Lynley Bilby

Lynley Bilby is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Good Lorde - what a price tag

Private gigs with Kiwi star carry $300,000 fee, says leaked booking agency list.

High-flying Kiwi singer Lorde is reported to be commanding private-appearance fees double those of Alanis Morissette. Photo / AP
High-flying Kiwi singer Lorde is reported to be commanding private-appearance fees double those of Alanis Morissette. Photo / AP

Fancy a private performance from Kiwi Grammy winner Lorde?

Then you'd best have a spare $300,000 to cover her performance fee for one-off private gigs.

According to a list American media have reported was leaked from American booking agency Degy Entertainment, it would usually cost a six-figure sum to secure the Royals singer to perform at birthdays or corporate functions.

The reported $300,000 figure puts the North Shore-raised Ella Yelich-O'Connor, 17, in the same bracket as Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle, controversial singer Robin Thicke and folk-rock band The Lumineers.

Big-name artists fetching eye-watering fees topping $1million for private gigs include Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber and Madonna.

Degy Entertainment is the booking agent for some of the music industry's biggest names.

However, it is not Lorde's official booking agency.

Lorde's North American publicist Alexandra Baker and her New Zealand-based manager Scott Maclachlan declined to comment.

In June Lorde performed at a glitzy 60th birthday party for Auckland property magnate Ted Manson.

Event organisers and party hosts remain tightlipped about how much it cost to have the singer perform for friends and family of the Auckland property developer.

As a 16-year-old, Lorde became the first New Zealand solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In the past year she has bagged a host of industry awards including two Grammys, a Brit award, Billboard Music Awards and most recently a Video Music Award.

Yelich-O'Connor is about to start a tour of North America before returning to perform New Zealand shows later this year.

Meanwhile, a framed copy of the lyrics to Royals is back up for auction, this time on the fledgling social media auction site BuddyBid.

Last night bidding on the item, which had reached reserve, had topped $6500.

The auction, which has attracted international interest, will close tomorrow at 10am.

All proceeds will go to Play It Strange, a creative charity to foster young New Zealanders aspiring to become the next Lorde.

Fees for your favourites

Taylor Swift: $1.2m ($US1m)

Madonna: $1.2m ($US1m)

Lady Gaga: $897,000 (US$750,000)

Foo Fighters: $598,000 ($US500,000)

Alanis Morissette: $175,400 (US$150,000)

Ben Harper: $175,400 (US$150,000)

Source: Degy Entertainment

- Herald on Sunday

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