Britney Spears concluded her first home in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve 2017. For the past four years, the pop star spent fifty nights a year performing it. Piece of me Show in Planet Hollywood. With countless costume changes and two hours of dancing, body rolls and hair films, her 24-song performances became a staple in the Las Vegas music scene.
While the Piece of me it was assumed that the residency would last only until 2015, the singer, who came to stardom with the debut single "Baby One More Time", joined to play her greatest hits for another two years. It seemed a no-brainer for Spears to continue this nostalgia festival; the perfect way to reconnect with your fan base while accumulating an estimated $ 30-35m per year.
It is very far from the late 2000s when the pop icon was dealing with mental health problems (who can forget the images of his shaved and shaved head?). She had two periods in rehabilitation; she faced a year in prison after a coup and escape (a Los Angeles court dismissed the charges after she paid an undisclosed amount to the other party); lost a close family member; she filed for divorce and found herself in a nasty public custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
The public perception of Spears, who was once an adolescent pop idol worshiped by millions of young fans around the world, changed and the fall of grace that followed affected her music, her personal life and her career.
But instead of ignoring the media, he played with his perceived image in 2007 Blackout. The record, a radical departure from his previous work, was meant to show a more mature Spears. But the record polarized both critics and fans, and was not helped by a poor publicity campaign. However, the album's reputation among fans has improved in the last decade and Blackout It has become a kind of cult classic, or as close to a cult classic as an album by one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Following Blackout, Spears released two albums: Circus Y Femme Fatale. While each of them had hits ("Womanizer", "Radar"), Spears' popularity had begun to decrease. So it made a lot of sense to accept residency in Las Vegas. It was an ideal way for her to capitalize on her 20-year career, to interact with fans and gave her the structure of regular work, but also the free time to spend with her family. It was an undeniable win-win.
Piece of me It has had a profound effect on the residences of pop stars in Las Vegas. Previously, retained by older artists looking for a last great paycheck, Spears has shown that residences with contemporary artists can be equally profitable for places. Now, artists like Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys and even Lady Gaga follow her example. A residence has become a brilliant and lucrative strategy to revive the career of an artist.
In interpreting her great successes and showing the world that she could still present a show, Britney reaffirmed herself before the audience; It was Spears saying: "Do not exclude me."
On December 27, Spears played the first of her last five shows. He was nine years old when he released "… Baby One More Time" and I have followed his career since then, watching him shoot, stumble and try to regain his strength over the course of two decades. That night was the first time I saw her play live. From a striking presentation of "Toxic" in an impromptu rain forest to a glistening "Everytime" on huge angel wings, the spirit and passion of Spears for putting on a show was contagious. He rode a guitar like a mechanical bull during his version of "I Love Rock & n '# Roll" (a nod to his iconic role in the coming of age film Crossroads) and called a male member of the audience so he could walk him like a dog.
The set covered all phases of his career: divided into different acts to show his evolution from an adolescent pop idol to a badas of certified pop. She seemed immortal in her bright suits, barely there and boots up to her thigh, dancing without stopping between a change of scenery and another.
Spears' residence was perhaps the most intelligent thing she did in her career when it comes to finances, rehabilitating her image and communicating with her long fan base.
It's time for the singer to recover and come to the studio because her fans are desperate to see what she will do next. We will welcome the signature "It's Britney, bitch" when it's ready.
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