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Rihanna cancels Sweden show because of illness

Rihanna is the first female to have U.K. no. 1 singles in the no. 1 spot in five consecutive years. Only Elvis and The Beatles have had more U.K. no. 1 singles in consecutive years. The pop star performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday Sept. 24, 2011.
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Rihanna performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 24, 2011.
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STOCKHOLM (CBS/AP) Pop star Rihanna has become the latest singer to cancel concerts because of health problems.

Organizers say Rihanna was forced to cancel a show in the Swedish city Malmo at the last minute after being hospitalized in Sweden with what she says is the flu.

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Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson says Rihanna didn't feel well Monday and tour organizers contacted a doctor who concluded the singer was suffering from severe exhaustion and "was not capable of carrying out the concert."

The singer apologized to fans on Twitter and posted a picture of her arm attached to an intravenous drip.

Reuters is reporting that she issued a statement, saying, "I am sorry to everyone who was coming out to my show in Malmo, Sweden. I was so excited to perform for you all. It would have been a great time ... so much better than being sick with the flu, ugh! I'm really disappointed I couldn't be there."

Akesson says Rihanna is now in Stockholm and said he expects her to perform there as scheduled Tuesday evening.

Organizers are trying to find a new date for the show in Malmo.