Goldenvoice has finally found a replacement for the upcoming event, but what exactly is the drama?
As previously reported, Kanye West stepped out of his headlining act at the forthcoming 2022 Coachella Music Festival earlier this week, and was replaced by The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia, according to the music festival’s announcement on Wednesday.
The “Blinding Lights” singer subsequently confirmed his inclusion in the lineup on social media, sharing a photograph of the freshly revised flier. Kendall Jenner expressed her support for him in the form of a praying-hands emoji in the comments section of his Instagram announcement.
However, this is where the Coachella drama started when Page Six revealed that the rapper was supposed to get $8 million plus a $500,000 production fee for his performance. The Weeknd is now allegedly threatening to withdraw from the event if he isn’t paid the same amount as West.
“The Weeknd came in at short notice to take Kanye’s top spot. But Phil Anschutz [who owns the Coachella Festival through AEG Live] wanted to hold on to Kanye’s money and pay The Weeknd far less, just a few million. The festival would pocket the rest,” the source said to the publication.
“Even after Coachella announced the new lineup on Wednesday, a deal wasn’t in place for The Weeknd, who threatened to pull out at an hour’s notice if he didn’t get the same deal as Kanye.”
“Finally, on Wednesday — faced with the prospect of a second headline act pulling out of Coachella at the last minute — Anschutz’s company caved and agreed to pay The Weeknd the same money,” the source added.