NFL Asks Coldplay, Katy Perry & Rihanna to Pay to Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Katy Perry sings during the children's concert in Washington, D.C. to celebrate military families in 2013.

Katy Perry sings during the children’s concert in Washington, D.C. to celebrate military families in 2013.

By Philip Cosores

For most bands, the Super Bowl halftime show is pretty much the best gig on earth.

It would be easy to assume that artists are awarded big bucks for scoring that coveted slot, but not exactly. In fact, the three artists in the running for the 2015 Super Bowl are being asked to pay the NFL for the right to perform their music during what is usually the biggest TV broadcast of the year, much like the high-profile (and expensive) commercials that often generate as much interest as the game itself (the 2014 Super Bowl earned 111.5  million viewers in the U.S. alone).

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the considered acts for this season’s Super Bowl are being asked “if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.”

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