Larry Rudoph has talked to Pollstar about Domination and his work with Britney, saying: “She walked into my office with her family when she was 13 years old. They played me some VHS tapes, which shows how long ago it was, of her on the new ‘Mickey Mouse Club’. I didn’t know really anything about it – I’m not talking about Annette Funicello. I thought she had a lot of talent and showed a lot of promise, but she was 13 years old. And if you go back and look at the charts from 1995, you’ll see they were dominated at the time by urban pop. There weren’t any young white females on the pop charts. That had kind of ended a few years earlier with Tiffany.
“We put out the ‘…Baby One More Time’ single in September or October of 1998, and then the album in January of 1999, and both were enormously successful. We were like, if we take Britney to the malls, which is where America lives, and they see her, they’ll connect with her. I remember going to one of these shows at Macy’s Herald Square in New York. We were performing in the middle of the Calvin Klein section and there were underwear racks around us. People were just shopping and not realising that 10 feet away from them was Britney Spears, who was about to become the biggest star in the world. All of a sudden she went from unknown to everybody knowing her. I saw the change day-to-day but it was almost overnight. You would see it go from 5 percent of the house knowing her, to 15 percent, then one in five, to 50 percent, to 75 percent, to 100 percent. By the end of that little tour, in which she only did three or four songs with no production whatsoever, the album opened at #1 and she was a big star on her own. Then we planned for her actual first headlining tour. Full story “Larry Rudolph talks about Domination”→
Britney announced her new Las Vegas residency last night, to open in February 2019. Britney: Domination will be performed at the Park Theater located in the Park MGM hotel, with rumours abounding she will become the highest paid female artist in Vegas history earning her $500,000 USD per show. The theatre is currently home to Cher and Aerosmith and is the same venue where Lady Gaga will launch her Enigma and Jazz & Piano residency shows in 2019. Book tickets on Ticketmaster here!
The first run of dates are as follows:
February 2019 | 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 27
March 2019 | 1 & 2
May 2019 | 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 26
July 2019 | 24, 26, 27, 31
August 2019 | 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17
Britney is expected to make her new Las Vegas residency announcement on Tuesday, live-streamed on Ellen’s YouTube channel, during her surprise appearance to announce her announcement.
Britney is set to appear on the Las Vegas Strip at Toshiba Plaza at the front of T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night. Her arrival is scheduled for 7pm, announcing her residency at announce an upcoming residency at The Park Theater at Park MGM, next door to Toshiba Plaza and T-Mobile Arena.
For months, rumours have suggested that The Park Theater will house her next Vegas residency, following Piece Of Me at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood (previously The Axis) closing on New Year’s Eve after a four-year run.
Larry Rudolph would not confirm yet, saying: “We can’t specify exactly what it is just yet. But I can say she is very excited and can’t wait to share this news with the world on Thursday!”
The residency is expected to start in February 2019.
Following the Urban Outfitters USA exclusive pink vinyl release last year, and this year’s Urban Outfitters USA exclusive clear vinyl (with sparkly flowers on the sleeve, Sony Legacy are releasing a “…Baby One More Time” picture disc 12″ vinyl worldwide on 23rd November 2018, celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary.
The picture disc vinyl is also available in a bundle from Epic Rights who will launch a “…Baby One More Time” themed web store, featuring a variety of limited edition merchandise including t-shirts and accessories.