Boyle, Dylan Not Playing China
At least two Western singers won’t be entertaining Chinese audiences in the near future, though it’s not entirely clear whether either was actually that close to making an appearance.
China’s People’s Daily reports that
Apparently, the Scottish singer had accepted an invitation from the sponsor of the ceremony. The newspaper said that she was supposed to attend the awards and perform in Shanghai three days later.
A representative of Sony Music said that Boyle could not make it because she was busy with “promotional activities in the UK and some other countries,” one of which is obviously Japan, where she is still scheduled to sing with an orchestra April 1. Unless, of course, that turns out to be an April Fool’s joke.
It will also include Taiwan, which seems to be the sticking point. According to the Shanghaiist Web site, whatever plans were in the works for a Dylan show in China have been scrapped due to “haggling between mainland and Taiwanese promoters.”