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We’re now being given more of an insight onto the cancellation of Ke$ha’s tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the eve of Saturday’s show in Kuala Lumpur, the concert organizer, Livescape, received a notice with the decision to cancel the show. As a result of the cancellation, Livescape is to be fined $350,000.
A ban wasn’t the only measure put in place by the authorities. Ke$ha was planning to go ahead and perform despite the ban, but cancelled due to impending jail time if she were to continue with the show. She wrote on Twitter
, “To be clear. I did NOT cancel. I was not allowed to play… and then I was going to play anyways and was threatened with imprisonment.”
Ke$ha and the organizer had agreed
to, "modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities." They were willing to change song lyrics, make adjustments to the wardrobe, and even modified the setlist, but it seems like the authorities weren’t willing to take a chance on the singer.
This tour hasn’t fared well for the “Tik Tok” singer. Five shows in Australia were cancelled due to low ticket sales, her concert in Indonesia was cancelled due to “unspecified technical problems”, and her show in Cleveland was cancelled and moved to Windsor, Canada - a show in Turkey was also cancelled, but with the current protests there, we won’t hold that against her.
Ke$ha isn’t the only singer who’s had a concert cancelled by Malaysian authorities. Beyonce had concerts on her 2007 (The Beyonce Experience) and 2009 (I Am...World Tour) tours cancelled, Erykah Badu had a show in 2012 cancelled, and Lady Gaga also had her show in 2012 cancelled by Malaysian authorities.
Because of these bans by the authorities, and to avoid any future bans, Livescape has issued a statement that they are hoping to be read by those who are cancelling the shows. They said, "We encourage the authorities to engage in a productive dialogue with local promoters to avoid the current situation from repeating."
Maybe Ke$ha and her fans will fare better come the singer’s next tour!