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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There Will Be More Snowflakes After Manchester Bombing,

Fans beg Justin Bieber to cancel 

dates as fear grips pop's youth

By Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy | LOS ANGELES
Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be
canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan
base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's
 Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should
be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.
"Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please," a
person using the handle marhrukhh wrote on the Instagram account of Bieber's
 manager, Scooter Braun.
Braun also manages Grande, also 23, a former Nickelodeon star whose huge
 female fan base, many of them tweens, were out in force for her concert in
Manchester on Monday night when a suicide bombing killed 22 people and
injured dozens.
The "Problem" singer flew to Florida on Tuesday to spend time with her family,
the Daily Mail website reported. Representatives at Grande's record company did
not return calls on whether the remainder of her world tour, with stops in London
 and Europe, would go ahead.
Leanne Murray, 20, who lives in Ireland, has tickets to see Bieber play in Dublin
next month. But she said that after Monday's bombing she is contemplating selling
"I just don't want what I would hope to be a great night to end in something like
 last night," Murray, who paid 180 Euros ($200) each for two tickets told Reuters.
"It's frightening to think that it could have been any of us and it really shows that
 you never know what's around the corner," Murray added.
Representatives for Bieber did not immediately respond to Reuters on the status
of his upcoming performances.
Touring has been one of the top sources of income for musicians in recent years.
 The top 10 worldwide tour acts grossed a combined $1.67 billion in 2016,
according to music industry publication Pollstar, with Bruce Springsteen bringing
in $268.3 million alone.
Pop acts like Taylor Swift, Bieber, One Direction and Grande are also among the
top earners. Grande grossed more than $25 million from touring between April
2016-April 2017, according to Pollstar figures, while Bieber grossed $163 million
 in 2016.
Robin Wolff, from Agoura Hills, California, said she has accompanied her
15-year-old daughter Brooke to Miley Cyrus and One Direction concerts. Her
 daughter has only more recently attended a couple of concerts without parental
Asked if she has concerns for her children attending concerts in the wake of
the Manchester attack, Wolff said, "Absolutely."
"It's scary. Especially if you're not there for them, that's
 even scarier. Me going with them, I'm OK with that," she
Joe Reinartz, news editor at Pollstar, said that although he
 believes security is already strong at music venues and
 will no doubt be stepped up, parents would likely be more
"In the short term, there are going to be concerns for any
 large gathering where there will be young people, and
that doesn't necessarily mean a Justin Bieber show. It
means a high school football game, or an event at a fair ground," Reinartz said.
Jim Donio, president of the Music Business Association, said he would be
surprised to see musicians cancelling tours because of the attack at the Grande
But he said fans will be more aware and prepared. "Will parents make more
informed decisions? Yes, that's possible, so there can be some impact there."
(Additional reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler
and Lisa Shumaker)