Sabotaged Over The Weeknd?
Keyshia Cole says she’s being railroaded by a set of ‘disrespectful’ promoters from her very own backyard, who she says are looking to trash her professional reputation. This after the singer was previously asked to open an Oakland holiday show earlier this week, with The Weeknd headlining the ‘House Of Soul’ concert. Cole turned down the spot after she says she wasn’t brought up to speed with all the details — namely, opening for an out-of-town artist in her hometown.
Now, the Oakland radio station hosting the event – KMEL, on the 106 FM dial – says they were surprised by the ‘The Way It Is’ songstress’ actions before they replaced her spot with Bay Area singer Jeremih.
According to Keyshia, she was the last to know she would serve as an opening act. She says despite her refusal to fall behind a Canadian act in her Bay Area hometown, the station still used her name to promote the concert – threatening to trash her name if she didn’t show up.
Here’s what Keyshia Cole recently Tweeted about the situation:
“EVERY F***ING YEAR I do something major for my city! @KMEL has the nerve to tell me at the last minute they want me to open for the Weeknd.
Then @106kmel tells us last minute if I don’t then there’s no show! Then still uses my name when I refuse! I feel so f***ing disrespected.
And now people in Oakland think I flaked!!! #STRAIGHTBULLSH*T! The only reason I’m speaking, don’t people thinking I flaked.
No disrespect to The Weeknd. Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in my home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO.”
Here’s what KMEL-FM-106 had to say:
“We were surprised to see Keyshia Cole’s Tweets the night of our show … as she was never scheduled to be the show’s final act.
When we were notified a week before her performance that she planned to cancel, we immediately removed her name from all advertising and promotion and offered refunds to those fans who requested.
R&B singer Jeremih replaced Keyshia when she abandoned ship.”
Did Universal Republic Records buy the headline spot from KMEL with Keyshia Cole unaware of the agreed deal. Of course. Don’t believe me.. Ask Keyshia’s former manager, Manny Halley.