Drake Earns Over $150,000 Per Show, Documents Reveal

Drake pulls a hefty paycheck from each show, but how does he compare with other artists?

Concert promoters take note: if you want to book Drake, you'll have to reach deep into your pockets.

Documents from thesmokinggun.com reveal that the Young Money rapper pulls $155,000 per show, making him among the higher-paid acts in all of Hip Hop. But how does he compare with other acts?

Drake is far outdone by acts such as Rascal Flatts ($702,500), Kiss ($500,000), Keith Urban ($487,500) and Justin Bieber ($300,000). However, the Toronto emcee's price eclipses Selena Gomez' ($100,000), "American Idol" winner Kris Allen ($12,500), Sheryl Crow ($146,500) and Jordin Sparks ($75,000).

Currently, Drake is working on his sophomore album, Take Care.

88 Comments

  • Samantha

    love drake's feature on J. Cole's new mixtape "Friday Night Lights". J. Cole is seriously about to BLOW UP! can't wait to see what's next for him - he is no doubt one of the next new stars of hip hop

    • Anonymous

      j.cole is a fuckin pussy makin weak nigga music. garbage flow wack voice no personality. he aint doin shit. he gonna flop like every other jigga artist. jay already moved on from j cole. mixtape messiah, major label hoe.

  • sam

    I wonder what his ghostwriter makes?

  • ROY

    @J-KUNT DA FAG! FUCK U GET A JOB U BROKE ASS LAZY MUTHAFUCKA!!!! STOP BITCHIN!!! GROW A PAIR!!!

  • ROY

    MAN FUCK DRAKE JAY-Z ALL DAY!!! JAY-Z MAKIN MONEY!!!! JAY-Z MAKIN THAT HEAT!!!! SUCK A MAD FAT DICK HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OPEN UR DAMN EARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J-hunt da Prodigy

    a million a week while touring that is

    • Anonymous

      UR GAY!!! NO ONE SHOULD RESPECT U!!! KILL URSELF!!! FAG!!!! I MAKE MORE MONEY THEN U!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 I AM BETTER THEN U!!!

  • J-hunt da Prodigy

    So that nigga make roughly a million a week. My whole family combined doesn't make that shit in one year. Life's a bitch

  • frank

    stop hatin if u really didnt like him y u commentin or even clickin on da topic n if ur jus tryin to be disrepectful what is gon do really change the reality that drake doing big things nope try again lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    who gives a fuck. drake a rich faggot from the burbs anyway, hes a chid actor who grew up in a canadian castle frontin like he's a rap star. manufactured bisexual nigga, designed to capture the attention of weak fag niggas and dumb girls. 150 grand for this homo to come through and spit his wack ass ghostwritten rhymes? biggest chump in the industry, jewish frankenstien.

    • Anonymous

      To sum it up: Drake's a faggot.

    • Anonymous

      I took the liberty to repost all the ignorance in this rant! drake a rich faggot from the burbs hes a chid actor who grew up in a canadian castle (what??) manufactured bisexual (how would you know that) nigga, designed to capture the attention of weak fag niggas and dumb girls.(really) jewish frankenstien.(how did you pull that statement off?)

    • shitlips

      the amount of ignorance in this statement made my fucking head explode.

  • frank

    dats whats up goooooooooooo drake all the haters shut da fuck up u broke motherfuckers!lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    @ NAAPYCAP5@HOTMAIL.COM First off, I was really about to address your apparent ignorance in regards to grammar but then you mentioned that you were from BILOXI,MS and it all suddenly became so clear to me LOL! You ask where would white people be w/o rap/hiphop? Where we are now……. On top lol! We took over your hair business and gave it to the cheeks. We took over rock and roll, jazz, and any other music that you bastards started but wasn’t smart enough to maintain. Hell, you love Jesus b/c we told you too lol! Or you love Allah b/c our cousins (The Arabs told you to lol). We took YOU from your land and made you build ours lol! We gave you crack and guns in return and in return you give us everything. We gave you Obama too so you better google who he is actually some kin to before you get mad at that lol! Veni, Vidi, Vici bee youch!!!!! I know your (not you’ll) country ass don’t know what that mean so I’ll translate for you. Veni, Vidi, Vici means I CAME, I SAW, I CONQUERED – Julius Caesar. Side note: What has BILOXI, MS done for hip hop you country ass bama….. go run down a dirt road with no shoes on lol!

