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Amid concerns about the novel coronavirus, the entertainment industry has taken a financial pummeling across Europe and Asia since the beginning of the year — and now, it seems the U.S. and Canada are being affected, too.
The rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and as of Tuesday is confirmed to have infected more than 116,000 people, across 100-plus countries. It has claimed over 4,000 lives.
With its continuously increasing spread, COVID-19 went from damaging China’s film market to putting the global music industry as a whole in a potentially slow-burning peril after threatening the tours of many scheduled performers.
While the rest of the world — mostly Europe and Asia — has been faced with concert delays and cancellations since late January, it wasn’t until last week that North America’s music industry took its first reported hit from the new coronavirus.
On March 3, Mariah Carey became one of the first artists to opt out of a scheduled U.S. show because of the virus. She became the first of many.
Here’s a list of the concerts, tours and festivals being affected by COVID-19 in North America:
Though she didn’t explicitly name COVID-19, Carey, 49, credited the postponement of her March 10, Honolulu, Hawaii concert to “evolving international travel restrictions” in a tweet.
“I’m so so sad to have to announce that I’m postponing my show to November,” wrote the All I Want For Christmas Is You singer. “I was so excited to come back to Hawaii on my ‘anniversary month.’”
Carey will return to Honolulu on Nov. 28 at the Blaisdell Arena.
South By Southwest music festival
On March 6, South By Southwest (or SXSW), the beloved Austin, Texas-based music festival, become the first officially cancelled music gathering in the U.S.
The festival tweeted that for the first time in 34 years, it would be cancelled, shortly after the mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, announced a local disaster as a precaution against the new coronavirus.
It was scheduled to take place from March 13 to March 22.
American singer/songwriter Ciara postponed her March 19 performance at the grand opening of the new United Service Organizations (USO) charity in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
The pregnant musician confirmed the news to the Associated Press on March 7.
“With the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout the U.S., as a pregnant woman, my doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings. I am disappointed I won’t be able to return this month to the place where I was born and put on the amazing show we had planned,” the 34-year-old said in a statement.
“I urge everyone to be diligent in taking steps to stay healthy and safe.”
She did not set a rescheduled date.
The Seattle-based grunge legends became the first — of perhaps many to come — to postpone an entire North American tour. On Monday evening, frontman Eddie Vedder confirmed the news in a statement shared through the official Pearl Jam website.
“We are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives,” wrote the Black singer, who did not explicitly name COVID-19 in the lengthy statement.
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