Bronchitis-hit Taylor Swift cancels three more shows

LOS ANGELES Wed Jul 6, 2011 8:00pm EDT

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas, May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas, May 22, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift on Wednesday canceled three more of her U.S. concerts due to bronchitis but said she hoped to be better for a July 14 date in Montreal.

Swift, 21, said she was advised by doctors not to perform at all this week. She postponed dates in Charlotte and Atlanta on July 8, 9 and 10 for October and November, after pulling out of a show in Louisville on July 2.

It's the first time that the popular "Speak Now" singer has had to postpone or cancel a show because of illness.

"It breaks my heart to miss out on this weekend's shows with my friends in Charlotte and Atlanta," Swift said in a statement.

"I would never cancel if I thought I was physically able to perform these shows. I am so sorry to the fans, but I look forward to seeing you when we come back through your towns, which we will do," she added.

Swift, one of the best-selling artists in the United States, is scheduled to play 98 shows in 17 countries on her current tour in support of her 2010 album "Speak Now".

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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