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Anita Baker Reportedly Asked Babyface Not to Open At Concert in New Jersey
Babyface was reportedly asked not to open at Anita Baker’s concert in New Jersey on Wednesday night.
The past rift between R&B veterans Anita Baker and Babyface might have been reinstated. On Wednesday night (May 10) attendees of Baker’s tour stop in New Jersey (with Babyface as opener) were frustrated with a two-hour delay when the “When Can I See You” singer-songwriter was expected to perform.
The crowd was told that there was a technical glitch, but Babyface, legal name Kenneth Edmonds, went to Instagram and revealed that the ‘The Songstress’ didn’t want him to perform that evening.
“I am truly sorry to my fans who have been waiting for us to hit the stage this evening at the Prudential Center,” Edmonds wrote in his Instagram Story. “I was asked not to perform in order to give Ms. Baker her space and time to perform her show in its entirety. My band and I are extremely saddened we didn’t get to perform for y’all tonight.”
R&B enthusiasts on social media began to discuss rumors of Baker’s ‘diva-like’ behavior, with some highlighting her alleged issues with vocalists Stephanie Mills and Babyface.
\u201cStephanie Mills doesn\u2019t fuck with Anita Baker like that.\u201d— LookAtDustin (@LookAtDustin) 1683779660
\u201cAnita Baker needs to stop having Co-headliners if she going to continue to act this way. She did this a while back with Maxwell.\u201d— Anthony Tilghman (@Anthony Tilghman) 1683770033
\u201c@Phil_Lewis_ It\u2019s time we tell the truth about Anita Baker\u2026\u201d— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1683772606
In 2006, Edmonds filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Baker, saying that the vocalist broke two oral agreements. Edmonds also said that the two were scheduled to perform four concerts together, but Baker canceled two, refusing to pay $150,000 for the dates.
Some New Jersey concert goers have since demanded refunds, also claiming that the audio at Prudential Center wasn’t functioning properly. While its uncertain if Babyface will continue as opener, Baker’s ‘The Songstress’ Tour is scheduled to continue with stops in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and more before ending in Oakland on December 23.
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