Nicki Minaj flew all the way to Shanghai, China, last week to headline a music festival only to discover it was all a scam.
But the Chun-Li singer had a message for all her disappointed fans. “I’ll be back, you guys, for my real fans in Shanghai, in China. I love you so much,” she said in a video posted on Twitter. “I’ll be back with a better partner.”
She was reportedly offered $3 million (about R42 million) to perform a 90-minute set at a festival called the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP). However just before she arrived the DWP website released a statement claiming it had no association with the concert.
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“The event rumored to take place in Shanghai on 17th & 18th of November 2018 is an unauthorized use of DWP trademark,” it read. “DWP as a brand has no association with the event. The alleged lineup artwork of DWP China, which has been circulating online is unauthorized.”
However, the festival fired back, blaming the singer for arriving late and refusing to take to the stage and insisting they did have the right to use DWP’s trademark, reports Consequence of Sound.
Nicki was supposedly unaware of the drama until arriving in China where everything – including her elaborate stage set – had already been set up. On hearing it was possibly a scam she then refused to perform for the crowd, who had reportedly paid up to $420 (R5 880) a ticket to see her. Eish!