Britney Spears got another residency, could be top paid entertainer in Vegas history (update)

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Update by Celebitchy: I added some photos of Britney announcing her residency! (Above and below in the black turtleneck tube dress. It’s by Death By Dolls!)


If you were curious as to which star is returning to Las Vegas for a new residency, I have three words for you: it’s Britney, bitch.

In news that really isn’t very surprising, as reports have been floating around since April, the 36-year-old singer is returning to Sin City for a new residency at the Park Theater. This has also been the Vegas home to artists CHER, Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin and is where Lady Gaga has an upcoming extended run.

To help generate excitement for the new show, Britney was on Ellen last Friday. When Ellen asked why she was there, Brit replied, “I have a huge announcement to make. My announcement is that I have an announcement.” Ellen followed up with, “What is the announcement of the announcement?” to which Britney replied with a smile, “I can’t announce it until October 18.”

The announcement was made yesterday during a press event commemorating Spirit Day, part of GLAAD’s ongoing anti-LGBTQ bullying initiative. It took place at Toshiba Plaza at the front of T-Mobile Arena and was broadcast live on Ellen’s YouTube channel.

The new show’s anticipated 2019 opening coincides with the 20th anniversary of Britney’s debut album …Baby One More Time.

This residency also comes with a hefty paycheck for Brit. Her previous residency, Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood, grossed more than $137 million during its four-year run. With the Park Theater deal, it’s rumored that she will be earning an estimated $507,000 per show, making her the highest-paid entertainer in Vegas history, surpassing Mariah Carey, Elton John and Celine Dion. Hopefully she can use some of that money to get some decent-looking costumes.

Some fans might think Britney is selling out by performing in Vegas, but I say make that money, honey. She’s done her time on the road with the Piece of Me Tour, so she deserves the chance to stay in one place for a while. Besides, while she might not be the most talented singer, her heart is in the right place. As an LBGTQ ally myself, I wish her all the best.

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  1. chrissyms says:

    That is amazing. Half a million per SHOW!!! OMG!!! And not even a great show!! I love Brit as much as the next mid 30′s gal, but that is SO MUCH MONEY. Britney is not the best dancer, she is barely a singer, and she dresses a hot mess but she is still beloved. She has that true “star” quality. Also great management. Good your you Britney!! That is just a huge amount of $$. Also, yes please, new costumes, that are 2 sizes bigger. And a new weave!!

  2. Clare says:

    People can stop with the ‘selling out’ nonsense.

    This is what is best for Britney – given her mental health issues I imagine some semblance of stability is good for her (and her kids!).

    Get your $$ girl.

    • Becks1 says:

      I remember Celine Dion saying something when she started her residency there- basically like “I can make a lot of money, perform every night, and my kids go to sleep in the same bed every night and I kiss them goodnight.” It seems like a really good deal overall if you are an entertainer with small-ish kids.

    • Esmom says:

      No kidding. I’m happy for her, seems like a super great deal for her.

    • Eleonor says:

      Selling out?
      I think if she continues to get gigs with these paycheck there must be people, a lot of, going to her shows, we never heard she flopped. She is succesfull.

    • jessamine says:

      Agree that “selling out” is a ridiculous thing to lob at Britney. She’s always been uber-produced and uber-managed — it’s not like she came up through the indie arthouse scene. If her family is going to continue to use her as a cash register at least her dad found a way to give her structure and stability while doing so.

  3. Snowflake says:

    Go Brit Brit. I’m glad she’s making all that money cause i like her. But at the same time, she’s taking the spot a more talented person could have gotten. I feel like Christina Aguilera has so much more talent and got screwed.

    • dietcokehead says:

      I seem to remember Christina never engaging her fans the way Britney did, and she had a major attitude problem for years.

    • Gaby says:

      Britney was never the most talented singer, but she was an amazing performer, her shows were over the top, her dancing was on point and she was really entertaining. Plus she is a general sweetheart, seemingly friendly and nice.

      Also you can find videos on Youtube of her baby one more time era, and her singing wasn’t like it became after, she had a nice, raspy voice and could carry a tune, but apparently it was too mature for the songs they gave her, and she had vocal training to practice the baby voice, and I guess her cords are totally fried now.

      Love Christina’s voice, I think she is amazingly talented but she always oversings everything and since her beginning, she came out so arrogant.

  4. Tania says:

    Britney and I share a birthday so I’ll always have a soft spot for her.

    I never did see her show in Vegas so I’m glad I get another chance!

  5. Izzy says:

    Hopefully her lawyers were smart enough to lockdown the last agreement with her ex so he can’t come back for more. I understand the need for some parity between lifestyles, but she is basically also funding his other kids’ lives, and she shouldn’t have to do so. He got a generous settlement this time around, hopefully he’s smart enough to leave it alone.

    • bma says:

      generally (at least in my state) the payee can’t come back that quickly for an increase. it’s usually 3-5 years between increases barring some strange event. given how much he’s getting, i doubt the court would entertain another increase so soon after this last one. especially since K-Fed just agreed that this most recent increase was enough for parity— asking for another increase just makes it obvious HE wants more money.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Indeed and in that time one of the kids will have turned 18 so his payments will be reduced.

    • Molly says:

      Nope. Not how parity works. I suspect the latest increase was BECAUSE of this new show (it had to have been in the works for quite some time), so that raise will reflect her upcoming income.
      If she makes more, she has to give him more. That’s how it works.

