Taylor Swift starts a verbal spat between Asian nations as The Philippines and Thailand round on Singapore for ‘paying the singer $3M PER SHOW to not perform anywhere else in the region’

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Taylor Swift is the most popular woman in the world, so it should come as no surprise that neighboring countries are preparing to end her eras tour appearance from a small nation.

Politicians in the Philippines and Thailand are discussing a deal Singapore has struck to limit Swift’s Eras tour to the wealthy state in Southeast Asia.

The 34-year-old songstress, who is currently in the middle of her six sold-out shows in Singapore, was awarded a grant to perform in the country.

But this will be his only stop in Southeast Asia.

A deal was reportedly struck by Singapore authorities that prevented Taylor from performing in other areas of the region, on the assumption that the Swifties would be forced to come to Singapore.

The prime minister of Thailand, one of the countries overlooked by Swift’s one-stop island hop, told the iBusiness Forum 2024, held recently in Bangkok, that the Singaporean government has approved the Eras tour.

offered Swift up to $3 million per show in exchange for the feature.

Filipino politician Joey Salceda is also speaking out about perceived economic insignificance. He has called on his country’s State Department to protest the grant to Swift.

He told local outlets that the neighboring governments are meant to be allies, working together to strengthen the region and that the Singapore-brokered deal is a damaging sham.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin called Singapore’s move ‘smart’, adding that he had long wondered why Swift did not choose to play in Thailand.

‘If she came to Thailand, it would be cheaper to organize it here, and I believe she would be able to attract more sponsors and tourists to Thailand,’ he said.

‘Even if we have to subsidize at least 500m baht ($14million USD), it will be worth it.

‘If I had known this, I would have brought the shows to Thailand. Concerts can generate added value for the economy.’

T-S sold out six nights at the 55,000-seat National Stadium this month. Singapore’s tourism board and the Ministry of Culture did not disclose the amount of the grant, but cited economic benefits from Swift’s concerts around the world.

He said the ministry had worked with concert promoter AEG Presents to get Swift to perform in Singapore.

‘It is likely to generate significant benefits to the Singapore economy, especially to tourism activities such as hospitality, retail, travel and dining, as has happened in other cities in which Taylor Swift has performed,’ they said in a statement issued last Tuesday.

Singapore has seen a boom in concerts since the pandemic lockdown ended, with big names like Blackpink, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran playing sold-out shows.

The Singapore government has not commented on the exemption clause, although AEG has said Swift’s only concert stop in Southeast Asia will be on the island, with VIP tickets at S$1,228 (AUD$1,395).

In the wider Asian continent, Swift also performed in Tokyo in early February.

Her Singapore concerts will continue from March 2 to March 9.

More than 300,000 tickets were sold to fans who queued overnight in the sweltering tropical heat.

During her second sold-out show in Singapore last week, Swift revealed the final version of her upcoming album, The Tortured Poets Department, which will include a bonus track titled The Black Dog.

The highly anticipated album will be released on April 19.

The album artwork appeared behind her backstage as she sat at her piano, according to posts shared by concertgoers on X.

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Esme Mazzeo

Esme Mazzeo joined usnewsdaily in 2023 as a writer-editor on the weekend team. She previously served as an entertainment reporter at Business Insider specializing in TV and covering shows like Grey's Anatomy, Sister Wives and Virgin River.Esme has over a decade of experience covering entertainment, lifestyle and cultural news.
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