JUSTIN BIEBER DOWNGRADES STADIUM TOUR STOPS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FEARS – (03/10/2020)
Justin Bieber is set to embark on his 45-stop Changes tour in North America in May, but at least eight of the stadiums Bieber was scheduled to perform in have been replaced with smaller arenas.
Variety reported a total of eight arenas posted statements on Twitter informing fans that the tour had been moved to different venues for “unforeseen circumstances.” Bieber’s official website reflects the tour changes.
A source said the decision was a “hard” one and based on ticket sales in “softer markets.” The insider added that the tickets went on sale shortly before the coronavirus outbreaks came to light.
Tour stops affected by the stadium swap include performances in Houston, Texas; Glendale, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Washington, D.C.; and Detroit, Michigan.
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MADONNA CANCELS SHOWS OVER CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS: Madonna’s shows in Paris, France, on Tuesday and Wednesday have been called off due to new restrictions imposed by the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Madonna’s Madame X tour has been plagued by cancellations and postponements, mostly due to injuries the 61-year-old has suffered onstage as a result of the physically demanding show. Other artists who’ve recently canceled or postponed concerts or tours due to the COVID-19 outbreak include Mariah Carey, Richard Marx, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, and BTS. The annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled last week.
SLAY THE DRAGON RELEASE DELAYED: Magnolia Pictures is delaying the release of Slay the Dragon by a month amid coronavirus concerns. The documentary on gerrymandering will now drop April 3 instead of March 13 and will be released on VOD and digital platforms, instead of theaters as originally planned.
LADY GAGA & HER BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION TO PUBLISH ‘CHANNEL KINDNESS’ BOOK – (03/10/2020)
The Born This Way Foundation, the charitable organization co-founded by Lady Gaga and her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, is publishing “Channel Kindness,” a collection of “inspirational stories written by young people.”
The book will also include “personal notes of empowerment” from Lady Gaga. The kids penning the stories are part of the Foundation’s Channel Kindness program, which provides young voices with a platform for accounts of everyday acts of bravery and kindness.
The book, due out September 22, 2020, also asks readers to perform acts of kindness in their own communities, and provides resources to help them do so.
Gaga recently declared herself a “kindness punk,” a phrase that also appears in the video for her new single, “Stupid Love.”
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MAX VON SYDOW DIES: The star of The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal has died at age 90. Max von Sydow’s 65-year career spanned genres, from arthouse to blockbuster to TV. Most recently, he popped up as Lor San Tekka on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Three-Eyed Raven in Game Of Thrones and voiced a character on The Simpsons. “It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow, on March 8, 2020,” a statement from his widow Catherine von Sydow read, sent via the actor’s international reps who confirmed to Deadline that he passed away on Sunday, March 8. Von Sydow has four sons who survive him as well.
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