Beating Angelina Jolie and Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears has maintained her status as the world’s “Most Talked About Star,” according to “People” magazine, with them saying ‘nothing compares to Britney’s buzzworthy year – her rapid return to the spotlight after two dramatic hospitalisations also earned Britney the Best Comeback title’.
Jamie King has been named the chief director of Britney’s forthcoming 2009 tour “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” according to his representatives, the MSA agency. Jamie recently directed Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” tour, which featured a guest video appearance from Britney, Christina Aguilera’s “Back To Basics” tour, and Britney’s first world tour in 2000 (the “Oops!… I Did It Again Tour 2000”). Simon Ellis has also been named the tour’s musical director, having worked on the recent Spice Girls reunion tour as musical director and main keyboard player.
Britney has completed her second performance of “Womanizer” in Japan, performing on NTV’s “Best Artist 2008” show.
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Britney has performed “Womanizer” on “Hey, Hey, Hey! Music Champ,” a Japanese entertainment show with comedy hosts and performances.
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Britney Spears has flown to Japan, the world’s second largest music market, to promote “Circus” where she will perform “Womanizer” on a handful of shows before returning to the USA. Britney has posted messages on her official web site, saying “I love Japan! I think all the tiny cars are so cute!” and “We just visited the oldest Buddhist temple, it was so beautiful!” as well as being photographed going shopping and getting a kebab.
Britney has recorded a special message with her two sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston, wishing all of her fans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thanking them for making her album #1.
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“Circus” is officially #1 in the USA selling over 505,000 copies and going Gold in the first week. The album is also #1 in the European Top 100, whilst “Womanizer” has also soared to the top spot in the Europe sales chart. “Circus” the title track has also debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on digital sales alone, selling over 210,000 in its first week.
Britney Spears’s sixth studio album “Circus” debuts at #1 in the USA according to Hits Daily Double, with sales of over 504,000 copies – the official Billboard sales will be reported tomorrow, which can give a 4% or so change either way. It also debuts at #1 in Japan’s International Artist Chart, with sales of over 30,000 (#5 on the overall chart), #3 in France with sales of 18,000+ and #3 in Australia, where it is Gold (35,000+) already.
“Circus” has debuted at #4 in the official UK top 75 albums chart this week; whilst not quite matching the #2 debut of last year’s “Blackout,” the album has bucked the trend of decreasing album sales by selling double that of its predecessor (76,000+) in the first week. In the singles chart, Britney scores her 12th top 3 hit, as “Womanizer” climbs to #3 in its 5th week on the chart; the second single from the album, the title track, “Circus,” has also debuted in the top 40, as a new entry at #32.
The Circus Starring Britney Spears at The O2 Arena in London has been extended for the second time to now include Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2009. General tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster; there are also two special package deals, the In The Zone VIP Standing Package for £285, which includes access to a pre-show ‘Clowns Lounge’ party, parking and an item of merchandise, and the Ringside Seating Package for £640, which includes VIP parking, a private hostess, access to the pre-show party, ‘gifts and goodies’ and ringside seats next to the stage for the ‘ultimate experience’.
Britney Spears was the surprise guest at Thursday’s launch of L.A. Live! for the premiere performance of Light of the Angels at the Nokia Theater, flipping the switch and turning on the Christmas tree made of lights. Britney had her sons Jayden and Preston with her alongside her father Jamie, as she took to the stage alongside host Adam Carolla and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The music video for “Circus” has premiered a few days earlier than planned due to an illegal leak online, featuring Britney as a dynamic ringleader.
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Britney Spears opened the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York City, with a special pre-taped video message, her first appearance at the event since 1999, when she performed “Silent Night” at the ceremony.
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Britney Spears Presents The Circus live at The O2 Arena in London will now be for six dates in June 2008, beginning with Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th as previously announced, but also now on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th, with doors opening for all shows at 18:30.
Britney’s official web site presage tickets are due to go on sale at 7:30am tomorrow morning, with the O2 phone network presale commencing at 9am.
Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift recorded special birthday messages for Britney, as she was given a tiered birthday cake that took 60 hours to prepare for her 27th birthday on today’s “Good Morning America.” Britney performed two tracks from the album in the big tent erected especially for the event, and also officially confirmed her USA tour dates.
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“Circus” looks set to give Britney one of her biggest first-week sales ever in the UK, having sold over 25,000 copies in its first day of release to debut at #3 behind Take That & The Killers. This is her biggest first-day sales here since “Oops!… I Did It Again” in 2000. “Blackout” sold 37,000 in its first week to debut at #2 and has sold around 251,000 copies in total.
Britney will appear on “Ellen” this Thursday to promote “Circus” in her first appearance on the show since 2005.
“For The Record,” which aired on Sunday night in the USA on MTV, and on Sky 1 in the UK last night, scored well amongst viewers in the USA and UK, with the Sky 1 showing reaching an average of around 400,000 viewers, and a multichannel share of 4.6% among 16-34-year-olds and 5.1% among 16-34-year-old women, placing it third behind ITV1 and BBC1. The documentary was also repeated at 11:30pm and available on Sky1 Multi-Start, which was not included in the statistics.
In the USA, the show scored MTV around 3.7million viewers on its premiere airing, but also pulled in a 3.5 rating in the network’s target demo of 12-34 year olds, tripling the time period average.
Britney’s sixth album “Circus” is out now in the UK on CD, featuring the standard 13-track album, plus “Amnesia,” an exclusive UK/Japan-only bonus track, and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD (available from Zavvi and HMV stores nationwide) featuring two additional bonus tracks, “Rock Me In” and “Phonography,” and an exclusive bonus poster and DVD containing the full “Womanizer” video and a 10minute behind-the-scenes chat with Britney. You can also download the standard album for £5 in 320kbps MP3 on 7Digital.com, containing an additional bonus track entitled “Rock Boy.”
Britney’s guest appearance on “The X Factor” last night gave the late 10:15 results show an unprecedented audience share of 50%, with over 10.6million viewers tuning in, up by over 1 million.