So This Is How Much Cardi B Is Getting Paid To Play Coachella

11 April 2018, 10:54

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

And it's probably not as much as you'd think.

Cardi B is having pretty good week/month/life. After revealing that she's pregnant with her first child, with Migos rapper Offset, it was almost announced today that her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is expected to go straight to no.1 this week with over 200k in sales. Not bad for a former reality star, huh?

To round it all off, she will be performing for the first time at Coachella music festival in a couple of weeks. And in a new interview with SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation, Cardi revealed just how much money she will be paid.

According to Cardi, she will be paid $70,000 per day. That's $140,000 in total as the Californian festival runs over two weekends. That might sound like a lot of money to you and I but, in fact, that's a bargain for an hour long Cardi B set.

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So why is it so 'cheap'? Well, it's all about timing. Coachella booked Cardi over six months ago. Although that's after 'Bodak Yellow' went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, she still wasn't as big of a draw then as she is today, meaning she was still relatively cheaper to book than other artists of her stature.

Cardi admitted that she will probably lose money on her performance. She's spending nearly $300,000 (of her own money) on the production for her show but she's happy to do so because she views it as an "investment". Considering the festival will be streamed live on YouTube, meaning millions of people will be tuning in for her set, we'd say that's a pretty smart idea.

It's unusual for artists to disclose how much they get paid for festival bookings. It is thought Beyoncé will earn at least $1 million for her headlining set at the festival. We're sure it won't be long till Cardi is getting those big bucks for herself. [H/T Stereogum]

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