The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the contract had not been made public.
A person familiar with the situation says Nicki Minaj is getting $12 million to be a judge on "American Idol."
A person in the music industry with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday that the singer-rapper will receive $12 million for a one-year contract with the hit Fox singing series. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the contract had not been made public.
Fox announced earlier Sunday that Minaj and country singer Keith Urban will be judges on "Idol" when the show returns in January. They will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. A representative for Urban wouldn't disclose the singer's compensation for "Idol."
The AP reported in July that Carey is receiving just shy of $18 million for a one-year contract with a renewal option.