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Thai PM alleges exclusive Taylor Swift deal limits Southeast Asia shows to Singapore

Thailand’s PM, Srettha Thavisin, claims Singapore has exclusive rights for Taylor Swift to perform at the National Stadium, excluding other Southeast Asian nations from hosting the pop sensation.



Taylor Swift, the iconic singer-songwriter celebrated for her poignant lyrics and captivating performances, has once again taken the music world by storm with her much-anticipated ‘Eras Tour.’

While Swifties around the globe rejoiced at the prospect of experiencing her electrifying stage presence, fans in the ASEAN region have found their excitement tinged with disappointment due to an exclusive deal with Singapore.

The announcement of Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ set off a wave of anticipation among her devoted fan base, fondly referred to as Swifties.

However, the revelation that Singapore would be the sole Southeast Asian destination for the tour has left many fans in neighbouring countries feeling sidelined.

The controversy surrounding the exclusivity deal was ignited by none other than the Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, during his keynote speech at the iBusiness Forum 2024 in Bangkok.

According to a report by the Bangkok Post, Thavisin alleged that Singapore had secured exclusive rights for Taylor Swift to perform at the renowned National Stadium in the city-state, effectively shutting out other Southeast Asian nations from hosting the pop sensation.

Thavisin revealed that the exclusive deal involved a substantial financial commitment, with reports suggesting that Swift and her team were offered between US$2 to $3 million per show to perform solely in Singapore.

The Prime Minister expressed his belief that bringing Swift’s tour to Thailand would have been a more economically viable option, potentially attracting greater sponsorship and tourism revenue to the country.

Thavisin’s assertions underscored the broader implications of hosting high-profile concerts like Swift’s ‘Eras Tour.’

He emphasized the significant economic benefits such events can bring, citing the potential for added value to the economy through increased tourism and revenue generation.

The disappointment among fans in the region is palpable, especially considering Swift’s previous performances in countries like Thailand.

Reports highlighted a sold-out concert at the Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province back in 2014, although the event was ultimately cancelled without explanation, leaving fans disheartened.

The economic impact of Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ cannot be understated. With projections estimating earnings of US$2.2 billion in North America alone, the tour has been hailed as a staggering financial success.

The overall economic valuation of the tour has been pegged at an astonishing US$5 billion, surpassing the Gross Domestic Product of many nations.

The allure of Swift’s tour lies not only in its financial prowess but also in its cultural significance. Paying homage to her extensive discography spanning ten albums, the ‘Eras Tour’ stands as Swift’s most ambitious venture yet, encompassing 151 shows across five continents.

Notably, it has secured its place in history as the highest-grossing tour of all time, surpassing the monumental milestone of $1 billion in revenue.

As the ASEAN region grapples with the fallout from the exclusive deal with Singapore, Thavisin revealed that efforts are underway to attract other “A-list” artists to Thailand by the year’s end.

However, he acknowledged the inherent challenges associated with organizing concerts of such magnitude, underscoring the complex dynamics at play in the music industry.

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You think Ah Swift manager ,managing her career is daft ah?…go to a country that will pay her in BAHT?
Or in Ringgit? Or in Ruppiah?
Better still ah Swift can try going to Myanmar now to do a concert!😆😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣😆😆😆