It’s low salesney, bitch. Reports surfaced today that Britney Spears‘ upcoming Vegas show at Planet Hollywood, the details of which were announced in a credulity-straining early morning announcement and interview in the middle of the desert last week, isn’t faring so well.
RadarOnline says that out of the first 16 dates from December 27 through February 22, only three have sold out, which is a disappointment to producers. “After spending hundreds of thousands on promo, they expected to instantly sell out all of the first 16 shows, but they didn’t come close!” The source also reportedly says, “Many are considering this a disaster,” which is, well, let’s take this with a grain of salt, guys. The Indian Ocean tsunami was a disaster. The earthquake in Haiti was a disaster. The underperformance of Britney Spears’ shows in Vegas isn’t going to cause any deaths or starvation, except beyond the obvious casualties (Alli Sims was already toast, anyway). Hannah Spears will still have food in her bowl at the end of the day. Take a deep breath.
Anyway, this very reasonable, tempered, moderate-sounding source goes on to explain that there’s still hope, but only if things turn around to the standards of the highers-up: “So all of this put together really isn’t looking well for Britney,” the source says. “Ticket sales need to start skyrocketing or else there’s going to be a lot of disappointed investors and people involved with the show.”
My personal suspicion? A big, splashy album would do a lot to buoy public interest in Spears. If “Work Bitch” isn’t doing it, might be time to trot out some of that other, non Will.i.am-driven muscle. Is Dr. Luke home?