Oops! Apparently, no one is rushing to the box office in Las Vegas for a piece of Britney Spears.
She’s been struggling to sell tickets to her “Piece of Me” shows since she started her residency at Planet Hollywood in 2013, and plenty of seats are regularly available, Page Six reports.
Spears’ sagging box office may have to do with that fact that Vegas powerhouse Céline Dion made a triumphant comeback to the Strip in August.
“It’s a Vegas war now that Céline is back, and Britney is losing in a major way. Céline has sold out almost every show,” a source told the New York Post.
Others offer a different explanation. “Britney got off to a really good start, but her fans aren’t particularly Vegas people,” said one source. “It’s hard to keep people interested in an act like Britney Spears since she’s a 1990s, 2000s pop star. That fan base doesn’t really come to Vegas to see shows.” These days, “They’re there for the EDM scene and DJs.”
Another insider told Page Six, “[Spears’ ticket sales] have nothing to do with Céline. Acts like Céline and Elton John have had adult fans for many years and they go to Vegas to see them regularly. Britney’s fans are young adults who grew up with her as little girls.”
Spears, who reportedly earns $475,000 per show, is also up against Mariah Carey and Shania Twain, who have residencies in Sin City as well.
A representative of the show told Page Six: “Caesars Entertainment and [Spears] have a great relationship … so much so that they recently signed a two-year extension based on the tremendous desire from audiences to see the show from around the world.”
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