Singapore Prime Minister Defends Exclusive Deal to Lure Taylor Swift  

Singapore forged a pact that guaranteed Taylor Swift would play the city-state  

but nowhere else in Southeast Asia, the country's prime minister claimed Tuesday, defending the covert agreement.  

Swift is halfway through a run of six sold-out gigs in Singapore, Southeast Asia's lone stop on her successful Eras tour.  

The star's schedule has prompted outrage in the music-obsessed region, with Singapore accused of throwing money at Swift to prevent her from performing in other cities.  

The subject surprisingly arose at the ASEAN-Australia conference in Melbourne, which is generally focused on security and economic progress.  

"Our agencies negotiated an arrangement with her to come to Singapore and perform,   

and to make Singapore her only stop in Southeast Asia," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart.  

"An agreement was achieved. As a result, the agreement proved to be extremely successful. "I don't see that as unfriendly."  

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