NFL says Super Bowl halftime performers will have to pay

Every year, millions of us tune in to see the Super Bowl halftime show. And tons of artists hope they'll be picked for the huge, career-changing performance. But this year, things are changing a little bit for those who want to perform.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the three musicians left in the running are Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry. But if they want the gig, they'll have to pay.

The Journal reports the NFL has asked "at least some of them" to pay a portion of their post-game tour income to the league, or make another type of payment, if they are chosen.

And sources told the Journal that this request "got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives."

Joanna Hunter, an NFL spokeswoman, said the league's only goal is "to put on the best possible show."

Clearly, due to the giant exposure the Super Bowl has, a lot of artists see boosts in their careers after headlining the halftime show.

The most recent show with Bruno Mars had over 115 million viewers, which was more than the actual game itself. The day after the game, Mars put his "Moonshine Jungle" tour tickets on sale. And Beyoncé acted similarly after her 2013 performance - she announced her "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour right afterwards, and tickets went on sale a week later.

Traditionally, halftime performers don't get paid, but the NFL does pick up the tab on travel and production costs. This rule would take things to a whole new level.

Super Bowl XLIX will be played outside of Phoenix on February 1st, 2015.


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