    • Wow

      With comments like yours, Naapycaps should have revised his question: Where would "your God's (as you put it) world" be without white devils?

    • isn't it funny?

      while* and ...copy and exploit?*

    • isn'titfunny?

      you berate someone for incorrect grammar usage whole your own posts need correcting. then you brag about the usurp of intellectual property and ancestors while proclaiming yourself superior. your comment only reinforces nappycaps point - where would you be without someone laying the groundwork for you to copy and exploit.

  • TyCasey

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  • kianna h.

    not gonna lie ... young monewy does a hell of a job promoting their artists.... drake and nicki also have endorsement / sponsorship deals with sprite, kodak, mac lipstick ( ncki), and at&t..... they promote their artists heavily on rsdio too.... hope he has a good business mgr

  • franklin

    This is marketing guys. now for a fact, drake is getting 17000 euro for shows here in europe.

  • Atl2Trill

    WTH??? This proves that he's a prepackage product. It's MC's and rappers who's been doing it for yrs and don't make 150k a show. Drake is a pop star basically. I won't pay one red cent for his music or shows wit his overexposed ass.

  • sun_god7

    Good for him. Hope he supports work being done in the Black community. If he is making $ from Black culture - he must give back to Black people.

    • Anonymous

      nappy you sound dumb as fuck where would white people be without hip hop for creativity lol less see Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Monet, Michaelangelo, Mark Twain, the greatest creative artists throughout history are white and didnt need hip hop

    • McNulty

      Fuck that guy, he's just a weak fuck who is too pussy to even give a name when he's trolling. He's a stupid middle schooler with no friends. Seriously guys, can we stop with the online racial war, that shit is so 2003

    • NAAPYCAP5@HOTMAIL.COM

      WHERE WOULD WHITE PEOPLE BE WITHOUT HIPHOP OR RAP,BETTER YET WHAT WOULD YOU'LL BE DOING?(THERE IS AN DIFFERENCE IN HIPHOP AND RAP)SOULJA BOY IS RAP/NAS IS HIPHOP.CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE.HIPHOP DOES'NT GET RADIO PLAY,AND I BUY ALBUMS IF ITS WORTH IT.NO BOOTLEG HERE ANONYMOUS.!!!!! TELL ME WHERE WOULD YOU'LL CREATIVE MINDS BE(SHOOTING UP MORE SCHOOLS,BECAUSE YOU'LL DON'T HAVE SWAG,NOT COOL DUDE,OR ENTERTAINING). EMINEM GAVE YOU'LL PRESENCE NOW RUN WITH IT AND SHUTUP BITCH.!!!!!...OGB. I DON'T HAVE TO HIDE (NAPPYCAP 2436 BEACH BLVD BILOXI,MS)

    • Anonymous

      FUCK BLACK PEOPLE. They always want someone to give back to them when their asses are not even the ones buying the records. When you niggers start helping urself then others will start to think about it so GTFOHWTBS nigger

    • STUPID WHITE MAN

      Peace god Co-sign But you know that will probably never happen. Hell, its hard enough to get full blooded black people to give back to the community, so to expect anything more or equal from a half breed/mongrel (LOL) who grew up in suburbs of Toronto might be far fetched. Peace 7

  • Nico 3

    $155,000 a show is impressive. Hey, get the money while you can.

