Lady Gaga back on the road after threats sink Indonesian show
After refusing requests earlier this week to censor her upcoming Indonesian "Born This Way Ball" show, Lady Gaga has officially cancelled the sold-out concert due to threats by Islamic hardliners.
The chart-topping pop star broke the news of the June 3 cancellation to her 25 million Twitter followers, saying, "We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I'm so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me."
Another Tweet followed: "I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown."
The Islamic Defenders Front has been protesting the June performance, claiming Gaga is "the envoy of the devil's child and that she will spread satanic teaching," according to Reuters.
Indonesia has the world's largest population of Muslims, though it is a secular state.
The Jakarta Post has reported that fear for Gaga's safety and that of the 52,000 ticketholders led to the concert's cancellation, especially after "hard line groups, such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which had purchased 150 concert tickets, had threatened to wreak havoc in the stadium, while the Jakarta Police had insisted on not recommending the National Police issue a concert permit."
Gaga, who was recently named Forbes' Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011, released her sophomore studio effort, "Born This Way," last May. The album sold more than a million copies its first week in stores and debuted atop most major charts, including The Billboard 200 and album charts in more than two dozen international markets.
The Asian portion of her world tour wraps up Thursday (5/31) in Singapore, after which the multi-platinum-selling songstress will head Down Under for a slew of shows.