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Who will replace Kanye at Coachella? Offers to take his place Rush In – Billboard

It’s official — Kanye West is no longer headlining Coachella, and sources are saying so billboard The search for a replacement act at the end of the festival is underway.

Many names are floated: The Weeknd and Silk Sonic, the Grammy-winning duo with Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, receive numerous mentions from industry insiders, along with a dozen other suggestions covering every music genre.

Within an hour of TMZ When news broke that the artist now known as Ye was not in the festival lineup, agents began reaching out to the President of Goldenvoice Paul Tolett to share the availability of their top clients interested in filling the two weekend headlining slots on April 17th and 24th.

This includes agents from CAA, who represents Ye and a number of other artists already performing at this year’s festival, including Harry Styles and Doja Cat. But being the agency representing the previous headliner doesn’t give CAA an advantage, a source says billboard.

“You don’t book a spot and keep it,” says a source billboard. “[Tollett] books whoever they want.”

Festival promoter Goldenvoice has replaced headliners who previously canceled the festival. In February 2017, it was announced that Lady Gaga would stand in for a pregnant Beyoncé. And in 2019, when a plan to book Ye fell through just days before the planned January cast announcement, Ariana Grande was quickly booked as his replacement for the headlining slot.

Whoever replaces Ye this year won’t have much time to get ready. From now on, every new act has less than 13 days before hitting the stage. That most likely means whoever is replacing Ye is already on tour or preparing to tour — which isn’t Goldenvoice’s preference. Typically, most artists playing the festival must agree not to perform at competing festivals prior to Coachella or to announce West Coast tour dates until after the festival ends. Goldenvoice will also drop the requirement if necessary, but that does not mean that a competing promoter would give up their exclusivity rights to accommodate Goldenvoice.

A good example would be The Weeknd, which is embarking on a Live Nation supported stadium tour in early July. It’s possible that The Weeknd’s contract contains a radius clause that prevents him from playing Coachella. Live Nation could waive the edition and make a one-time exception for one of its most successful artists – after all, many shows on Weeknd’s west coast are already sold out. Or Live Nation — the leading competitor to Goldenvoice’s parent company, AEG — could simply say no and prevent the Weeknd from playing Coachella or any other non-Live Nation festival.

That’s unlikely and could draw negative attention to Live Nation, which has a partnership with The Weeknd’s manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby. And the CEO of Live Nation Michael Rapino has hosted Coachella in the past, both for Grande in 2019 and the Swedish House Mafia this year.

Also, as a headliner, Coachella can help a tour sell more tickets as the festival has a huge audience and global reach through its streaming partnership with YouTube. For most artists, a headlining slot is a bucket list item and a validation of how far they’ve come in their career. While Tollett has no time to lose, he should have a fair number of good options to choose from and looks set to make a decision over the next few days.

https://www.billboard.com/pro/kanye-west-coachella-replacement-agents-offers/ Who will replace Kanye at Coachella? Offers to take his place Rush In – Billboard

Adam Bradshaw

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