Model Kate Moss and Michelle Obama are in a bidding war over singer Adele. Both women want her to perform at their birthday bashes. Adele can’t perform at both parties because the birthday parties are only a day apart. Kate’s 40th birthday party is January 16th and Michelle’s 50th birthday party is January 17th. Michelle Obama thinks she is sweetening the pot by promising Adele that she will sing along side Beyonce. The last time Adele was asked to perform at a private party she asked for a $100,000 a minute.Here is the link. Now, by way of comparison, Joseph Haydn earned 15,000 florins or Austro-Hungarian gulden from his very successful trips to London where quite a number of symphonies were premiered. It is very difficult to convert into modern currency, but a few minutes digging around turned up what a florin was equivalent to in silver and, at today's silver price (around $22 an ounce) that converts to about $115,500 US. Or slightly more than one minute of Adele's time.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world I tell you!
But what really gives me pause is the notion that anyone would want to glorify themselves to the extent of hiring a big pop star (or in the case of Michelle Obama, at least two big pop stars) for their birthday party. Just another thing about 21st century popular culture that I will never get.