Taylor Swift ‘rejects’ $9M offer for private UAE gig while Beyoncé cashed in over $24 Million - Hindustan Times

Taylor Swift ‘rejects’ $9M offer for private UAE gig while Beyoncé cashed in over $24 Million

ByAditi Srivastava
Apr 12, 2024 09:30 AM IST

Taylor Swift turns down $9 Million offer for private event in UAE

Taylor Swift has reportedly turned down a big offer to perform at a private event in the United Arab Emirates. The pop queen, who is gearing up for the release of her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, was offered a hefty sum of $9 million, according to French Montana. Meanwhile, a 2023 Forbes report highlights that pop stars like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, and others have cashed in millions from private gigs, with Queen Bey topping the list.

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Taylor Swift ‘turns down’ $9M offer in UAE

Last month, Karim Kharbouch, a Moroccan-American rapper better known as French Montana, shared a screenshot of the offer on his social media. While he censored the other performer’s name, he mentioned being offered $1 million to perform and revealed that the other person was offered $9 million in December.

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In a now-deleted post, he wrote, "Somebody just sent me a show offer, who y'all think the $9 million was for lol?" Fans were left guessing until he later disclosed in a new interview with VladTV that the other person was none other than the 14-time Grammy winner, Taylor Swift.

“They had a show offer for me and Taylor — her $9 million, me $1 million,” he said adding, “Somewhere in Emirates.”

Why did Swift reject such a huge offer?

While it's still unknown why the "Bad Blood" singer rejected such a huge deal, money definitely doesn't seem to be an issue. Forbes recently declared her one of the wealthiest musicians in the world, as she became the first musician to achieve a ten-figure status solely through her songs and performances.

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“The 34-year-old pop star amassed an estimated $1.1 billion fortune, based on earnings from the blockbuster tour, the value of her music catalogue and her real estate portfolio.”

Beyoncé cashed in over $24 Million at a private Dubai gig

On the other hand, Beyoncé didn’t shy away from raking in Millions through consecutive private performances. A Forbes 2023 report mentions Beyoncé headlined the launch of the luxurious 'Atlantis the Royal' hotel in Dubai, where she reportedly bagged $24 million for the hour-long set. Beyoncé also performed at the 2018 pre-wedding reception of the daughter of the 9th richest man in the world, Mukesh Ambani, earning an estimated $4,7 million.

According to reports, at a certain event held by Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko, pop star Jennifer Lopez made a staggering $2.8 million. Meanwhile, David Brooks, a former body armor magnate, paid Aerosmith $2.9 million to perform at his daughter's birthday party. In 2011, Billboard reported that Celine Dion was booked for 2-3 private events annually, and she was paid between $8.5 million for each performance.

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