There has been much Coachella talk lately as the festival draws closer. Music fans are expected to gather in their thousands to witness their favorite artists perform at one of the Coachella stages.
MTO News has reported that Kanye West has decided not to go after being named as a headliner. Initial reports stated that Kanye intended to bring Travis Scott along.
Coachella announced that Swedish House Mafia would be replacing Kanye after he bowed out.
The NY Post’s Page Six reports Kanye has walked away with $8 million from Coachella. The outlet then reported that The Weeknd said he wanted that check if he was to perform at the festival.
Page Six stated that although Coachella had announced The Weeknd’s participation it wasn’t finalized. Their “source” revealed, “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.”
It was reported that negotiations became heated. “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 insider added. “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.”