Katy Perry’s rider was revealed on The Smoking Gun. Lo-and-behold she’s a precious pop star who has instructions like:
- Chauffeurs are not allowed to “start a conversation w/ the client.”
- Wheelmen are similarly barred from conversing with Perry’s guests or fans.
- They also are directed not to stare at the backseat through the rear view mirror.
- Drivers should also not “ask for autographs or pictures, and especially not while driving!” (via SmokingGun)
Should we be shocked? Not really. I mean she married Russel Brand, so it’s par for the course.
But the shittiest part of Katy Perry’s rider is the part where she quite literally holds back a number of tickets so she can scalp them herself.
…promoters may be required to hold back tickets for concerts so Perry & Co. can provide them to “resellers” for “distribution to the public” on the “secondary market ….not made available at face price to her fans–scalped at inflated prices by these brokers. (Via SmokingGun)
Shitty, but this again is not that shocking. Even The Boss was involved in a scalping fiasco recently. You see, these mega stars are falling on hard times. It’s understandable that they’d want a cut from those fans who will pay even more for a touch of their magic.
But looking long term, over the course of more than an album or a single, does this type of action create reasons for fans to stick around? Does holding tickets from your fans foster closer relationships?
Hmmm…what happens if Katy Perry’s next single sucks? In the internet age people can see through bullshit and with our ADHD culture, pop stars are about as replaceable as lo-fi electronic bedroom projects.
So while Ms. Perry may be able to get away with this kind of behavior now, that old world is fading away. Enjoy it while it lasts.