Weeknd demands Kanye’s
The Weeknd demands Kanye’s $8.5M Coachella paycheck, threatens to pull out
Coachella organizers allegedly tried to stiff The Weeknd after he stepped in to replace Kanye West as Sunday headliner at the festival later this month.
singer threatened to pull out if he wasn’t paid the same money as West, who was set to rake in $8 million plus a $500,000 production fee.
The Weeknd was the front-runner to replace the “All of the Lights” rapper, who bailed on the gig less than two weeks before showtime.
Coachella organizers announced early on Wednesday that The Weeknd, 32, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia will be taking over the rapper’s slots
But a music source told us the deal wasn’t yet done for the “Blinding Lights” singer.
The source said, “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 source continued, “Even after Coachella announced the new lineup on Wednesday, a deal wasn’t in place for The Weeknd
“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.”