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Britney Spears: Piece of Me Tour

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Britney Spears: Piece of Me Tour[1] (also referred to as Piece of Me: Exclusive Limited Tour[2]) was the ninth concert tour by American recording artist Britney Spears. Although it largely mirrors her Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, which concluded in December 2017;[3] the stage-show was updated with new remixes, production technology, visuals and set list modifications to accommodate for Arena shows.[4] The tour marks Spears' first international concert tour in seven years, following the Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.

Britney Spears: Piece of Me Tour
Tour by Britney Spears
Britney Spears Europe Tour Poster 2018.png
Promotional poster for the European leg
Start date July 12, 2018
End date September 1, 2018
Legs 2
No. of shows
  • 12 in North America
  • 18 in Europe
  • 30 total
Britney Spears concert chronology
  • Britney: Live in Concert
    (2017)
  • Britney Spears: Piece of Me Tour
    (2018)

After performing 11 shows in during the summer of 2017 in Asia under a promotional tour titled Britney: Live in Concert, the show was adapted to be performed in various select cities across North America and Europe.[5] The tour was announced in January 2018, and began in July.[6] On September 5, 2018 the tour was nominated for People's Choice Concert Tour of 2018 at the 2018 People's Choice Awards.[7]

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BackgroundEdit

Follwing the release of Spears' ninth studio album, Glory, she expressed interest in performing internationally again. In March 2017, after several publications began leaking details about Spears' planned international shows, she confirmed the planned tour by announcing concert dates in the Philippines and Israel.[8] Coincidentally, her show in Israel was held on the same day as the Labor Party's primary election, which caused the election to be moved the next day due to an insufficient amount of security and traffic congestion from Spears' concert.[9] In the weeks following the announcement, Spears revealed additional Asian tour dates. Spears performed in the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Israel for the first time during the tour.[10] A special tour edition of her ninth studio album was released on May 31st, to coincide with the start of the tour.[11]

Following allegations of lip-syncing during her concerts, Spears addressed the accusations during an Israeli phone interview, stating: "I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback." However, critic responses to the veracity of these claims were mixed.[12][13] Days after, Spears sang a live rendition of "Happy Birthday" during her show in Singapore.[14] The local media reported that Britney performed for over 60,000 fans at Hayrkon Park, Tel Aviv, on July 3.[15] Due to the concert, the Israeli Labor Party delayed their election for a new chairperson by a day. It was originally scheduled for July 3, the same day as Spears's concert, but party officials feared traffic jams and that party members would choose the concert over finding a polling station.[16]

On December 22, 2017, Spears announced she will be bringing the show to Denmark for the Smukfest.[17] On January 23, 2018, Spears announced dates for North America and Europe.[18][19] On February 13, 2018, Spears announced additional dates for the UK and Paris. Spears also announced Pitbull will join her across selected dates in Europe.[20]

Shows in the United States are sponsored by PepsiCo,[21] while the UK shows are sponsored by Britney Spears Fragrances.[22]

Critical receptionEdit

The tour has received mixed reviews. Cristina Jerome from the Miami New Times stated "The Piece of Me Tour was for Britney Spears’ day-one fans. The Princess of Pop allowed her audience to experience her career from the late '90s to the present day while sprinkling in a few hits from her latest studio album, Glory." Although complementing Spears' show production and stage presence, accusations of lip-syncing were mentioned.[23] In defence of Spears' lip-syncing accusations, Louis Staples from The Independent reviews the record-breaking Brighton Pride concert; "It is Spears’ strength and vulnerability in the face of her troubles that most endears her to her fans. She is instantly forgiven for things that would normally sink other stars, such as her well-known aversion to live singing." Later mentioning that fans attend purely for the hits and "her glittery performance[s] proves that few people can match her cultural impact, or personify the words “icon” or “megastar” quite like her. Twenty years on, people still want a piece of Spears."[24] On the other hand, the tour also received negative reviews especially in Europe; for instance, Inga Barthels from the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel writes "Once upon a time, Britney Spears was one of the world's greatest stars. Not anymore."[25] and a review by Lucia Odoom from the Danish news publication Politiken has the following title, "Britney Spears may be playing the worst concert of the century".[26]

Commercial performanceEdit

Demand in Europe and the United Kingdom saw ticket sites crashing, sparking Spears to add additional dates in London, Blackpool and Paris.[27] Tickets were sold-out in under 10 minutes for her date at 3Arena in Dublin; however, with a strict touring schedule, no additional date was added.[28] The tour was named the second best-selling female tour in the United Kingdom in 2018, according to StubHub.[29] In Oslo, the Piece of Me Tour was performed to over 20,000 spectators, making it one of Spears' highest European (excluding the United Kingdom) concert-attendances in her touring history.[30]

The concert in Bethlehem set a new record for the venue (previously held by The 1975), for the fastest selling tickets in the venue.[31] Spears' first date as part of her European leg was attended by a record-breaking crowd of 57,000 at Brighton's Preston Park in conjunction with Brighton Pride.[32] On August 11, Britney performed for 13,000 fans at Göransson Arena, Sweden, and broke the 10,500-record set by Scorpions in 2012.[33]

Set listEdit

This set list is representative of the show on July 12, 2018, in National Harbor, Maryland. It is not intended to represent all shows.[34]

Tour datesEdit

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening acts, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[35][36]
July 12, 2018 National Harbor United States MGM National Harbor N/A —10,952

11,000

July 13, 2018
July 15, 2018 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 6,998 / 7,918 $946,100
July 17, 2018 Bethlehem Sands Bethlehem Center
July 19, 2018 Atlantic City Borgata Event Center —12,000

12,000

July 20, 2018
July 21, 2018
July 23, 2018 New York City Radio City Music Hall —15,000

15,456

July 24, 2018
July 27, 2018 Hollywood Hard Rock Event Center —23,000

23,000

July 28, 2018
July 29, 2018
Leg 2 — Europe[37]
August 4, 2018[a] Brighton England Preston Park Louise[38] N/A N/A
August 6, 2018 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena Pitbull —21,864

21,900

August 8, 2018[b] Skanderborg Denmark Skanderborg Dyrehave [39] N/A N/A
August 10, 2018 Oslo Norway Telenor Arena Pitbull —19,000

19,000

August 11, 2018 Sandviken Sweden Göransson Arena —14,000

14,538

August 13, 2018 Mönchengladbach Germany Sparkassenpark —16,956

17,000

August 15, 2018 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis —12,753

13,000

August 17, 2018 Scarborough England Open Air Theatre —8,635

8,700

August 18, 2018 Manchester Manchester Arena —16,670

16,779

August 20, 2018 Dublin Ireland 3Arena —17,564

18,000

August 22, 2018 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro —12,563

13,000

August 24, 2018 London England The O2 Arena —89,675

89.897

August 25, 2018
August 26, 2018
August 28, 2018 Paris France AccorHotels Arena —17,000

17,543

August 29, 2018
August 31, 2018 Birmingham England Genting Arena —13,000

13,000

September 1, 2018 Blackpool Blackpool Tower Headland —21,324

22,000

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The concert of August 4, 2018 at Preston Park in Brighton is a part of Brighton Pride.
  2. ^ The concert of August 8, 2018 at Skanderborg Dyrehave in Skanderborg is a part of Smukfest.

ReferencesEdit

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  36. ^ Sources for boxscore:
  37. ^ Sources for tour dates in Europe:
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