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One Million Per Minute, Ten Gratuitous Private Concerts

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News about celebrity performers taking huge sums of money to perform for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi, has brought shame on the likes of Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Nelly Furtado. They have all quickly given money to charity to mitigate the damage done to their image — being seen to do business with dictators is bad for celebrities you see, though it’s okay if you’re a Senator, or President.

In light of these offensive private shows, The Hollywood Reporter has taken a look at some of the most shocking sums singers have made off of private shows in the past. Here are ten of the most gratuitous:

10. Amy Winehouse took just under $1 million to perform at a Russian oligarch’s corporate party in Moscow in 2010.

9. Guns N’ Roses reportedly took $1 million to perform in Moscow for the deputy chairman of Russia’s Federal Grid Company.

8. Mariah Carey took $1 million to perform four songs for Qaddafi’s son for a New Year’s Eve party on St. Barts in 2008.

7. Christina Aguilera allegedly took $1 million to perform for only an hour at investor Charles Brandes’ Halloween party in 2010.

6. Jennifer Lopez made over $2 million performing for a Russian billionaire’s birthday party in 2007. Her set was only 40 minutes long.

5. Tom Jones took $3.1 million for performing at a Red Cross charity in 2010. He is rumored to have donated most of it.

4. Celine Dion allegedly takes “2-3 private U.S. gigs a year” at the modest rate of $6.5 million per show.

3. The Rolling Stones earned $7 million to play an hour long set at a Texas investor’s 60th birthday party in 2002.

2. Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Kenny G and the Eagles collectively took in $10 million to play a bat mitzvah for the daughter of Point Blank Solutions Inc.’s CEO David Brooks in 2005. Apparently, he also paid Aerosmith $2 million to let his nephew play drums with them. Brooks was later charged with fraud for using company money to pay for his frivolities.

1. The Eagles. According to THR, an unknown benefactor once paid them $6 million to play one song — “Hotel California,” at a private gig in New York City. Like many of The Eagles songs, “Hotel” is long, heading over six minutes. Still, that’s nearly $1 million per minute.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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