First it was Ariana Grande reportedly making double what Beyonce made at Coachella and now The Weeknd?
A trusted source told TooFab The Weeknd was paid more than $8 million to headline last year. The Beyhive collectively lost their minds this week over speculation Ariana Grande made twice as much as Queen Bey for her Coachella performance -- with Grande reported to be in the same neighborhood as The Weeknd and Beyonce supposedly only pulling in $3 million - $4 million.
However, more recent reports place Beyonce at a much higher tier with a $8 million - $12 million salary for her two weekend headlining performances.
While Coachella organizers Goldenvoice do not reveal remuneration details, the apparent discrepancy was enough to shake the Beyhive into a hornets nest.
As her "Homecoming" documentary revealed, Beyonce worked tirelessly for months on the jawdropping production, which encompassed her matchless career and paid homage to the historic black colleges that inspired her (which she also later donated $100,000 of her profits too).
The Queen Bey meticulously planned every single detail right down to the individual sequins (before getting pregnant and having to start again) — indeed the only superfluous moment came when an announcer midway through her set declared Coachella was to be renamed Beychella — something everyone was already doing.
Even the edits in the doc, switching from the yellow outfits of week one to the pink of week two, are so seamless they look like a simple filter editing trick — a testament to the inch perfect choreography.
Other estimates place Bey's take-home pay much higher — Billboard claims she was paid a much more believable $8m-$12, and points out that she would have likely been paid handsomely by Netflix for the resulting doc too, if Dave Chapelle's $35million for two comedy specials is anything to go by.
While it never released its 2018 figures, Coachella in turn grossed $114million in ticket sales in 2017 (prices have not changed since then and it always sells out); this figure excludes the hundreds of millions it makes on food and beverage, camping and lodging, sponsorships, licensing and advertisements sold against the livestream of weekend 1 on Youtube.