Pt 1/2[UPDATE: 7 pm] #Shanghai music festival blames #NickiMinaj for not performing, says it will refund fans
Alright, so get this: Nicki Minaj flew all the way to Shanghai this weekend and warmed up in preparation for a 90-minute set, only to discover that the entire festival she was about to perform at was totally fraudulent. Welcome to #China, Nicki!
While many of the details of this whole fiasco have yet to be verified, this one certainly appears to a scandal of epic proportions.
#Minaj arrived in China to play at the #DWPChina festival on November 18th. #DWP stands for #DjakartaWarehouseProject, an annual dance music festival held for the last decade in December in #Bali which has attracted top acts from all over the globe.
The event had advertised itself using DWP’s name and lettering. Posters listed Nicki Minaj as performing at the weekend festival, along with the likes of #Blasterjaxx and #LuisFonsi (of “#Despacito” fame), inside the #NationalExhibitionandConventionCenter in Shanghai’s western #Qingpu district.
However, yesterday, when Minaj was scheduled to take the stage, fans at the venue waited for hours in vain.
The 35-year-old rapper-singer has yet to explain exactly what went wrong, however, we have a strong suspicion that she discovered, a bit too late, the true nature of the festival. You see, a few days before Minaj arrived in China, 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.” According to the online rumor mill, Minaj 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. However, only about 1,000 ended up showing up at the small venue.
Organizers allegedly attempted to blame Minaj for the problems, spurring on the crowd to chant her name in an effort at guilting her into coming out. It did not work.
Instead, before jetting back to the #US, Minaj filmed a quick apology.
What a pity ! Nicki Minaj’s First time show for China is just a dream. Nicki Minaj cancelled her show of tonight and stay at Backstage 2 hours and we’re stand there waiting for Nicki Minaj 2 and half hour. I hope we’ll see you soon in China 🇨🇳! You’re always welcome in China. We love you ! Do not let us down next time ! You own us this time. 🤗 Love ya again @nickiminaj #nickiminaj#youngmoney#chunli#china#shanghai#dwp#dwpchina#rapper#hiphop#queen
😢I’m so sad that @nickiminaj didn’t perform at Shanghai as her first time performing in China .Even I was so tired after the 3 hours waiting ( many other fans waited longer), I still love her and she is always my #rapqueen#rapqueennickiminaj. I really hope I will finally see her at Shanghai next year during the Queen tour🙏🏿.#dwpchina#nickiminaj