For her 2010 events, Carey has requested such luxuries as a $200 bottle of cabernet sauvignon, two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles in her dressing room, according to a tour rider obtained by the Smoking Gun. The songstress is also specific about how she lounges backstage. Her rider requests that the temperature of her room hover at 75 degrees and the furniture in her "living room space" bear "no busy patterns; black, dark grey, cream, dark pink are all fine."
Many rappers try to distance themselves from law enforcement. Not Lil Wayne, despite having had run-ins with the law for drug and weapons possession. The multiple Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, stipulates in his contract rider that four off-duty cops must accompany him between the hotel and concert venue. "This is a mandatory requirement!!!" the rider reads. "Failure to adhere to anything in the security section of this rider shall be deemed a detriment to the safety of the artist and an immediate breech of contract." But Weezy's not going to be getting that type of treatment any time soon -- he's currently in jail on weapons charges.
Mary J. Blige
At the top of germaphobe Mary J. Blige's list? The stipulation that a brand new toilet seat be installed wherever she plays.
Health-conscious singer Christina Aguilera requests real coffee mugs for her java, along with soy milk, soy cheese, Echinacea, vitamin C and Flintstones chewable vitamins -- guess she still hasn't outgrown them.
The very vegan former Beatle won't ride in a limo with leather seats or stand for leather or animal print furniture in his dressing room -- not even the fake stuff. And while his meals are obviously vegan, too, the Smoking Gun site points out one lapse on Paul's part. The singer requests 24 bars of Ivory soap -- which contain trace amounts of animal fats. Oops.
Sure, they asked for the standard vodka, cotton socks and "nibbles." But ever the family men, Brit rockers Coldplay also had a sweet request: eight pre-stamped local postcards set to send off to faraway family. So lead singer Chris Martin could send his love to wife Gwyneth Paltrow and the kiddies.
Brit hip-hop artist M.I.A. is particular about her cheese. She requests an organic cheese tray featuring cave-aged Gruyere, Swiss and sharp cheddar, along with organic berries, fresh -- not canned -- olives and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
It was the rider that started it all: in 1982, the rockers of Van Halen made an infamous dressing room request: a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones picked out. Little did they know they would inspire music divas and dudes for years to come.
Sona Charaipotra contributed reporting.