Singer Nelly Furtado announced Monday that she's donating the money she was paid by Muammar Qaddafi in 2007 to charity. The move ups the pressure on other top shelf artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent, who received lavish payments from Qaddafi's regime in exchange for musical performances.
"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min," Furtado tweeted. "I am going to donate the $."
In recent days, industry calls for Furtado's peers to donate their earnings from the Libyan regime have intensified as Qaddafi's government uses deadly force on its citizens.
"If it were me, it would go to charity," says R.E.M. agent Buck Williams to Rolling Stone. Arcade Fire agent David T. Viecelli adds, "Hopefully donate it to a charity that somehow assists some of the people who have suffered at the hands of that regime."
Denis Afra, the agent for Metallica, Billy Joel, and Rod Stewart, gives the magazine a bleak look of the musician pay-to-play industry.
"I don't think most artists go into [performing at a party like this] with that kind of in-depth focus, [of] how each country is governed and what goes on inside each country," he says. "Not every artist is a humanitarian. In more cases than not, for people, greed rules."
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