  • DallasUCMR

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  • hahaha

    if he is making that much money i say we all pick up a mic and start practicing! because for half of that money i will fucking stab that bitch oprah in the gut!

  • Anonymous

    Drake is closer to the likes of Justin Beiber or Rascal Flatts then any actual hiphop artist. The same people that pretend Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were hiphop are now saying Drake is.

  • Anonymous

    haha i bet half the people talkin shit dont even have a job -___-

  • Shlomi TalentDisplay Samya

    Hahahaha no wonder he said screw a 360 deal

  • ronaldo1122

    hes being compared to them, because hes a pop artists as well. he aint no rapper since his mixtapes, i was expecting a sick debut album it was sht and filled with pop tunes all he does now is try singin on every track and his rap verses are wack.

    • ronaldo112@hotmail.com

      dont matter he shouldnt be in list like hottest rappers when his rappin is wack hes not even in a top 100 rappers list and hes started using that auto tune sht coz he knows hes wack

    • wunjesus

      what R&B is no where near the same as pop and if you listened to drake when he was underground you would realize that his style didn't change not once you say it was meant to be all rap but did drake the person that made that album say it was meant to be all rap it was a good album for people that appreciate how much time and effort goes into creating a music soulful driven record

    • ronaldo112

      ye r n b same shit pop garbage it was meant to be a rap album dont say you can class that album as rap

    • wunjesus

      i heard r&b name one pop tune that was on his debut

  • adam1122

    drake is a pop artist

  • hiphop1111

    they compared him to other pop artists because thats what he is. he aint no rapper since his mixtapes, i was expecting a sick debut album it was sht and filled with pop tunes all he does now is try singin on every track and his rap verses are wack. Jcole gonna blow up soon he'll show him how to make it in the rap game

  • Sensaye25

    The corporate world's first homegrown prodigy/ after rap was officially made white America's commodity/ this was the conversation that took place among the white men/ "Listen guys, we need a nigger with real light skin/ I got this jewish black kid, people will really like him/ his Dad's a rich kike, so he'll never catch an indictment/ he has the smile and appeal of a guy like common sense/ except he never spits any of that bullshit consciousness/ hes more concerned with his money and his accomplishments/ overconfidence almost to the point of pompousness/ and oh, he sings too, I'm telling you he's perfect/ we've created a clone for all these stupid niggers to worship!"

    • CENTRAL BANK

      LOL... But I think his Moms the rich white kike and his pops is a black man. But non the less, its still an accurate portrayal.

    • wunjesus

      you see its something that yall haters have to understand/its because of yall is the reason drake is in such high demand/ a new young nigger on the scene spitten fire/ and yall mad because he doing it better then your favorite artist did it prior/ it don't matter what color dark skinned or light skinned/ music has no color i block your negative thoughts like a tight end/ im a master of the arts a black belt in this game and i did it my way/ with out any help i was just like fuck you sensay/ its niggas like you that on the blog talk some mad shit/ but if you met him in person you would ask to suck his dick/ i can bully all you haters like my name was biff/ and hit you out of the park but i am not Reggie smith/ i have passion for this game to but i dont wanna be broke/ the same thing can be said about eminem why yall not at his throat/ but yall the people that say souja boy is the definition of what talent is/ and love all the dance shit content its pure nonsence

    • wunjesus

      you see its something that yall haters have to understand/its because of yall is the reason drake is in such high demand/ a new young nigger on the scene spitten fire/ and yall mad because he doing it better then your favorite artist did it prior/ it don't matter what color dark skinned or light skinned/ music has no color i block your negative thoughts like a tight end/ im a master of the arts a black belt in this game and i did it my way/ with out any help i was just like fuck you sensay/ its niggas like you that on the blog talk some mad shit/ but if you met him in person you would ask to suck his dick/ i can bully all you haters like my name was biff/ and hit you out of the park but i am not Reggie smith/ i have passion for this game to but i dont wanna be broke/ the same thing can be said about eminem why yall not at his throat/ but yall the people that say souja boy is the definition of what talent is/ and love all the dance shit content its pure nosecone

    • Sensaye25

      Don't get your panties in a bunch kid, I'm just at work killing time. All that shit I jotted down there is true though.

