The teen pop superstar was paid $1m (about £658,094) to play an hour-long private show. We think the money is going towards expanding his colection of hats.

  • Kanye West - Kanye West charged the president of Kazakhstan $3million for private show, proving that it doesn't matter how controversial the political figure - Weezy is ready to sign the dotted line.

  • Beyonce - Queen Bey was once paid $2 million to perform on a private island at New Year's Eve. Sometimes, if you drive a hard bargain, she's willing to reduce that fee to a modest $1 million. Only if you are a princess though. An actual one.

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