      • Izzy says:

        Parity is not intended to make it seem as though parents earn the same amount. It is intended to allow the kids to live in relatively similar lifestyles in both parents homes. There is NO reason for KFed to try to sponge more now when he already got more than he was asking for in this last round. If he can’t keep his kids in a comfortable lifestyle with that amount of money, then he shouldn’t be allowed to handle that money.

  6. OriginalLala says:

    Not snark but I am honestly and genuinely impressed that she has had such a long and successful career with such mediocre talent. Someone is doing something right!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Brit may not have the best singing voice but she could dance and had that ‘it’ factor that many entertainers lack.

      • Pandy says:

        Is it “IT factor” or just skimpy costumes and sexual innuendo in videos?

      • OriginalLala says:

        There are many many much more talented dancers with charisma who never reach this level of fame because they are dancers, not manufactured pop stars. I like Brit personally and empathize with her struggles, but let’s not make it out like she is most talented of all performers. She isn’t. She got lucky young and has managed to parlay that luck into a really long career, which is impressive!

    • Yes Doubtful says:

      I agree, she’s not even a great dancer either. She does have a load of hit songs though.

  7. Char says:

    We want new good music, Britney!

  8. Becks1 says:

    I want to go see this!

    frankly I don’t know why more stars don’t do Vegas residencies lol. Sure its not a “tour” and I know some love that, and tours are still important for the fans who cant make it to Vegas, but in general – you stay in one place, make a ton of money, the fans come to you, and I’m sure its a lot less exhausting. I figure in 10 years Taylor Swift will be there ha.

    • Esmom says:

      I was thinking the same thing, it seems like a great gig.

      My mom and sister saw Wayne Newton in Vegas years ago and my mom was so pissed because the tickets cost a ton of money and she said his voices was so absolutely trashed that he couldn’t make it through most every song. When she got home she write an outraged letter demanding a refund, lol. She never got one.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Can’t believe she’s 36. Damn I’m oooooollllllllldddddd.

  10. Veronica S. says:

    Her last record sold mediocre numbers at best, so Vegas is where the money is for her. Her time in the pop culture prime has passed, which…honestly, that’s probably a good thing for her. That constant scrutiny is likely what helped put her over the edge. I just hope this provides stability instead of exhaustion for her.

    Though I do wonder how long it’ll take that worm of an ex-husband to come out of his hole asking for even more money now.

  11. Bettyrose says:

    I’m really into Britney Spears early work, before she sold out. – Dawn Summers

  12. Molly says:

    This Vegas residency life seems to really suit her. She gets to knock around her mansion, work out, lounge by the pool, snuggle the boyfriend, and go to work in the evening at the same place each day. Plus, her sons are only a short plane ride away. I hope she enjoys it.

  13. SJhere says:

    With all her $$, her stylists need to help her look better.
    She is in fantastic shape but her hair has been awful for years.
    They should give her much better stage outfits too, man they are not doing their job.
    Recall how hot Tina Turner always looked and she had the voice to bring it. Tina always looked fab on stage. Why not Brit?
    Btw, nuts to you Federline! Always and forever you mooching tool.

    • Natalia says:

      I adore Britney. Agree she needs a new stylist. In one of the photos above I thought she was Pamela Anderson who is much older. Her face looked really rough. The other photos are really cute though.

      I have her figure except my calves are not that big and I really wish they were. I know you can exercise to make your calves bigger but it’s hard work and takes a long time. I think hers might be natural.

  14. Meg says:

    why is working in vegas selling out? she obviously fills the seats so fans flock to see her. why is that selling out? so she can sleep in the same bed every night-i would think most entertainers would love that option. stability for her sons-it all sounds good. but I wonder if that was why brit’s dad wrapped up child support with kfed prior to this announcement? to downplay how big her pay bump would be to pay less child support? that is a huge huge pay day for brit. good for her. I was worried about 10 years ago but nice to see her still doing what she loves-performing. her dad seems from the outside anyway to be taking good care of her in terms of the conservatorship. some parents would be controlling and mean but he seems to give her space to have a certain amount of freedom and fun

    • Molly says:

      Exactly. “Whhhhhy does K-Fed want more money??” Because she’s about to get a gig that pays a half million PER SHOW, that’s why.

    • Natalia says:

      @Meg
      Yes it’s wonderful to see her so stable and happy after all that krap so many years ago.

  15. Lala11_7 says:

    THIS…is why Vegas was built…to bring the Stars to the desert so folks can come to them…and do all the other wicked, wonderful things that Vegas is known for…I LOVE RESIDENCIES!!!

    And I STILL say….that Michael Jackson would probably be alive…if years ago…he had done a PERMANENT Vegas residency …where he could have stayed in one place…put down some roots…raised them kids…and been able to perform…on a schedule that was conducive to him…in a theater built specifically for him…to his standards….because THAT’S what kept him going…performing…

    Sigh….

  16. paddingtonjr says:

    To quote Metallica: “Yes, we sell out. Every night!” Congratulations to Britney on her new residency. It seems to be a great situation for her, giving her stability and a routine as well as a sense of “normal hours.” Also, Britney has always seemed to have a great relationship with her fans and I think the residency venue allows for a more intimate experience and chances for more interaction. Britney may not be the greatest dancer or singer, but she is a great performer and her fans tend to be very loyal.

  17. ms says:

    I would never fault anyone in any industry for saying she would rather settle in one place instead of living out of a suitcase, especially someone who has a mental health difference. I honestly can’t even get into a headspace where people would be judgmental about that and call it selling out. That’s smart.

  18. trh says:

    That’s great!

  19. Sam says:

    She works very hard, and she has many mouths to feed. She is sole breadwinner for the spear family. She has support her ex, lawyers, family there are many people coming for this woman’s money.