Singapore có Taylor Swift trong tuần này khiến "hàng xóm" bắt đầu phàn nàn

đất nước sư tử biện minh việc trả tiền ngôi sao nhạc pop để chiếm lĩnh vị trí độc quyền tổ chức tại Đông Nam Á. Thủ tướng Thái Lan cho biết giá lên tới 3 triệu USD/show

Taylor Swift has descended on Southeast Asia, or one small part of it at least: All of her six sold-out shows are in Singapore, the region’s wealthiest nation.

Last month, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand said publicly that Singapore had paid Ms. Swift up to $3 million per show on the condition that she play nowhere else in Southeast Asia. A lawmaker in the Philippines later said that was not “what good neighbors do.”

Singapore pushed back. First its culture minister said the actual value of the exclusivity deal — which he declined to name — was “nowhere as high.” The country’s former ambassador (cựu đại sứ) at large later called the criticism (chỉ trích) “sour grapes.” And on Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told reporters that he did not see the deal as diplomatically “unfriendly.”

At a time when Southeast Asian governments are dealing with tensions over the South China Sea and the fallout from a brutal war in Myanmar, among other serious issues, the controversy over Ms. Swift’s Singapore shows is “kind of refreshing,” said Susan Harris Rimmer, a law professor who has studied soft power in the region (quyền lực mềm trong khu vực).

An exclusivity deal around a concert, a kind of noncompete agreement known as a “radius clause,” is standard practice in the music industry, said Susan Abramovitch, the head of the entertainment and sports law division at the international law firm Gowling WLG.

Late last month, a lawmaker in the Philippines generated headlines by saying that he had asked the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss the exclusivity clause (điều khoản độc quyền) with the Singaporean government, saying that it had come at the expense of neighboring countries (chi phí của các nước láng giềng).

Professor Harris Rimmer said that, financial incentives aside, Singapore is a logical place for Swift to play in Southeast Asia, in part because it is safe for young female fans and has excellent transport links to the rest of the region. She said Ms. Swift’s glamorous mystique (huyền bí quyến rũ) also fits nicely with Singapore’s efforts to promote itself as the “glamour kitten of Asia.”

source: nytimes,

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