News

Ke$ha banned from Malaysian performance

Ke$ha banned from Malaysian performance

TOO HOT TO HANDLE: Ke$ha, seen here during a June performance, was banned from performing in Malaysia. Photo: Associated Press

Ke$ha was banned from performing a concert in Malaysia on Saturday after officials declared the pop star too risque for fans in the conservative country.

The “TiK ToK” singer’s gig at a Kuala Lumpur stadium was cancelled at the last minute, with authorities insisting her performance would “hurt cultural and religious sensitivities” in the Muslim-majority nation.

Ke$ha took to Twitter.com to defend herself, telling followers she would have been put behind bars for going ahead with the show.

She tweeted, “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.”

She later added, “Yesterday was hard for me… I just wanna share my music and life with you guys.”

Promoters at Livescape Asia reveal Ke$ha had agreed to adjust her lyrics and tone down her racy wardrobe to comply with Malaysia’s strict regulations.

In a statement, firm bosses explained, “Livescape would… like to go on record to applaud and thank Ke$ha and her team for working closely with us and having agreed to modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities.”

Ke$ha made headlines earlier this month for accidentally electrocuting herself while performing on stage with a power tool.

Other stars have previously run into trouble over gigs in Malaysia, including Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas star Fergie, who were ordered to cover up and tone down their raunchy routines, and Beyoncé, who canceled shows in the country in 2007 and 2009 after reportedly falling foul of Malaysia’s conservative Muslim groups.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top alternative tracks

georgeezra

LISTEN: This week's top alternative songs, according to the weekly Billboard chart.

in National, Viral Videos

WATCH: The origin of fireworks

17-overlay

The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

in Viral Videos

Miami judge recognizes suspect as middle school classmate

20-overlay

A man charged with burglary is moved to tears when he realizes he went to middle school with the judge assigned to his case.

in Viral Videos

This cat doesn’t care about your yoga pose

23-overlay1

This adorable cat has mastered the art of passive aggressive protest.

in Viral Videos

Car jumps open drawbridge

13-overlay1

Talk about distracted driving!