aborted Nicki Minaj performance in Shanghai continue to only get stranger with the Chinese festival blaming the star for refusing to take the stage and declaring that it will refund tickets.he circumstances surrounding an
Minaj had been scheduled to perform a “90-minute set” at the DWP China festival on Sunday. DWP stands for Djakarta Warehouse Project, an annual dance music festival held for the last decade in December in Bali which has attracted top acts from all over the globe. Along with Minaj, the event was also slated to include other popular artists like Blasterjaxx and Luis Fonsi (of “Despacito” fame).
But, just a few days before the festival was set to start, the event’s website (dwpchina.com) put up the following notice:
“The event rumored to take place in Shanghai on 17th & 18th of November 2018 is an unauthorized use of DWP trademark. DWP as a brand, has no association with the event. The alleged lineup artwork of DWP China, which has been circulating online is unauthorized.”
While that message might not have seemed to bode well for the festival. On Saturday morning, the day that the event was set to begin, DWP Shanghai released a statement on its Weibo account, claiming that it was, in fact, authorized to use the DWP trademark, sharing a “power of attorney” document as proof.
Unsurprisingly, the event did not end up running as smoothly as organizers had presumably planned. On Sunday, fans waited for hours at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai’s western Qingpu district for Minaj to take the stage, but she never did.
Earlier today, DWP Shanghai released another statement on its Weibo account, blaming Minaj for the fiasco, claiming that the star did not arrive on time, causing the show to be delayed, before then refusing to perform without providing a reasonable explanation.
According to the statement, organizers negotiated for two hours with Minaj but it all came to nothing with the rapper’s manager eventually taking the stage and declaring that there would be no show. “We strongly condemn this behavior and would like to sincerely apologize to our audience,” the statement reads.
In the statement, DWP Shanghai also said that it will fully refund all full-price tickets — which cost as much as 3,000 yuan ($420) — that were bought through official channels.
Minaj has yet to tell her side of the story, however, according to the online rumor bill, she had been promised a whopping $3 million to play at the festival and was told that there would be at least 8,000 people in attendance for her show. But only about 1,000 ended up showing up at the small venue.
Before jetting back to the US, Minaj filmed a quick apology to her fans.
“Thank you, guys. To my real fans, I love you so much,” she says. “I’ll be back you guys for my real fans, in Shanghai, in China. I love you so much… And I’ll be back with a better partner.”
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We’ll keep you updated when her team issues an official response.