    • gutter man

      im hard to impress but what your saying is true. drake needs to be stopped. im not a hater and i actually dont mind nicki's new shit, but drake is so over-rated - it dosnt make sense how he blew up so fast with no skills and his image is so fugazi. corporate takeover bitch's- and you all suck capitalism and globalisations balls- dummies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      get a job hoe

    • Anonymous

      that shit is hot, true and funny.

    • uhm

      You're retarded. I feel like I caught it after reading that. Go away.

  • hiphop1

    they compared him to other pop artists because thats what he is. he aint no rapper since his mixtapes, i was expecting a sick debut album it was shit and filled with pop tunes all he does now is try singin on every track and his rap verses are wack. J.cole gonna blow up soon he'll show him how to make it in the rap game

  • Anonymous

    he should do it for free, for the love of it

  • edubb1977

    I see a lot of you are complaining about whats in another mans pockets. So what if he gets 150k for a show good for him. We all know drake is a b.s. rapper but hey hes blessed enough to get that kind of cake so why hate? One more thing this country pay celebs so much because this country loves entertainment and people are willing to pay for b.s. than pay for something that has meaning. just my thoughts and by the way Drake will be off the radar in about another year.

  • HHH, that's me

    Ah... HipHopDX - the haven for lowlife haters that have nothing better to do than to hate on successful people. I applaud Drake, because he showed that you actually can do this shit on your own and get serious dow... He, 40 and Boi-1da literally put Canada on the hip-hop map by doing their own thing, and they conquered the whole game. From making a mixtape that sounded like an album, to having 2 smash hits from said mixtape, to being the most successful new rapper since Kanye.. That's commendable you black hearted, basement dwelling, no love in your life getting haters. Don't hate, congratualte.

  • zuri1

    That's funny that he is making $155,000 per show because I wouldn't even go see him with free tickets. If I want to see Wayne,I will see Wayne - Not a Lil Wayne want to be.

  • Anonymous

    that's a lot of money for such a bullshit rapper

  • MikThomas

    Well thats a lot but nothing in comparison to jay and em. I know that this past summer in switzerland, Jay and Em were both at a hip hop festival getting a million dollars each for there performances.

    • anonymous

      of course look at who you talkn bout. drake aint even close to those two and shouldnt even be paid that much he sucks dick heavy.

  • The FED

    @Drakesdabest How much of that shit does that faggot give you, cause you sure all on his sack! Fuck outta here talking shit like you know the man.

  • Drakesdabest

    hehe...who is laughing all da way to da bank now? Hell yeah! Drake is da man ya all. Who the F*** is Selena btw? and chris Allen? WTF 12000? Thats so lame LOL

  • WTF??

    Why didn't they compare to him to other rappers/his peers? C'mon DX! Who cares how much drake makes in comparison to Kiss? I wanna see how much he makes in comparison to Ye, Em, etc

  • Mark Shale

    All these broke asses wannabe CPA ass lames up in here hating on the kid drizzy b/c your man crushes aka favorite rappers aint getting to the paper lol! Tell'em why you mad son? Your dumb ass cousin is the one over there risking his life fighting this rich white man's war when they are paying him pennies. The sad part is when he get out he will indeed have to fight for his benefits. Your cousin is a fucking tool at best nothing more and just maybe a few things less LOL! Oh yeah, how is your name going to be OBAMALOVER and be hating on Drake? LOL! Obama fuck ass aint doig shit but making shit worst. Get a job beee youch

    • Chad Luckner

      Look at you man, taking all your hate out on me and calling me OBAMALOVER just because I said something about your boyfriend Drake. You put all that thought into that sorry ass attempt to make fun of me and my family hahaha. Yeah you call my cousin a dumbass, grew up in nothing, finished school and decided to follow in his fathers footsteps and fight for this country that you live in! Stop with all this white mans war shit, you don't even know how the government works son! There's corrupt people from all races, white included. You're a fucking disgrace to disrespect people in the military because they provide that you sleep good at night. You probably haven't been in a fight just sitting behind your computer dissing people. Pathetic man, straight up!

