Rap legend 50 Cent will pocket €20k for his DJ set in city club
WORLD famous rapper 50 Cent will be picking up a rumoured €20,000 fee for performing in Swords this weekend, the Diary can reveal.
Bagging the star (34) is being hailed as a considerable coup for Michael Wright's northside venue, with fans clamouring to get their hands on tickets for Sunday's event, which sees him taking to the decks.
However, his services certainly don't come cheap, judging by the hefty fee he usually charges for personal appearances.
"He could easily get €20,000 for a gig like that. This is a guy who's known around the world and always pulls in the crowds," said an insider.
"This is going to be his first ever appearance in an Irish club so naturally there's a lot of anticipation surrounding it and organisers are hoping the night will be a massive sell-out."
And there won't be any Guinness or beer laid on at the Wright Venue for the American superstar, who will be performing to a sell-out crowd in the O2 Dublin earlier in the evening. Obviously a man with a taste for the finer things in life, 'Fiddy' has asked for extra bottles of Veuve Clicquot champers to be stocked in Wright's for his performance.
He used to only drink the equally-expensive Cristal champagne before he and his fellow rappers, including Jay Z, famously launched a boycott of the tipple. They were upset over remarks made by the company's MD a few years ago about the champagne being associated with the hip hop culture so now 50 Cent only quaffs Veuve Clicquot on nights out.
And security will naturally be at a premium for the rapper, who has been shot several times, with a ring of steel erected around the Airside club.
Given his troubled history, he never travels anywhere without his massive entourage of burly bouncers and won't be making any exception for his Irish gig. He has also invited Oscar-winning director Jim Sheridan to join him in the club, given that he previously worked with the Dubliner on a biography of his life.
"He has massive respect for Jim after working with him on Get Rich Or Die Tryin and wants to hook up with him while he's in Dublin," the source continued.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, won't be the only big-name star performing in Swords this weekend as he'll be joined on the decks by G Unit alongside Frank Jez and DJ Byron in the Penthouse.
His appearance at the club sees him following in the footsteps of some eclectic personalities, including Peaches Geldof, Seb Fontaine and Pixie Lott.
One of the biggest-selling rappers in the world, he was first discovered by Eminem in 2002 and shot to fame with his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin.
Now on his fourth album, Before I Self-Destruct, the first single Baby By Me sees him joining forces with Ne Yo.