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Tyler
post May 26 2018, 07:45 AM
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Can we appreciate what is easily one of the most extravagant tours of the 2000ís

Your favorite number? Favorite outfit? Favorite interlude?

Fans definitely took her for granted here. Not as much choreography but this was the last time we would see her move so fluidly and effortlessly in touch with her body, until literally a couple months ago.

The Circus Starring Britney Spears was the seventh concert tour by American singer Britney Spears. It was launched in support of her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). Rumors of a tour arose as early as October 2007, after Spears released her fifth studio album Blackout; however, it was cancelled due to unknown reasons. The tour was officially announced in December 2008, with dates for American and British venues revealed. The stage was composed of three rings and set in-the-round to resemble an actual circus. Fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten created the costumes. A giant cylinder screen was set above the stage to showcase videos and backdrops. Effects were provided by Solotech. Magician Ed Alonzo joined Spears during the second act. The setlist was composed generally from her albums In the Zone, Blackout and Circus. Spears announced she would tour Australia for the first time in June 2009.


Start date -March 3, 2009
End date -November 29, 2009
Legs -4
No. of shows
-14 in Oceania
-22 in Europe
-61 in North America
-97 total
Attendance -1.5 million
Box office -US $131.8 million ($150.34 in 2017 dollars)

The Circus Starring Britney Spears was described as a "pop extravaganza". It was divided into five segments. The Circus featured a metamorphosis of Spears from as a ringmaster to a slave, while being surrounded by different performers. House of Fun (Anything Goes) displayed a series of upbeat numbers with different themes, including magic and military. It ended with a Bollywood-inspired performance and a ballad in which Spears performed while floating on a giant umbrella. Freakshow/Peepshow featured a video interlude set to heavy metal music, and continued with dark and sexual performances. Electro Circ displayed energetic dance routines, and the encore consisted of a video montage of Spears's music videos and a police-themed performance. Some changes were made to the show throughout the tour. Several songs were remixed; Spears also performed "Mannequin" in selected European shows and covers of Duffy and Alanis Morissette songs on some North American dates.

The Circus Starring Britney Spears generated positive to mixed reception from critics. While some praised its aesthetics and deemed it as an entertaining show, others criticized Spears' lack of involvement during some segments. The tour was a commercial success, with a total gross of $131.8 million. This made The Circus Starring Britney Spears one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade. A great number of tickets were sold within a week of the tour's announcement, which prompted supporters to add more dates. The tour also broke attendance records in many cities and all the North American shows were sold out. It became the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009.




























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ALL EYES ON ME - BRITNEY SHATTERS RECORDS WORLDWIDE
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A week after The Circus Britney Spears was announced, 400,000 tickets were purchased for the North American shows, which prompted promoters to add seven more dates in Los Angeles, Toronto, New Jersey, Chicago, Long Island, Anaheim and Montreal. Due to demand in the UK, six more shows were added to the initial two, selling more than 100,000 tickets in a week. Spears performance at the American Airlines Arena broke the attendance record previously held by Celine Dion, with a crowd of 18,644 people. The first North American leg, which was sold out, resulted in an average of 20,498 tickets per show and a gross of $61.6 million, becoming the highest grossing tour of the first semester of 2009 in the continent. In addition, the tour grossed $13 million from the London, Manchester and Dublin shows, with a total gross of $74.6 million, ranking as the third highest grossing tour worldwide. The Copenhagen show at Parken gathered 40,000 people, Spears's largest audience since her 2002 concerts in Mexico City.

The second North American leg was also sold out, with a gross of $21.4 million and it was reported that the tour had grossed $94 million. Her first three shows in Melbourne were also sold out. The four shows at Acer Arena in Sydney sold 66,247 tickets, making Spears the highest selling act ever in the arena. The tour was ranked at number seven on Billboard's Top 25 Tours of 2009, with a previously reported gross of $94 million. However, only 70 of the 97 shows were counted. The Circus Starring Britney Spears also made Spears rank at number twenty one on the Top Touring Artists of the Decade, becoming the youngest artist in the list and also the fourth female artist, behind Madonna, Celine Dion and Cher. The tour was also ranked as the fourth highest grossing tour of the year in North America, becoming the highest grossing tour of the year by a solo artist. In February 2010, Pollstar released their Top 50 Worldwide Concert Tours of 2009. The tour ranked as the fifth highest-grossing tour, worldwide, of the year, with a gross of $131.8 million.





THE BEST INTERLUDE OF ALL TIME



The womanizer performance is so underrated. Idc. Especially once she gained some traction with herself.



THE SECOND BEST INTERLUDE



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post May 26 2018, 09:38 AM
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post May 26 2018, 01:38 PM
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Press wise this + X Factor ruined her in the UK.
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post May 26 2018, 02:20 PM
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Chart wise... yeah.

She stills sells out shows tho, so...
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post May 26 2018, 10:26 PM
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ALL THESE VIEWS AND HARDLY ANY COMMENTS IS WHY A BITCH STOPPED TRYING.


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post May 27 2018, 07:35 AM
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QUOTE(Tyler @ May 26 2018, 03:20 PM) *
Chart wise... yeah.

She stills sells out shows tho, so...



I agree. Her legacy remains fine and as we can see with how the UK deal with Chris Brown, incredibly fickle. Iíll never forgive R1 for not playlisting TTWE or IWG.
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My first (and currently only </3) Britney tour that I got to witness and experience live.

I remember being on tenterhooks with this tour as it was gonna be her biggest and most extravagent tour in 5 (?) years and coming off the back of the 'Gimme More' promo that could've killed the career of anyone else, it was such a nerve wrecking time to be a B fan!

But with each show, we saw her confidence grow and grow and her performance abilities slowly make their way back!

The best thing is though, SHE GAVE US A SHOW. We were entertained and then we got THAT 'You Oughta Know' performance... wub.gif

I remember 'Everytime' being a highlight when I was there because I wasn't expecting it for some reason. The IUSA performance is also hella fun to watch and 'Womanizer' was a MOMENT too!

Such a fun tour. heart.gif

Oh and the interludes are possibly the best I've seen at any show in life.
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