Oh, The Shade: Radio Station Puts Keyshia Cole On Blast After She Pulls Out of Holiday Concert Because She Wasn’t The Headliner

December 20, 2012  |  

Source: WENN

There seems to be quite a bit of tension between Oakland native Keyshia Cole and radio station KMEL 106, as the singer recently took to her Twitter page to explain why she did not perform at the station’s Holiday House of Soul concert that took place this past Monday. It appears that there may have been some form of miscommunication between Keyshia and the station because she believed that she was the show’s headliner and pulled out when she learned that she wasn’t.

“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 at last minute if I don’t then there’s no show! Then still uses my name when I refuse! I feel so f-cking disrespected.”

“And now people in Oakland think I Flaked!!! #STRAIGHTBULLS**t! The only reason I’m speaking, don’t people thinking i flaked.”
“No disrespect to the weekend. Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in My home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO”

Now, TMZ is reporting that KMEL 106 has since responded to the singer’s claims and that they are surprised by her actions as she was never lead to believe she was the show’s headliner.

“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.”

They also expressed that it was not a big deal for them to replace Cole for someone else.

“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.”

Keyshia’s spot in the show was filled by singer Jeremih. It is pretty apparent that Keyshia feels slighted by the shows lineup, not so much because she was opening, but because of who she was opening for. The station’s nonchalance about the situation and quickness to replace her probably only added insult to injury. But the show must go on, right?

What do you think of Keyshia’s response to not being the show’s final act? Should she have handled this more professionally?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for madamenoire.com. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • Keyshia really needs to have several seats because sh but she does singe’s most def not the top r&b artist okay? I mean she aight but ummm to go off on the radio station because she’s not the opening act only shows how THIRSTY she really is and and I know several female singers who blow her out the water…Monica, Jill Scott, Angie Stone , Mary J. Blige, Marsha Ambrosius…granted Jill Scott is more of a poet but she still sings. The only place Keyshia Cole is an opening act is in her mind and we know that isn’t ther because she don’t even know she BLACK!! She needs to take her meds…ASAP LMMFAO

  • Jewel B

    Her album sales may be low but she is a known artist and does have point. If she’s giving back to her community why would they have a known artist open for a no-name artist? That just doesn’t make sense. The known artist is usually the one that people buy tickets to see.

  • She found out the concert was titled “Holiday house of SOUL” concert and didn’t want to disrespect her supposed white half by performing for a soul venue so you know she gotta represent her possible father’s side too y’all so cut her a break will ya?

  • It a concert and I am not a Keyshia fan , but I love the reality show, she cannot sing

  • MyOpinion

    Keyshia Cole is washed up. Point, blank, period. The weekend would draw more ticket sales than her. Obviously getting rid of her didn’t affect ticket sales or attendance ( clearly the show went on). Keyshia Cole needs to stay off BET and in the studio trying to make a hit.

  • JustSayin

    Okay… First and foremost… Shut up and sit down Keyshia. It is NOT that serious. Just because you stopped rocking ratchet hair colors and too small clothing does not mean you are some how on a different level. YOU STILL RATCHET! Look at your tweets. That wasn’t respectful. You dipped out got married, had a baby and are now in a reality show. You have not been working on your music so when you got up there… you would have been playing diddy and kanye produced hits. You are acting like a diva and now you have burned a bridge with KMEL. the radio station that got you started. Really? Keyshia… was that smart? Who are u going to rock with now? 94.9? 102.1? 98.1? Girl… stop the madness. You been hanging out with Nicki Minaj too long.

  • princess courtenay

    stop acting like you dont need the money key…k?? be glad that someone even thought of you because if they called earth wind and fire, or the ojays, their show would sell out in minutes!

  • Trisha_B

    It’s all about Supple & Demand. The Weeknd is the new hot act right now. His Trilogy album is played by many. People want to see the Weeknd perform. Keyshia has a new album out, but no one is checking for her. Yea, it was in her hometown, but i’m sure the majority was checking for the Weeknd & not her. & She probably wasn’t the opening act, she was probably set to perform before the Weeknd, but she probably felt she should close out the show. Her attitude is what holds her back from being recognized. She didn’t have a manager that couldn’t put this info out? smh

    • Trisha_B


    • kierah

      Have no idea who The Weekend is. I do know who Keyshia Cole is.
      It was insulting.
      People don’t use their PR people anymore. Twitter is the PR!

  • NikkitaMichelle

    She should have ripped the stage singing two of her biggest hits, and then told her fans goodnight because she was no longer the headliner. Then apologize for not giving a full performance. But let the crowd know she loves them and she will continue to support her hometown even if the hometown radio station no longer had love for her. Then tell them to enjoy the Weekend.

    • kierah

      That would have been a classy move and when the seats started clearing after she left, her point would have been made.

  • Madeline

    I just need y’all to stop referring to her as a “veteran”. More established than weeknd, yes. Veteran? Hell to the no

  • Madeline

    Keyshia and “professional” do not belong in the same sentence. She is a hoodrat.

    However I think her response was warranted.

  • SMH_shameonitall

    Ever since she got married and deemed herself ‘biracial’, Keysha Cole’s gotten too arrogant for my taste. She has a good single here-n-there, but its not like her whole cds are going multi-platinum or touring Europe or whatever. Whatever issues she had with the radio station should have been handled behind the scenes–not via Twitter. You want respect, be sure to give it.

