Apple changes tune on royalties after Taylor Swift complains!

Source: Manila Bulletin

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Taylor Swift has Apple changing its tune.

Hours after the pop superstar criticized the giant tech company in an open letter posted online, Apple announced Sunday that it will pay royalties to artists and record labels for music played during a free, three-month trial of its new streaming music service.

“When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change,” said Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue in an interview with The Associated Press.

Apple had already agreed to share revenue from paid subscriptions to the new Apple Music service, which will cost $10 a month. But Swift said she would withhold her latest album from the service because Apple wasn’t planning to pay artists and labels directly for the use of their music during the free, introductory period.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” Swift wrote in an open letter posted Sunday on her Tumblr page, under the heading “To Apple, Love Taylor. ”

Apple has maintained that it negotiated revenue-sharing at rates that are slightly higher than the industry standard, to compensate for the three months that it plans to offer its streaming service without charge.

“We had factored that in,” Cue said Sunday. But he added, “We had been hearing from artists that this was going to be rough on them, so we are making this change.”

Cue declined to say how much Apple will pay in royalties for streaming during the free trial period. He said Apple will share 71.5 percent of its revenue from paid subscriptions within the United States and 73 percent from subscriptions outside the country, while other streaming services generally share about 70 percent.

Some artists and independent labels had worried they would miss out on opportunities to get a financial return from new music that is released during the three-month trial. Swift said she spoke out on their behalf.

Swift wasn’t immediately available for comment on Apple’s change of heart. But she posted a reaction on Twitter late Sunday, saying “I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”

Cue wouldn’t comment on whether she will now make her album “1989″ available on Apple Music. But he said he spoke with Swift personally on Sunday. “She was very pleased to see that we would give her a call right away and have a discussion,” he said.

Since Apple began selling digital music through its iTunes store in 2001, he added, “We’ve always loved music and have strived to make sure that artists are getting paid for their work.”

Swift had written in her letter that she found Apple’s original stance to be “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

While praising Apple for developing a paid music service that will compensate artists, she added, “We know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period.”

The singer and songwriter has been outspoken on the issue of compensating musicians for streaming music. Last year, Swift pulled her catalog of recordings from Spotify after complaining about its use of her music on the free, ad-supported version of its service.

Here is the full text of Swift courtesy of her tumblr account:

To Apple, Love Taylor

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

Taylor

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/apple-changes-tune-on-royalties-after-swift-complains/#Xv4Hx27xUFYjCKmK.99

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Must Watch: Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video!

Taylor Swift’s latest music video–“Bad Blood”–already raked a whopping 18.7 views on YouTube in just 2 days!


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Taylor Swift leads in the 2015 Billboard Music Awards nominees, full list revealed!

Taylor Swift leads in the 2015 Billboard Music Awards nominees list!

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The Billboard Music Awards — produced by Dick Clark Productions — will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC.

See the full list of finalists below:

TOP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP NEW ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DUO/GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP TOURING ARTIST
Lady Gaga
One Direction
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

TOP STREAMING ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP R&B ARTIST
Beyoncé
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams

TOP RAP ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier
Lorde

TOP LATIN ARTIST
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris
Lindsey Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989

TOP SOUNDTRACK
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey

Frozen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

TOP R&B ALBUM
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

TOP RAP ALBUM
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum

TOP ROCK ALBUM
AC/DC, Rock or Bust
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Hozier, Hozier
Lorde, Pure Heroine

TOP LATIN ALBUM
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2
Santana, Corazon
Marc Anthony, 3.0

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Avicii, True
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Skrillex, Recess
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Lecrae, Anomaly
Casting Crowns, Thrive
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP DIGITAL SONG
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)
Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP R&B SONG
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, “Loyal”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Jeremih feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

TOP RAP SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Big Sean feat. E-40, “I Don’t F— With You”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”

TOP ROCK SONG
Bastille, “Pompeii”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Fall Out Boy, “Centuries”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”

TOP LATIN SONG
J Balvin feat. Farruko, “6 AM”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, “Bailando”
Romeo Santos, “Eres Mía”
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, “Odio”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, “Latch”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free”
Calvin Harris, “Summer”

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG
Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
MercyMe, “Greater”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED)
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

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Taylor Swift reveals mom has cancer!

Source: Interaksyon.com

NEW YORK | Pop star Taylor Swift, famous for sharing important events in her life, said on Thursday her mother is suffering from cancer and urged her millions of fans to tell their parents to get screened for the illness.

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The “Shake It Off” singer said in a post on the microblogging site Tumblr that her mother was feeling fine, but she and her brother asked her to go for a check-up.

“The results came in and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer,” she said. “I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.”

The 25-year-old Grammy winner who has more than 70 million fans on Facebook, said her mother, Andrea Finlay, wanted the news to be known so other “busy” parents will be reminded to get checked for the disease.

As soon as Swift made the announcement fans responded quickly at #PrayForMamaSwift, which was trending on Twitter.

Swift’s “1989″ was the top-selling album of the 2014 and sold 3.66 million copies in the first nine weeks after its release, according to Billboard.

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BRIT Awards 2015 Nominees Revealed!

The 2015 BRIT Awards is happening live from London, England’s The O2 on Wednesday (February 25) on ITV.

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With live performances from Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, and more.

