Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future And Tyga Added To Concert Line Up in Saudi Arabia After Nicki Minaj Cancels Performance

Earlier this month, it was announced that Nicki Minaj would be headlining the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia, but after fans made her aware of pressing human rights concerns, she decided to drop the performance altogether.

Now, in an attempt to save the concert, organizers have added some of the biggest names in entertainment to the line-up, just days before the event.

Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga are set to perform on Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium, where they will be sharing the stage with previously announced acts, like Liam Payne and Steve Aoki.

According to USA Today, the Human Rights Foundation wants entertainers to pull out of the concert because of the country’s oppressive laws against women and the LGBT community. However, Thor Halvorssen, president of the organization, says that the performers have “chosen money over morals.”

Last week, Minaj addressed her decision to pull out of the concert in an official statement, citing that she’s “better educated” on issues that plague her core fan base.

“After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj said. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.”

About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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