  • KTC

    Keshia needs to be on Iyanla Fix my life because she is one angry woman. She needs to rehire manny ASAP. Dumb Heffer.

  • Britt

    I see where Keyshia’s coming from. The Weeknd is a new artist and Keyshia’s a veteran. The Weeknd may be more popular, but I see how she felt disrespected to open up for a new artist. And with that station being in her hometown, I’m sure Keyshia expected more from them. You don’t ask established artists to open up for new artists. Treat the concert like you would a tour. Newer artists go on first.

    • Seems like something she would have ironed out BEFORE accepting the gig. IJS

  • msgeegee

    I dont see why it would matter WHEN you performed as long as you got paid. She is not exactly hot right and she should be glad that someone wanted her to perform at all IMO. IF she has so much love for her hometown as she says then she should have done the show. Too much ego. Girl bye.

  • ieshapatterson

    Wow she really IS a diva.cole,when was the last time you had a hit? Clearly she hasn’t heard of the saying,good things will come to those who wait.

    • ms

      a little humility and graciousness goes a long way

      • ieshapatterson

        Too bad cole doesn’t know that.

  • tellinthetruth

    Honestly, she can’t sing. Her mom’s and that show was Ratchet. Only thing big about her is that ego.

    • For real I thought my ears were broken cause her azz sounds like a yodeling goat.

  • Ay

    My opinion? Keyshia’s personal life is affecting her professional life………

  • IllyPhilly

    A camel will go through the eye of a needle before Keyshia Cole will headline.

    • lmfao!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Madeline

      This better make the funniest comments list.

    • Tamz


    • realadulttalk


    • SunshineBlossom

      I’m done!!! *dies on floor laughing*

  • for real now?

    Why does she have such a bad attitude???? Headliner- so what! If she milked her spot and did a superb performance, she could have stole the show. But I don’t think she is that thoughtful and she probably don’t have good people around her to tell her those things. Didn’t she fire Manny? If she did, she needs to bring him back asap because I think he was the brains behind it all.

  • heyheynow

    I’d be made too she’s way bigger than the damn weekend I mean other than drake’s song what big song does he have on the radio by himself. I mean I know you weekend lovers will go to town but Keisha should have been the headliner unless she was opening for like Mary J……or trey songs or somebody like that like it’s about seniority and she’s been out way longer than the dayum weekend

    • NiceNasty

      I mean her album isn’t selling to well as of right now, and she knows this.So how can you be mad at the fact that your not hot right now. And he does have a song out called “wicked games” and it’s all over the place, along with the song he has with wiz khalifa called “rememeber you.” But to be honest it’s all about who is in bigger damand. And sorry to say but he is as of right now, so she jus has to deal with it.

      • qui8tstorm83

        Not many straight R&B artist are realy selling records well. That’s the music game right now. But i agree with heyhey in that if it wasn’t somebody like Mary J or another long time soul diva…Keyshia shouldn’t be opening for a new artist in her own hometown. Just curious but why do many think she has a bad attitude? I don’t.

  • realadulttalk

    In Keyshia’s mind she’s on a Beyonce-level of celebrity, but in reality she’s a very sketchy artist. With the non-selling cd’s and lapses in her career–is she really on a higher level than Weeknd? I guess she bought those teeth to match her ego. Again Keyshia Cole–why can you not just let me like you???

    • qui8tstorm83

      IMO I don’t think she believes she is on Bey’s level at all. They are two totally different type of artists. Keyshia is straight R&B and Bey is pop. Straight R&B is not appreciated like it use to be but when it comes to R&B artists that are out right now…she is considered at the top. It’s just a respect thing. EVERYONE knows that a vet in the music game doesn’t open up a show. And they wanted her to open up in her own hometown…that makes it worse! She could’ve reacted a little different but I get where she is coming from.

      • Madeline

        Hol’up. Did this person say that Keyshia’s at the top of the R&B game, then go on to refer to her as a (gulp) Veteran?!?!?? Clearly need to take my azz back to sleep.

        • realadulttalk

          Yes, that did just happen. Lol

        • qui8tstorm83

          It’s not like it’s that many female R&B artist out right now so it’s not hard to say she is at the top. Name the others? Not POP but straight R&B. I’d certainly put Kelly Rowland ahead of Keyshia and all she does is featured songs!
          Who has came out with a top selling R&B album lately? Monica’s CD did good…Brandy’s was ok but they didn’t have mind blowing sales. A-Keys is not straight R&B but like her song says..she’s on fire right now. All the other women are pop artist. So Keyshia is one of the only R&B artist that has been relevant lately. Name another R&B female artist then?

          • qui8tstorm83

            Can’t be Mary J…she’s on a whole nother level…certainly HIGHER than Keyshia Cole. I can see if she was opening up for Mary J or Mariah. Considering the state of R&B today…4 albums since 03′ is considered a vet…since many are one hit wonders.

        • This was funny as hell to me.

      • MLS2698

        Well, who else was in the show?

  • pretty1908

    I understand why keyshia got upset, but she needs to perform so she can grow and get her shine she needs as artist. People let their ego get in the way of the career and a chance to connect with fans. everybody knows keyshia cole has horrible attitude, and she just proved that us yet again.