  • Anonymous

    bieber makes 300k wonder how much usher makes....

  • Chad Luckner

    Man this country is so fucked up with theie treatment of celebrities. $150,000 per show? For doing what, singing and spitting tired ass rhymes? Not even some doctors make that much in a year. My cousin is just got his eardrum busted in the war in Iraq and he has to fight everyday and he barely makes $15,000 per year. I saw Drake at a performance at my sisters college because it was free with Baby from Cashmoney and they can't perform for shit! I've seen DMX, Nas, and Ludacris and those dudes can kill it. This dude drake comes out with girls bras attached to his microphone sining "Girl, I know you love me baby" that shit is wack. I'm not hating, just speaking from my experience going to peoples concerts, these dudes are not worth $150,000 per show

    • One Cool Dude

      ... totally agree. I also watched a free concert at the University of South Florida, it was okay. I say good job Drake, but this country needs to do something with it's obsession with celebrities. It's quite pitiful, I guess it's to have everyone chase after cash while leaving out life, then again this country has a reputation for being dumb lazy. Travel outside this country, we Americans are very hated, thankfully some foreigners realize that our government is screwing things up. lol. Only hip hop concerts I will go to are Lupe, Black Milk, Em, J Cole, Slaughterhouse, Mos Def, Nas even T.I. has good concerts.

    • bobby

      Point well made, I fully agree with you. Drake is all hype, and in a couple years will be off the radar.

    • Foodstamp

      Don't hate on Drake for how much he makes per show. It's an investment for the promoter, he's the one paying him, and then he turns around and sells enough tickets and merchandise to make money off that $155k..As for quality of concert, I refuse to go to a hip hop concert unless it's Em, Jay, Lupe, or people on their level b/c they know how to control their breathing enough to know what the fuck their saying and a hype man doesn't spit half their show

  • Malz Mula

    why is he naming his album take care.. i bet its gonna change b4 it drops it always does.. but thats wah sup he pulling sum nice bank for them shows Check Ya Boi Out i Got That Fiyyaa facebook.com/malzmoney twitter.com/malzmoney

  • NUMBA 1 HATER

    YOUNG MONEY = POP ASS NIGGAS

  • NUMBA 1 HATER

    fuck drake that nigga is trash and he a pussy ass nigga, diss me and i'll never reply for it ass nigga KIM KILLED THIS NIGGA

  • Desu-Ops

    Actually, it's $150,000 minus hospital bills when the nigga trips & break his ankles.

  • Anonymous

    i never go to concerts they're pointless

  • hellrazor

    looks like being wack pays off

  • Anonymous

    i see why everybody wanna be in this biz... the money is easy eh

  • beezlebud

    If Rascal Flatts gettin ($702,500) id be curious to see wtf Eminem's baggin per show as for Drake I wouldnt give dude .000150 pence to perform at one of my shows dude cant spit for shit hollah @ BEEZLEBUD on Twitter

    • beezlebud

      he cant spit dudes fuckin garbage id eat him alive period

    • INFLUENCE

      Drake can't spit? Listen to his first mixtape and tell me he can't spit- http://www.datpiff.com/DJ_Smallz_Drake_Room_For_Improvement.m52014.html before he got wit YM he was da shit

  • Prevster

    Not referencing anyone in his genre.. How is that a comparison? What is his cost vs a full lifeband with spectacle? This type of news is very cheap imho

  • obamalover

    Drake is soooo whack!

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