The Weeknd stepped in to replace Kanye West at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. He threatened to walk out if he isn’t paid the same as Kanye West. The rapper withdrew from the festival less than two weeks before the performance because he wanted to seek therapy.
This came after he publicly humiliated Kim Kardashian and her lover Pete Davidson on social media. Coachella organizers revealed on Wednesday, April 6, that The Weeknd, 32, and dance music band ‘Swedish House Mafia’ will take up Kanye’s slots on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24.
But an insider revealed that the singer still wants the same amount as Kanye which is, $8.5 million, plus an extra $500,000 in production expenses. This year’s Coachella will be taking place on April 15-17 and 22-24.
According to the insider, “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 ‘Sacrifice’ singer declined the offer, sparking heated discussions with Phil Anschutz’s Goldenvoice, which produces the festival.
“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,” the source continued. “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 insider also verified Kanye’s withdrawal from the festival, stating, “Kanye has definitely pulled out of Coachella. He hasn’t been rehearsing or putting on a production.”