MADONNA WILL NOT PERFORM “HOLY WATER” SEGMENT IN SINGAPORE
“We wish to reconfirm MDA’s earlier response to this matter and clarify that Holy Water will not be a part of the Singapore show,” says organiser Live Nation Lushington.
SINGAPORE: Madonna will not be performing her controversial song Holy Water during the Singapore leg of her Rebel Heart Tour later this month, clarified organiser Live Nation Lushington on Friday (Feb 19).
In an article published by the Straits Times on Feb 16, it cited an investor in the show, Chief Executive of Kinglun International Holdings James Lee who said Holy Water would be performed in an amended version at the Singapore show.
Live Nation Lushington also stated that it had a cleared song list and performance that would meet the Media Development Authority (MDA) guidelines and requirements of show licensing in Singapore. The company holds the licence for the show.
MDA stated previously that Madonna would not be allowed to perform the segment because it contained “religiously-sensitive content which breach our guidelines”.
The regulator reiterated that the concert organiser has agreed to comply with the terms of the license. “(The license) states that the concert should not contain content or materials which offend any race or religion, and that the performance overall must fall within the guidelines of the R18 rating.”