On the one hand, when artists play the highly watched Super Bowl, they stand to get a huge bump in not only album sales but ticket sales for their tours. On the other hand, the NFL has never asked for money before. For the first year in history, The Wall Street Journal reports, the NFL is asking artists (or record labels, rather) to pay for the privilege of headlining the 2015 Super Bowl. They've put out the request to their top three choices: Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry — who, unsurprisingly, aren't thrilled. "The pay-to-play suggestion got a chilly reception from the candidates' representatives." If they won't pay, the NFL is asking whether the musicians "would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league." A pop star layaway program, you could say. Meanwhile, the amount of money the NFL is asking remains undecided, but I'm sure Katy Perry would be happy to sing the "Are You Ready for Some Football?" song.
Watch our new series!
Watch Suicide Squad Become The Dirty DozenView all videos
Most Viewed Stories
Every Netflix Original Series, Ranked
What’s New on Netflix: September 2015
James Bond Author Has a Casually Racist Reason Why Idris Elba Shouldn’t Play 007 [Updated]
How We Are Your Friends and Other August Flops Were Maimed by Bad Marketing
What’s Leaving Netflix: September 2015
Hannibal Redefined How We Tell Stories on Television
These Were the Truman Show VMAs
Bill Murray on Why He Agreed to Make a Ghostbusters 3 Cameo
Quentin Tarantıno on White Supremacy, Obama, and Why He Doesn’t Worry About a Transformers Future
Okay, Good — Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Will Have Great Guests for Its Second Week, Too
Latest News from VultureLet Stephen Colbert Give You Driving Directions
As long as you've got Waze.Vulture Is Hosting Two Panels at New York Comic-Con!
What a flub!Muppets Promo: Scandal’s Huck and Quinn Go Gonzo on Little Gonzo
With a drill, natch.Christina Applegate’s Greatest Acting Challenge: Playing the Lifetime Version of Meryl Streep
We have so. Much. Doubt.Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, and Demi Lovato Are This Season’s First SNL Musical Guests
Cyrus is doing double duty in the season premiere.Hear Escort’s Instant-Classic Disco-House Banger, ‘Body Talk’
'Cause we all could stand a good wiggle in our afternoon.Kesha Will Appear on Jane the Virgin As a Baby-Hating Neighbor
Whoa-oh oh oh.Neil LaBute Explains a Provocative Clip From Dirty Weekend
Learn Alice Eve's sexy secret.How We Are Your Friends and Other August Flops Were Maimed by Bad Marketing
The problem with it and other August movies is that audiences didn't know what they were getting.
It's a tale as old as time.Bill Nye Had a Ball on Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The man loves to dance.Watch Eddie Redmayne Try to Win Another Oscar in The Danish Girl Trailer
So pretty!What’s New on HBO Now: September 2015
Here's what's new on HBO Now this September.Where Could Hannibal Go in a Potential Fourth Season?
And do we really need another season?James Bond Author Has a Casually Racist Reason Why Idris Elba Shouldn’t Play 007 [Updated]
"I think he is probably a bit too street for Bond."New Macbeth Trailer: Something Oscar-y This Way Comes
Out, damned (TV) spot!Read Star Sci-Fi Novelist Jeff VanderMeer’s 9/11-Inspired Short Story, ‘The Goat Variations’
If you call sex “stuff,” you’re not allowed to have it.Bob Odenkirk Talks to Derek Waters About Drunk History, Drinking With David Simon, and the State of Sitcoms
"It smells like work, and it tastes horrible."