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Katy Perry Ditches Alibaba’s Concert After Anti-Trump Tweets

  • Singer had been slated to headline Singles’ Day gala
  • Athlete David Beckham named to take Perry’s place at event
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Pop star Katy Perry has pulled out of a star-studded extravaganza put on by China’s largest online retailer.

The “Firework” singer canceled her Thursday-night appearance at Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s annual Singles’ Day event, an hours-long gala intended to launch the country’s biggest online-shopping day of the year. Perry was to have headlined the concert as “global ambassador” alongside fellow recording artists One Republic and basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Instead, sports celebrity David Beckham will take her place.