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Sunday, 16 September, 2001, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Britney cancels tour after attacks
Britney Spears
Spears: Waiting for a flight to the US
Pop singer Britney Spears has cancelled a promotional tour of South America and Europe in the wake of the attacks on the United States.

The star, who was on the last flight to leave America for Australia before the attacks took place, will return to be with her family.

"After much thought and deliberation it is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my planned European and Latin American promotion trips," she said in a statement.

Madonna postponed a show in LA on Tuesday
She was due to appear in Cologne, Germany and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after launching her third album in Australia.

She flew out to Sydney on the same flight as Keanu Reaves and US Open tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt, and were only told of the attacks in America when they landed.

"We are currently unable to get flights back to the United States, so we plan to stay in Australia until this is possible," Spears said.

"[I] trust you will understand my decision to return home and spend time with my family and loved ones."

Backstreet Boys
A member of the Backstreet Boys' crew died
Madonna will donate the proceedings from her three Los Angeles concerts to charity following the attacks.

Up to 70,000 could be raised at the shows, which took place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Backstreet Boys, who lost one of their stage crew on one of the hijacked flights, plus Sade, Earth, Wind & Fire and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among the other musicians who have pledged funds.

Name change

Major record companies Vivendi Universal, Bertelsmann and the EMI Group have said they will give a total of $8m (5.4m) to relief efforts.

American electronic band I Am The World Trade Center have temporarily shortened their name after the attacks.

They will now be known as I Am The... and will donate part of the proceeds from their debut album Out of the Loop to the United Way's September 11th Fund.

And American rockers Jimmy Eat World have changed the name of their forthcoming single, Bleed American, to just Bleed in response to the events.

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