Singing the Gadhafi Blues
Posted on Mar 4, 2011
A host of songsters apparently have cashed in on the Libyan regime in recent years, with several stars, including Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Lionel Ritchie, being paid $1 million a pop to entertain the Gadhafi clan.
Furtado said early in the week that she would donate the money she received for her 2007 Gadhafi gig to charity. —JCL
Libyan strongman Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody suppression of a huge popular uprising is generating international outrage. But it’s also raising awkward questions for some of pop music’s biggest names.
Earlier today, Nelly Furtado announced on Twitter that she would donate the $1 million she was paid by the Gaddafi “clan” in 2007 to play a concert at an Italian hotel.
But the Maneater is hardly the only big-time star who has reportedly cashed in by performing for members of Libya’s hard-partying first family. And not everyone seems to be following her example by pledging to give up the dough.
Mariah Carey, who performed in St. Bart’s in 2008 for members of the Gadhafi family, said Thursday that she was “embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”