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The Weeknd Says He Won’t Play Coachella Without Kanye’s Paycheck, Twitter Reacts

Save Your Tears singer The Weeknd is all geared up for Coachella this year but there is a twist in the tale. He recently announced that he will be replacing Donda rapper Kanye at the popular music festival only if he is paid the same as West. Ye dropped out just a few weeks before the two-weekend California festival.

The Weeknd Demands a Hefty Paycheck for Coachella

The 32-year-old has asked for a total of  $8.5 million for his Coachella performance. This is the same amount that was earlier being given to Kanye West. As per the reports of Page Six, the singer has stated that if he doesn’t get paid as per his wish then he wouldn’t perform at Coachella.

When West was supposed to perform at Coachella he asked for $8 million plus an additional $500,000 as a production fee. Apart from The Weeknd, we would see stars like Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles and Doja Cat at Coachella.

What did the close sources have to say about The Weeknd replacing Kanye?

The source spilled the beans on Abel Makkonen Tesfaye taking the place of West. 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 festival would pocket the rest.”

The source further added, “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.”

How did the fans react to The Weeknd asking for the same pay as Ye?

As soon as the news of The Weeknd replacing Kanye West broke out, the fans of the pop star could not stop themselves from reacting. They took over the social media platform Twitter to express all their feelings and thoughts.

One user wrote, “Weeknd demanding he get paid the same rate as Kanye is not him thinking he’s on that level, it’s brilliant negotiating cos he knows Coachella can’t book an act as big as him in under a week. Leverage👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾” 

Another user tweeted, “Seeing The Weeknd front row in 2018 at Coachella was one of the best experiences of my life. @theweeknd”. Followed by a user who wrote, “If weeknd came out singing trilogy at Coachella, it’d be one of the greatest moments”

One fan of the rock star wrote, “I can’t believe it’s even a conversation to pay The Weeknd, the same as they were going to pay Kanye for Coachella. IMO… Abel deserves more but shit AT LEAST the same.”


These were a few reactions of the fans to the news. We can’t wait to see huge celebs like Billie Eilish at Coachella. And hopefully, the Weeknd also takes over the stage of the Coachella. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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