Social media proved to be a saving grace for Singapore artist, Sam Rui. The up and coming R&B singer was one of the performers for Ultra Singapore in 2017, which featured EDM heavy hitters like Marshmello and Hardwell.
While an opportunity to perform at an internationally renowned festival is special especially for a budding singer, the reality behind it couldn’t be more disappointing. A week ago, Rui took to Twitter to call out Ultra Singapore organisers for not paying her for the festival’s second edition that took place on June 10th last year.
Rui tweeted: “yo @UltraSingapore so are y’all ever gonna pay me for last year or y’all just gonna keep swerving my emails. The singer also posted an Instagram story to explain her reasons for going public. Rui revealed her frustration of smaller artists being bullied by bigger corporations, and that she needed the money to work on new music.
Update on the Ultra SG situation!!! Thank u sososo much for ur support❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/vWBmJf6HVg— Sam Rui 思睿 (@sammirui) April 6, 2018
Screenshots of her email with Ultra’s management was also shared by the artist, which initially implied that Rui was to blame for not informing them earlier, before apologising for the “mix up”. Ultra Singapore has responded to her tweets by paying the full amount of her performance fees, but she won’t take her tweets down as requested.
She wrote: “They asked me to retract my first tweet after the payment had been made, but I told them I won’t out of principle. That fee should have come in exchange for my set last June, not in exchange for me not going public.”