Beyonce paid at least $4 million to sing in pre-wedding gig in India?

Beyonce paid at least $4 million to sing in pre-wedding gig in India?
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MUMBAI - How much does Beyonce charge for a 45-minute private concert?

Pundits said the American superstar could have pocketed US$3 million (S$4.1 million) to US$4 million when she performed on Sunday (Dec 9) in Udaipur, India.

Her star turn was a big talking point at the lavish pre-wedding festivities celebrating the marriage of Ms Isha Ambani, 27, daughter of India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, and Mr Anand Piramal, 33, son of another business tycoon.

Beyonce set a party mood with songs like Crazy In Love, Naughty Girl and Perfect, and went through several eye-catching outfit changes, reported the Hindustan Times.

Her bill was part of the US$100 million that was estimated to have been spent in all on the wedding, which took place in Mumbai on Wednesday (Dec 12), reported Bloomberg.

But Bustle magazine noted that Beyonce does not top the chart tracking who makes what at private gigs.

That distinction goes to Jennifer Lopez, who can charge up to US$5 million a performance.

Bollywood, Beyonce, and bling as daughter of India's richest man marries in US$100m wedding

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    Topping anything in hit film Crazy Rich Asians, the only daughter of India's richest man, ties the knot on Wednesday (Dec 12) after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert at a lakeside palace.

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    Ms Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, wed Mr Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis' 27-storey home in Mumbai.

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    Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride's favourite singer.

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    Attendees included Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars, including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, as well as cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar.

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    Actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas, who themselves became husband and wife earlier this month, were also guests at Udaipur's City Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola.

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    Wednesday evening's actual wedding was set to be a more private affair with around 600 close friends and family, and some politicians, expected to be on the guest list.

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    There was a high police presence in the south Mumbai area around the Ambanis' home, which is called Antilia and reportedly cost over US$1 billion (S$1.37 billion) when it was completed in 2010.

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    Conservative estimates have put it around US$15 million while others insist US$100 million is closer to the truth.

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    US singer Beyonce will perform at the wedding of the daughter of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, along with Bollywood stars, and guests will be flown in on 100 chartered flights in lavish marriage celebrations.

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    Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, who got married last week, will also attend.

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    Isha Ambani, 27, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, in the financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, but the festivities begin this weekend in the desert city of Udaipur, with three days of song, dance and pre-wedding rituals.

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    Indian media have speculated that the guest list includes former US President Bill Clinton, along with his wife and Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

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    Wedding guests have access to an app mapping out the activities, which include a private concert by Beyonce.

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    The wedding will bring together two of India's most influential families.

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    Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, has a net worth of $47 billion, Forbes magazine says. T

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    The Piramals have interests in pharmaceuticals and real estate, and according to a report in the news magazine India Today, have given the couple a 50,000-sq-foot (4,645-sq-m) sea-facing home in Mumbai.

Billboard magazine also previously reported that Texas billionaire David Bonderman paid rockers Rolling Stones US$7 million to perform for an hour at his 60th birthday party.

But if you are a mere millionaire, you can still stretch your dollar by booking, say, Christina Aguilera or Mariah Carey, who each reportedly charges US$1 million.

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Estimated to cost a cool US$100 million - $10 million less than Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding - the Ambani-Piramal wedding is perhaps the most lavish Indian event of the year. http://str.sg/oB69

Posted by The Straits Times on Tuesday, 11 December 2018

And while you may not be able to afford Beyonce's bill, you can still get her husband, rapper Jay-Z, to make your event memorable. Just pay him US$1 million.

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