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Gaga Cancels Indonesia Gig

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Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel the Indonesia leg of her world tour after security concerns were caused by threats from hard-line religious groups who claimed her show was too vulgar.

One such religious group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), even threatened to prevent Lady Gaga from getting off the plane if she were to land in the country.

With the threat of action from a number of other Muslim groups in the island’s capital of Jakarta, the Indonesian police have refused to issue the eccentric popstress with a permit for her visit.

The concert, originally scheduled for June 3, was a sell out with all 50,000 tickets for the extravaganza sold within hours of going on sale. Although Gaga’s fans will be enormously disappointed, promoters have pledged that all ticket holders will be fully reimbursed.

Police were prepared to issue a permit to the American pop icon if she agreed to tone down her Born This Way Ball concept tour. However, Lady Gaga’s flamboyance was not to be tamed, and instead her management team decided the best solution was to cancel the show.

In a statement from Habib Salim Alatas, the Islamic Defenders Front’s Jakarta chairman, said: “The FPI is grateful she has not decided to come. Indonesians will be protected from sin brought about by this Mother Monster, the destroyer of morals.

“Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?”

Hopefully for Lady Gaga this is water off a duck’s back as it is not the first time her concerts have met with objections. Back in April the South Korean leg of her tour was transformed into an adults only gig as a way of appeasing Christian groups accusing the singer of blasphemy.

One thing’s for sure, Lady Gaga does not suffer from a lack of confidence, so she will be sure to bounce back for the end of the tour in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.



British-born disco musician Robin Gibb has died at the London Clinic following a long fight with cancer aged just 62.

Gibb’s musical career began when he formed a family band with brothers Barry and Maurice called the Bee Gees back in 1958.

The band went on to become one of the biggest selling artists of all time with album sales reaching over 200 million worldwide, spanning decades and generations of fans. The Bee Gees had more than 30 UK top 40 hit singles spanning five decades a feat that many aspiring musicians can only dream of.

For several years, Gibb had battled ill health. The Bee Gee cancelled a series of shows after again suffering from abdominal pains. He was found to have cancer of the colon and later also diagnosed with cancer of the liver, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

Last month the singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia.

According to the BBC, Gibb had regained consciousness and was said to have been making a positive recovery. But his death was announced at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

Tributes for the star have been pouring in since the news broke of his passing. Celebrities and musicians took to twitter to show their sorrow for Gibbs passing. 

Justin Timberlake described Gibb as "a truly brilliant musician", adding: "One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow."

Contemporary musician Cliff Richard said "It is hard to put it into words really. I just feel that The Bee Gees have been so much part of our industry. I always feel that we are a fraternity of people who sing pop and rock and Robin is another one of us who has gone too soon, too early.

Friend of Gibb and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, added his condolences saying he would "miss him very much".

"Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being," said Mr Blair.

Besides his contribution to the field of music, Robin was in recent years a leading figure in the campaign to raise a permanent memorial to the Bomber crews of WWII.

Britain’s Got Talent bosses are facing are in a spot of hot water with claims of a fix after hit act Loveable Rogues admitted ITV1 bosses hand-chose them to perform for the judges.

Eddie Brett, Sonny Jay and Té Eugene booked their place in the BGT final after an impressive rendition of their own track Lovesick, but news has since come out that the band were specifically asked to perform for Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams after the production team’s talent scouts spotted their videos online.

Under normal circumstances, acts have to apply and are first slimmed down by producers before being seen by the panel, but the “Rogues” skipped the preliminary auditions and were put straight on the live stage in front of Simon Cowell and the judges

Loveable Rogues are Eddie Brett, Sonny Jay and Té Eugene. Eddie admitted to The Sun: “Yes, we did get approached.”

Co-star Sonny Jay added: “We never really thought about doing shows like this, but obviously an opportunity came along and it would be silly not to.

“We’ve been gigging constantly for 18 months, trying to build up our fanbase and working hard, but a show like this is an incredible platform – within weeks everyone knows who you are.”

Band mate Sonny confessed that the group subsequently skipped several stages of the audition process, avoiding the lengthy queues and pre-auditions endured by other contestants.

He told The Sun: 'The audition in front of the judges was the first we've done.'

The show has always been under scrutiny with evidence suggesting that that the show is manipulated to include the most marketable acts likely to sell scores of albums, and purposely include less talented acts for public ridicule by the audience.

Speaking after their performance on Tuesday's semi-final, Cowell further fuelled suspicion of manipulation by telling the band: “It was brilliant. I know who you should be working with on your first album, I can hear that single already.” 

When asked about the allegations, a spokesman for Britain’s Got Talent said: “We let people know about auditions in lots of ways, from ads in local papers to fliers distributed at festivals.

"As part of this normal process, we may inform some acts about the auditions. All acts are auditioned on their own merits and the judges then decide who goes through to the live shows.”

Check out the bands live performance of their track "Lovesick" below.