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Thursday
Jun162011

Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour Launches Thursday Night

Max Morse/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Britney Spears is bringing Femme Fatale to her fans. Her tour, featuring Nicki Minaj as the opening act, kicks off in Sacramento, California Thursday night.

According to published reports, Spears' over-the-top show will feature nine costume changes and features an "action-hero"-type theme, with the singer changing identities and appearing to travel the world.  At one point during the show, the singer will pull some fans out of the audience to dance with her.

As for the music, Spears will cover Madonna's "Burning Up" and Rihanna's "S&M," as well as much of the Femme Fatale album and pretty much every single one of her hits, from "...Baby One More Time" to "'Til the World Ends."  Supposedly, Spears will also be singing more songs live this time, as opposed to her past tours, where she lip-synched nearly everything.

In an interview with the British morning TV show Daybreak, Spears said of the Femme Fatale tour, "There's a lot of surprises in the show...it's probably one of the most impactful, entertainment shows I've ever done."

She also said the show is "just more me" than any one she'd done previously.

The North American leg of the Femme Fatale tour is scheduled to wrap up on Aug. 14.  In September, it heads overseas.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Britney Spears Confirms Nicki Minaj, Others as Tour Openers 

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumors, Britney Spears has finally confirmed that Nicki Minaj will be the opening act for her upcoming Femme Fatale tour.

In addition to Minaj, Spears is also bringing along two other female acts: Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo.

In a statement, Britney said, "This is the Femme Fatale tour and I'm thrilled to have Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo join me and get everyone on the dance floor.  Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."

The tour kicks off June 16 in Sacramento, California.  Tickets go on sale for select markets on April 30 via Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com

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Thursday
Apr072011

Britney Spears Becomes First Woman to Score Sixth Top Album Debut

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears' new album, Femme Fatale, debuted in the number one position on the Billboard album chart this week, with first-week sales of 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

It's Spears' sixth album to enter the chart at number one, and according to her record label, she's now the only female artist to score six top-selling album debuts.

In addition, the pop singer is now tied with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey for the third-most number-one albums overall among female artists.  Only Barbra Streisand and Madonna have more, with nine and seven, respectively.

Femme Fatale also scored the year's second-biggest first-week sales, after Adele's album, 21.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Britney Spears to Tour in June With Enrique Iglesias 

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- On Tuesday's edition of ABC's Good Morning America, Britney Spears revealed the news that fans have been waiting for -- she's kicking off a tour in June to support her new CD Femme Fatale.

Spears also announced who she's bringing along with her: Enrique Iglesias.  It's a co-headlining tour, and it'll kick off June 17 in Sacramento, California.  Tickets go on sale for select markets on April 9 via Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Also during the GMA appearance, Spears accepted a certificate declaring it Britney Spears Day in San Francisco, where her performance was taped over the weekend.

She thanked all her fans for their love and support and said, "Music is my life, it's my world.  I'm so happy to be able to share it with all of them."

Here are Spears' tour dates, with more to be announced soon:

6/17 -- Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion  
6/18 -- San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
6/20 -- Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
6/24 -- Anaheim, CA Honda Center
6/25 -- Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
6/28 -- Portland, OR  Rose Garden Arena
6/29 -- Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
7/1 --  Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
7/4 --  Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
7/6 --  St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
7/8 --  Chicago, IL United Center
7/12 -- Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
7/13 -- Houston, TX Toyota Center
7/15 -- New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
7/17 -- Atlanta, GA  Philips Arena  
7/20 -- Orlando, FL Amway Center
7/22 -- Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
7/26 -- Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
7/28 -- Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
7/31 -- Washington, DC Verizon Center
8/2 --  Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
8/5 --  East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
8/8  -- Boston, MA TD Garden
8/11 -- Montreal, QC Bell Centre
8/13 -- Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Hits Stores; Singer Takes Over ABC

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After months of teaser clips and a full online leak, Tuesday is the day that fans can finally get the official version of Britney Spears' new album, Femme Fatale.

As previously reported, Femme Fatale is an upbeat, non-stop dance album that was produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Will.I.Am and other hitmakers. 

Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz gives it a B+, declaring it's "definitely one of her stronger efforts in the past couple years.  There's some moments that are classic Britney...it certainly has a lot of great, really accessible dance pop tracks."

However, says Markovitz, Spears isn't exactly re-inventing the wheel.

He explains, "I don't think what [she's] doing on Femme Fatale is wildly different than what we're hearing on the radio from some other artists.  But Britney brings her own personality to it, and certainly...the people that she's working with are the absolute best of the best."

The most positive thing about Britney's album, Markovitz notes, is that we can finally stop saying that she's "made a comeback" -- her career's been on an upswing for several years now.

As Markovitz says, "She's a hugely successful artist and her last album did very well.  This album is about seeing if she can maintain that."

Whether Femme Fatale will break any sales records remains to be seen.  Though Markovitz says that there's plenty of "heat" around the album, the fact that it was leaked online may affect its sales.  Then again, Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter III also leaked, and went on to sell over a million copies in a single week.

