Madonna Hoping That The Wondertwin Power Of Britney And Justin Will Help Her Sell Out Dodger Stadium

Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour hits Dodger Stadium tonight, but despite earlier claims that the show would fill up every seat in Chavez Ravine by the time the concert rolled around, there are still tickets available as of this moment. (And it’s not just the cheap seats–a Ticketmaster spot-check revealed that $165 seats were, in fact, very much for sale.) So in a last-ditch effort to get butts into chairs, Madonna will announce this morning that both Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake will appear at her show, in some effort to I guess complete the circle of life that she started when she made out onstage with Brit Brit at the 2003 Video Music Awards.

“They are going to be onstage performing with Madonna,” Seacrest said on KIIS-FM host DJ BoyToy Jesse’s Wednesday-afternoon show.

Of course, while Timberlake and Spears have both collaborated with Madge individually, the exes haven’t been spending much quality time together in recent years.

“If Justin and Britney end up on that stage with her…I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything quite like that before,” Seacrest said. (And he’s seen a lot—remember Celine Dion performing with hologram Elvis on American Idol?)

Do I! Anyway, I guess the time is right for me to confess that I’ve done–well, not a 180, but maybe a 125 on “4 Minutes,” the only song off Hard Candy that made any sort of impact beyond being piped into the Muzak at Kohl’s. I’m pretty sure it’s the song’s very close melodic relationship with the theme to The Price Is Right that did it for me:

I can still do without Timbaland’s “wikka wikka”-ing, though.

Madonna Orchestrates a Britney-Justin Reunion [E!]
Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes [YouTube]

  • Chris Molanphy

    I put “4 Minutes” on my annual Summer mix, and when I played it for a coworker she pointed out that she could see teens being into it — quite apart from Madge’s age — because the Timbaland hook sounded like a basketball pregame, pump-the-crowd-up jam. I think there’s something to that, and it might explain why that track kept on selling at the teen-friendly iTunes for months after it peaked.

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    @Chris Molanphy: Secret Timbland influence: 2Unlimited?

  • Al Shipley

    “4 Minutes” is still kind of terrible, in my opinion. Just not nearly as bad as the follow-up with Pharrell.

  • CapnCalamity

    Everything about Hard Candy is embarrassingly awful. I had zero interest in seeing this tour.

    Then this announcement came, and I bought 3 tickets.

  • Anonymous

    Maura, did you mention that the show has sold 40,000 tickets as of last week? Your making her tour out to be some sort of failure, even though it has grossed more than 200 million dollars so far. Also, I have some news for you: DODGER’S STADIUM IS A STADIUM! It seats around 45,000 people for a concert. That’s three times the size of an arena. So lets say she only sells 40,000 seats. That is still a great success. You are so biased. Did you criticize Bruce Springsteen when he failed to sell out his stadium shows?