See the full list below:

BRITISH MALE SOLO
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

BRITISH GROUP
Alt-J
Clean Bandit
Coldplay
One Direction
Royal Blood

BEST BRITISH ALBUM
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran – X
George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH
Chvrches
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

BEST BRITISH SINGLE WITH CAPITAL
Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – ‘Rather Be’
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – ‘I Got U’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Ella Henderson – ‘Ghost’
George Ezra – ‘Budapest’
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – ‘My Love’
Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’
Sigma – ‘Nobody to Love’

BRITISH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
Charli XCX – ‘Boom Clap’
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – ‘I Got U’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
One Direction – ‘You And I’
Rita Ora – ‘I Will Never Let You Down’
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – ‘My Love’
Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’
Sigma – ‘Nobody To Love’

INTERNATIONAL GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War On Drugs

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE
Beyonce
Lana Del Ray
Sia
St Vincent
Taylor Swift

INTERNATIONAL MALE
Beck
Hozier
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

CRITICS’ CHOICE
James Bay – WINNER
George The Poet
Years & Years

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The 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards full list of nominees revealed!

The 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards nominees has just been released!

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Hosted by Nick Jonas, the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards will premiere on March 28th @ 8PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

Be sure to cast your vote on Nick.com!

Favorite TV Show
Austin & Ally
Dog With A Blog
Every Witch Way
Henry Danger
Jessie
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & DawnFavorite Family TV Show
Gotham
Shield
Modern Family
Once Upon A Time
Big Bang Theory
Flash

Favorite TV Actor
Benjamin Flores, Jr
Charlie McDermott
Grant Gustin
Jack Griffo
Ross Lynch
Jim Parsons

Favorite TV Actress
Chloe Bennett
Debby Ryan
Jennifer Morrison
Laura Marano
Kira Kosarin
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Favorite Cartoon
Adventure Time
Phineas & Ferb
Spongebob Squarepants
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teen Titans Go!
The Fairly Odd Parents

Favorite Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Divergent series
Heroes of Olympus series
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
The Fault In Our Stars
The Maze Runner

Most Addicting Game
Angry Birds Transformers
Candy Crush
Disney Infinity 2.0
Mario Kart 8
Minecraft
Skylanders Trap Team

Favorite Villain
Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
Cameron Diaz – Annie
Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games
Jamie Foxx – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Lee Pace – Guardians of the Galaxy
Meryl Streep – Into The Woods

Favorite Reality Show
American Ninja Warrior
Cupcake Wars
Dance Moms
Masterchef Junior
Shark Tank
Wipeout

Favorite Talent Competition Show
America’s Got Talent
America’s Next Top Model
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

Favorite Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy
Maleficent
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Favorite Movie Actor
Ben Stiller
Hugh Jackman
Jamie Foxx
Mark Wahlberg
Steve Carell
Will Arnett

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Cameron Diaz
Elle Fanning
Emma Stone
Jennifer Garner
Megan Fox

Favorite Animated Movie
Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Penguins of Madagascar
Rio 2
The Lego Movie
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

Favorite Male Action Star
Andrew Garfield
Channing Tatum
Chris Evans
Chris Pratt
Hugh Jackman
Liam Hemsworth

Favorite Female Action Star
Ellen Page
Evangeline Lilly
Halle Berry
Jennifer Lawrence
Scarlett Johansson
Zoe Saldana

Favorite Song of the Year
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Favorite New Artist
Five Seconds of Summer
Echosmith
Fifth Harmony
Iggy Azalea
Jessie J
Meghan Trainor

Favorite Music Group
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Male Singer
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Nick Jonas
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Singer
Ariana Grande
Beyonce
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is on the cover of Fashion!

Taylor Swift is on the cover of Fashion Magazine‘s November 2014 issue!

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Below are some excerpts from the interview:

On what’s different about her new album:

“The last album I made [Red] was a devastated record because [while] I was writing it, I was devastated by a big heartbreak. For this new record, I was in a different place, so it has a new kind of emotional DNA. It’s about exploring the world on your own terms.”

On the new important people in her life:

“When I was younger, I was just fascinated by romance and now the most important thing to me is the opinions of [my] sisterhood of friends. Celebrities surround themselves with people who don’t know what they want and only have you to validate their lives – that’s not interesting to me. You should not be threatened by women who are pretty and charismatic and good at what they do…my girlfriends have shaped me more in the past year and a half than any other factor.”

On feeling uncool and unpopular:

“I’ve never had more friends who I trust and can rely on, but there’s always a bit of your self-perception that’s frozen in junior high, when you trained yourself to not feel cool. You’ll never really feel like you’re part of the ‘in’ crowd, but growing up means that matters to you less and less every day.”

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Taylor Swift is on the cover of Vogue UK!

Taylor Swift is on the cover of Vogue UK’s November 2014 issue!

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Below are some excerpts from the interview:

On her new album 1989:

“This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things. Because with this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.”

On her dating life:

“Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is. I don’t know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can’t protect his girlfriend because that’s the life she chose. I just don’t see how it could work, so I don’t think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself. ‘Cause I don’t think any guy really… They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don’t think they want what comes with it.”

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Taylor Swift Red Tour Concert happening tonight at the MOA Arena!

Taylor Swift will perform once again in front of the Filipino crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City TONIGHT!

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Swift arrived yesterday, as her fans greeted her at the NAIA Terminal 4 via Air Asia personalized plane.

Swift’s catchy brand of country-pop music has single-handedly caught the attention mainstream music scene, and she’s one of the top sellers of concert tickets today so expect that Red Tour: Taylor Swift live in Manila.

 

 

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Taylor Swift’s The RED Tour Concert in Manila set for June 6!

Taylor Swift is set to return in Manila, Philippines on June 6, 2014 for The RED Tour live concert.

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According to an announcement on her official website, the 7-time Grammy winner’s blockbuster world tour started in North America, Australia, and New Zealand last year. In mid-2014, Taylor will take it to Southeast Asia.

She is scheduled to perform in Jakarta (June 4), Manila (June 6), Bangkok (June 9), Kuala Lumpur (June 11), and Singapore (June 12). In the Philippines, the one-night show will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday, February 20.

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