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Kanye West dropped out of Coachella music festival following public backlash over his social media posts attacking ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.

Organizers tapped pop singer The Weeknd to take Kanye's place, but there's one problem: The Weeknd wants the same $8.5 million that Kanye left on the table.

Apparently, Coachella organizers don't think The Weeknd is worth as much as Kanye, aka Ye.

The organizers allegedly tried to shortchange The Weeknd after he stepped in to replace Ye as headliner later this month.

According to Page Six, The Weeknd threatened to pull out if the organizers didn't give him equal pay as Ye, who was set to earn $8 million plus a $500,000 production fee.

A source tells Page Six, "The Weeknd came in at short notice to take Kanye's top spot. But Phil Anschutz [who owns the Coachella Festival] 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 Weeknd caught wind of Ye's aborted payday and demanded he receive all of the money - not just a measly $3 million. After all, The Weeknd has bills to pay, too.

The demand led to hastily arranged meetings between Anschutz and The Weeknd's people.

Coachella organizers announced early Wednesday that The Weeknd, 32, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia would take over for Ye on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24.

The source tells Page Six: "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 said.

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The Weeknd has attacked The Recording Academy over his shocking Grammy Awards snub, calling the members of the Recording Academy "corrupt".

The "Blinding Lights" singer was completely shut out of the 2021 awards when the nominations were announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and many music experts agree that he was robbed.

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The Weeknd (pictured in 2017) shared his outrage on social media, tweeting: "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."

Meanwhile, Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason, Jr. defended the Grammy voting process in an interview with Variety, insisting there's nothing twisted or sinister about the The Weeknd's snub - he was just unfortunate not to make the cut.

"It really just comes down to the voting body that decides," he says. "We have eight nomination slots to fill (in the 'Big Four' categories: Best Album, Song, Record and New Artist), five in others, and the voters vote for their favorites."

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Mason explained the voting process that awards nominations to mediocre artists over established superstars such as The Weeknd.

"We look at it every year and make tweaks and revisions to the process; we did it this year, last year, we’ll do it next year. And I don’t think this calls it into question, honestly. The process is there so we can continue to monitor excellence..."

Mason (pictured in 2016) said the voters chose acts such as Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion over The Weeknd because they were "more deserving."

"(The voters) are music professionals - they are excellent, at the top of their craft in songwriting and producing, and there are a lot of artists. They were critically listening to every song that came across their desks - or virtual desks - so I don’t think it shows a flaw in the process. I think it's actually, as you get a nomination, you start to really appreciate the process, where you’re saying, 'I really made it through a strenuous and thoughtful process', to get to who are really the deserving nominees for that given year. All the records get the fairest of fair shakes."

Question: Do you agree that nominated acts such as Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch and Jhene Aiko are more deserving than The Weeknd - or are the Grammys just a popularity contest?

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Social media was buzzing with fake news that singer Usher Raymond broke The Weeknd's nose in a brawl.

The Weeknd stepped out this week wearing stage makeup that simulated a busted nose and a split lip for VMA rehearsals in NYC. The three-time Grammy winner turned heads on his way to rehearse for the annual fan-voted awards show in a face full of bloody makeup and fake bruises.

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The 30-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter dismissed the fight rumors, saying he and Usher never had beef.


"He's one of the reasons why I make music," the "Starboy" singer told Esquire magazine. "I have nothing bad to say about Usher. The sweetest, most down-to-earth guy ever," he added.

Rumors spread that the two singers had beef after The Weeknd compared his music to Usher's 2012 single "Climax" in a previous cover story with Variety.

"I hit him up to apologize and tell him that it was misconstrued," he told Esquire. "Of course media blows things out of proportion and takes things out of context. Usher is a King and always an inspiration so it was flattering to hear what him and Diplo did on climax."

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Singer Usher and current girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea stepped out to grab a pizza to go in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Usher, 41, and Jennifer wore a couple different cloth masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Usher indirectly responded to singer The Weeknd's claim that Usher stole his style for the 2012 single "Climax".

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In an interview with, The Weeknd said: "I heard 'Climax,' and was like, 'Holy f—, that's a Weeknd song.' It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it's a good thing."

Usher had time to respond to the allegations indirectly.

On Instagram Live, the singer shared a series of videos that featured him re-listening to "Climax" to reacquaint himself with the notes before launching into a falsetto rendition of the song.

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Usher looked directly into the camera while singing the last line of the song, "Can't take it back, nigga."

Usher then launched the #ClimaxChallenge, with some fans trying (and failing) to imitate Usher's signature falsetto.

Usher was previously married to industry veteran Grace Miguel who divorced him in 2018 after he was sued by three fans for allegedly giving them herpes. Usher's career took a hit as a result of the lawsuits. It is very difficult to make herpes sexy.

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Drake, who popularized hip-hop's Emo rapper subgenre, dropped his new single "War" on Christmas Eve.

On the track, Drake, right, addresses his rumored feud with Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd, saying "We just had to fix things."

Drake, who many say launched the Weeknd's career, reportedly fell out with the singer after he dropped his single "Lost in the Fire" that seemed to referenced Drake's son, Adonis, whom Drake denied for months.



Drake eventually claimed the 14-month-old boy in a song off his Scorpion album, which was released in June 2019.

In his song "War," Drake mentions all the people he wants to "fix things" with, including "the boy that sound like he sang on Thriller/You know that's been my n____, yeah/We just had to fix things, family, 6 tings/ We can't split up."

Drake continues:

"Anyone I'm beefin' with is a no name/N____ can't even win home games/They just gotta fall in line like Soul Train."

Drake's fans criticized the rapper for switching his familiar sing-song rhyme style to a staccato rap flow. One YouTube user wrote: "Damn Drake's a UK Drill rapper now?"

2019 has not been a good year for Drake. As a result, the Toronto native has landed on a few "Rappers who fell off in 2019" lists.

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Singer The Weeknd has severed his business ties with H&M after the European clothing giant ran an advertisement on its UK website featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle".

On Monday afternoon Weeknd tweeted: "woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

H&M, which is based in Sweden, apologized and removed the advertisement on Sunday. But that was not enough for Weeknd and others who remain highly offended by the racist advertising gimmick.

"This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended," the company told the NY Daily News.

Two other hoodies from the same company featured white boy models, including one labeled a jungle "survival expert."

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