Britney Spears Kicks Off International Tour with Lip-Sync Flub

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This weekend, Britney Spears kicked off her international summer tour with a string of performances in Tokyo. The show is largely a reiteration of her Las Vegas show Britney: Piece of Me, though it does boast a handful of new costumes and a slightly updated setlist that requires less of the large props that are utilized and stored behind her Vegas stage. In true Brit fashion, the pop icon also managed to kick off the tour with a bit of a lip-sync flub. Because it wouldn’t be a Britney Spears tour without a lip-sync scandal or two!

During a performance of her slinky fan-favorite “Slave 4 U,” Britney suffered a wardrobe malfunction when she attempted to pull off a mask while dancing around a pole. As the “Toxic” siren attempted to seductively remove the mask, it became tangled up in her microphone, which was pulled away from her mouth. Impressively, although Brit’s mic was behind her head, she still managed to deliver pitch perfect vocals while she untangled the microphone from the mask and her hair. Luckily, she managed get things back in order, and she got back into the swing of things to close out the show. After the rocky start, she appeared to be back in fighting form for the Sunday night’s performance… though she appears to have scrapped the mask for future performances.

It should come as no surprise to Britney’s fans that the pop singer lip syncs, but moments like this are unfortunate reminders to those outside of her fan base. Hopefully, the diva will manage to make it through the rest of the tour without any additional incidents. The next show will take place June 6 in Osaka, Japan, and she’ll be in South Korea by next weekend. Osaka’s show is already sold out, and fans will be treated to an evening of hits from a career that spans nearly twenty years in the industry. Japanese fans were also treated to an exclusive re-release of Glory that features a second disc with the concert’s setlist. Meanwhile, check out footage of Brit’s lip sync flub below.

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