Spears will kick off the Femme Fatale media blitz Tuesday morning with a performance on ABC's Good Morning America that was taped over the weekend in San Francisco.  You'll see her sing "Hold It Against Me," "Till the World Ends" and a medley of her past hits.  Then on Tuesday night, she'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Upcoming appearances include The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

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Monday
Mar282011

Britney Spears Wows Thousands of Fans at Concert to Air on 'GMA'

Eloise Harper/ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Britney Spears made 5,000 fans very happy Sunday, performing a concert for Good Morning America at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Singing three songs from her new album Femme Fatale, Spears danced on stage, wowing the packed auditorium.  The new album -- her seventh -- comes out on Tuesday.

Spears, 29, greeted the crowd in a silver sequined body-suit, and sang "Hold It Against Me."

Her adoring fans, some of whom had been camped out all night, held signs and screamed for the pop star.

"I thought it was amazing.  She was really great," said Sarah Ammann, a fan from San Francisco.

"She's the ultimate performer.  She's definitely back," added Alicia Kennon of Brentwood, California.

Spears changed costumes and surprised the crowd by coming out of a speaker, dancing and singing "Big Fat Bass."  Wearing a black leotard and a black officer hat, she climbed on speakers that were set up on the stage, to cheers from the concertgoers.

For her last song, Spears sang "Till The World Ends," wearing a black leotard spotted with flashing red lights and fishnet tights.

Spears closed the show standing on a metal structure facing to the crowd while a fireworks-like explosion lit up the stage.  As she left the stage, fans screamed and cheered for more.

Even though free tickets to the show sold out in 14 minutes when they were made available last week, fans were lined up outside the venue and tried to get in to see the star.

The concert will air Tuesday on Good Morning America.

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Friday
Mar182011

Britney Spears Books TV Appearances, Talks 'Fresh' New CD

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears' new album Femme Fatale isn't out yet, but it's already on a roll -- the first single, Hold It Against Me, hit #1, and now the second single, Till the World Ends, has just become her tenth top-10 hit. 

Britney will travel to San Francisco to record her upcoming Good Morning America concert performance on March 27; it'll air on March 29, the day Femme Fatale comes out.  That same day, MTV will host a "Britney takeover day."  At some point that week, Britney will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and on April 2, she'll appear on Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards.  Meanwhile, Britney is gearing up to shoot the video for Till The World Ends, which was written by Ke$ha.

Meanwhile, Britney tells Rolling Stone that her vision for Femme Fatale was to "make a dance album that was ahead of everything else out there, but unique to me," and "a fresh-sounding album for the clubs, or something that you play in your car when you're going out at night that gets you excited." She says, "I think my first two singles...sound completely different from anything else and I think when my fans hear the rest of Femme Fatale, they'll see how fresh every song is."

Even though Britney has worked with big-name producers on her albums, she says she's no pawn: she's always been the one to call the shots.  She tells Rolling Stone, "I have always been heavily involved in every album I have ever made. I'm very stubborn when it comes to recording and will only record songs I love, which is why it takes me a long time to make an album."  She adds, "I guess it's a good process because I love all of my music. I know there are a lot of artists that hate songs they recorded. I don’t feel that way."

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Tuesday
Mar012011

Another Britney Spears Song Snippet is Out, Thanks to Will.I.Am

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After announcing via Twitter that he and Britney Spears were collaborating in the studio, Will.I.Am just couldn't resist giving fans a taste of what they've been working on.

He posted via Twitter a link to a snippet of the song they did together called "The Big Fat Bass," and added, "Thank you, Britney, for collaborating.  It was a pleasure working with you.  Thank you for trusting my instincts.  You're a doll."

"The Big Fat Bass," which features Spears chanting, "I can be the treble, baby/You can be the bass/You can be the bass," is the fourth song to be teased from the star's forthcoming CD Femme Fatale, out March 29.  The previous songs were "How I Roll," "I Wanna Go," and "Inside Out."

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Monday
Feb282011

Britney Spears to Perform on Good Morning America

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears will launch her new album Femme Fatale in a big way, with a special performance on ABC's Good Morning America on March 29, the day the album arrives in stores.

In a video promo, Britney says, "Good morning, America! I'm excited to tell you on Tuesday morning, March 29, I'll be performing for the first time ever in a special concert in San Francisco's historic Castro district...and I promise you, it'll be a morning to remember."

Britney also launched her 2008 album, Circus, with a day-of-release performance on Good Morning America.  That performance took place inside a three-ring circus.

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Wednesday
Feb232011

Britney Spears Reveals Another Song Clip from New CD

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After teasing fans for days with tiny peeks of her "Hold It Against Me" video, it appears as though Britney Spears is going to do the same thing with the music on her new album, Femme Fatale.

Over the weekend, she tweeted out a 10-second clip for a song called "Inside Out," and on Tuesday, she tweeted a link to a 23-second clip of yet another song, called "I Wanna Go."  It was co-written and co-produced by Shellback, who worked with Spears on "If U Seek Amy" and "3," as well as with Usher on "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and Avril Lavigne on "What the Hell."

Femme Fatale is scheduled to arrive March 29.  Spears' manager, Larry Rudolph, told MTV, "It's somewhat of a departure from what she's done.  It's more mature.  It's more of a dance record."

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