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Kanye West’s arena tour with Lady Gaga killed off
If Taylor Swift had any intentions of catching Kanye West on the rapper’s North American concert tour with Lady Gaga, she will now have to make other plans. The trek is off, according to a terse statement issued Thursday afternoon by concert promoter Live Nation.
“Live Nation announced today that the Kanye West and Lady Gaga ‘Fame Kills’ tour has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online and via phone will be refunded automatically.”
A spokesman for Live Nation declined to elaborate. Publicists for West and Lady Gaga could not be reached. The arena tour was supposed to begin on Nov. 10 in Phoenix, and wrap on Jan. 24 in Dallas.
Details of the tour were announced amid the worldwide furor that greeted West’s outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, when the controversial star interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to say that her prize should have gone to Beyonce instead. An apologetic West told comedian Jay Leno the following day that he planned to take some time off and “just analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve. Because I am a celebrity, and that’s something I have to deal with.”
Lady Gaga had eagerly discussed the tour, which would have been a stylish coming out for the biggest new star of 2009. Her album “The Fame” ranks as the best-selling debut album of the year in the United States with 1.3 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has yielded two No. 1 singles: “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” It’s also the fifth-biggest-selling album of the year overall in the U.S.