Brit Brit announced the residency that everybody already knew about, but she had to do a big official thing last week. The show, “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” will kick off on December 27 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. It will be swanky nightclub meets a dance club kind of vibe.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, Britney will perform 100 shows. She has revealed that while she will revisit some of her classics, some of her new stuff will be included as well during the 90-minute shows. But here is the kicker, when is the last time Britney actually sang live? That is the big question on everyone’s minds and it is reflecting in the ticket sales. She is no stranger to lip-synching. It is pretty much common knowledge she doesn’t perform live. Sure, she probably did 10 years ago, but not anymore. If anybody actually believes her voice comes out sounding like a perfectly-synched robot then they have been brainwashed by the autotune culture of today.
A source has a feeling that those who actually pay the ticket prices to see the Britney show are going to be sorely disappointed. “She hasn’t sung live for a couple of years,” claims the insider. No! You don’t say?! You mean she can’t sing and dance all over the stage without sounding even the slightest bit out of breath or out of tune? Some may remember that little incident in Australia a while back. People who paid to see her in concert were disgusted by the charade and bailed out before it was over. Then they demanded their money back. Basically, they felt defrauded, which technically, they kind of were.
When you buy tickets to see a concert, you do not expect to hear the exact same song you hear on the radio. Live music has a very particular sound and it isn’t like the perfectly tuned stuff you hear on your iPod or Pandora. This particular source is concerned things could get ugly in Vegas, “If the crowd thinks they are being cheated, then there is likely to be an uproar.” Britney has fine-tuned the art of miming, so they may never truly know. That is as long as she doesn’t try pulling off some of her most recent hits that include a voice no human could make.
Her shows tend to be more about her working the crowd and the dancing going on. It isn’t about the singing. Of course neither is her career. Despite these claims, a spokesperson for the “Toxic” basically calls the claims a bunch of hogwash. “Britney will be singing... She is in vocal training - has been for months.” Uh, good to know she is actually getting some formal training after being a big popstar for 15 years. Isn’t that something you should do before you land a record deal?
Well, if the ticket sales are anything to go by, the people have spoken and if they want to see a mime, they will head to the casinos. Another source claims ticket sales for her first shows are not doing well at all. The first 16 shows had the tickets go on sale last Friday. And, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars put into the promotion for this residency, the tickets are just not selling quite as fast as hoped. In fact, a source reports, “Britney only sold out three of the 16 shows put on sale and many are considering this a disaster.” All is not lost yet. It has only been a few days, but considering the fact that Celine Dion and Shania Twain managed to sell out their concerts, it seems telling that Britney’s appeal isn’t quite as powerful.
The lackluster ticket sales are further compounded by the fact that the venue is rather small with only 4,500 tickets available each show. That would typically create a sell-out status, but not in this case. The insider goes on to say, “Ticket sales need to start skyrocketing or else there’s going to be a lot of disappointed investors and people involved with the show.”