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Taylor Swift Sued

Over Epic Canadian

Hoedown Disaster

2/18/2013 2:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Taylor Swift
got paid $2.5 MILLION to perform at a hoedown in Canada ... but when the show got canceled, Taylor kept the money ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Long story short ... Swift was supposed to headline a huge country music concert in Ottawa in August 2012 called the Capital Hoedown.

Problem is ... the promoters couldn't get their act together, and to the dismay of the Canadian country music community, the hoedown was 86'd. 

So why is this Taylor's problem?

According to a new lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Swift got all of her cash up front ... and the ticket company, which had to refund $1.8 million in tickets, thinks she should foot the bill ... since she never actually did anything. In fact, even if TS were to pay, she would still walk with $700k in profit.

But Taylor's rep tells TMZ the singer NEVER made a deal with the ticket company -- and has not yet seen the lawsuit ... which means she's not exactly rushing to fork over a $1.8 million check.

In related news, they have hoedowns in Canada?!?!?

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46.

Fran    

I don't get the Taylor Swift popularity. At all.

550 days ago
47.

Tom    

Cant keep a good Ho down!

550 days ago
48.

Lina    

I don't know that the concert organizers will win this one. They essentially had a contract with her, for a set amount of money. Unless there was an "if we cancel this, she returns the money" type of clause in there, then I think they're SOOL. They couldn't get their act together, and as a result, they had to cancel... meaning that THEY are the ones who are in breach of contract.. It's not Taylor's fault that the promoters didn't do their job.

550 days ago
49.

smileandshine    

I guess maybe whoever was her tour manager or road manager wasn't doing their job that well. They are the ones who usually pays bills and handles problems as they occur while the band is touring.

550 days ago
50.

karen    

Nasty and inexcusable to put anyone through needless stress. Give the money back. Without such nonsense, we'd have many more entertainment choices.

550 days ago
51.

Ryan    

Hell yeah!

We even have Jamborees and Hootenannys! Seriously!

549 days ago
52.

William    

As if they haven't seen the lawsuit but it is filed and public record...right!

In the rest of the business world, if you don't do the work, you don't get the money. Things don't always go as planned and while she should keep a "deposit" does she really need to keep all the money.? Seems greedy to me and leaves a really bad taste.

549 days ago
53.

regina    

She was too busy in August smooching the Kennedy clan anyway so it is a good thing it was cancelled!

549 days ago
54.

andrew    

She was paid to perform,she did not perform.period.

549 days ago
55.

SueH    

Obviously we don't have hoedowns in Canada or this concert would have worked :) (ok other than the Stampede which is pretty awesome).

549 days ago
56.

Valentina1    

2.5 million for this dork? Yeah ok.....smdh....

549 days ago
57.

Chlamydia    

I am NOT a fan, but this is business. She sets aside time to prepare for this event and THEY blow it. She should keep the money.

549 days ago
58.

Lil Wayne lover54321    

F u Tay swift

548 days ago
59.

Jane    

Yes we do and I am black and I love country and blue grass. Have you Americans heard of the Calgary Stampede biggest in the world. We have cow town and many more country activities going on. We are big hunters and many farmers in Canada.

548 days ago
60.

JustJenna    

This is so not her problem. They wasted her time which is very valuable when they couldn't get their act together and canceled the event. The producers of the hoe down are responsible for the ticket companies lost funds, not Swift.

548 days ago
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