After months of speculation, Britney Spears finally confirmed Sept. 17 that she will indeed begin headlining her own show in Las Vegas this winter. The residency, which will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, is titled “Britney: Piece of Me,” and is initially slated for a two-year run. With the deal, Spears will perform 50 shows each year, with the debut performance set for Dec. 27.
The residency will mark the first series of live performances for Spears since she embarked on her massive 79-show Femme Fatale Tour in 2011. While the elaborate production is sure to feature all of the many hits throughout the pop icon’s career—she first topped the charts in 1998 with “…Baby One More Time,” and added her most recent No. 1 single two years ago with 2011’s “Womanizer”—the GRAMMY winner also plans to incorporate her new material. Development is underway for her forthcoming studio album—the eighth of Spears’ illustrious career and first since 2011’s Femme Fatale—scheduled to drop on Dec. 3.
The 31-year old Spears will be one of the youngest stars to have booked a Vegas residency, as several other giants of the music industry have become a part of the lucrative trend. Celine Dion is perhaps the most well-known artist with a permanent Vegas stint currently underway, as her “Celine” show—the second residency of her career—is currently in the midst of a wildly popular run at Caesars Palace that is scheduled to last into 2019. Like Spears, Dion has an upcoming album to promote, as her “Loved Me Back to Life” is expected to be released in November.
Country music star Shania Twain has also found a home at Caesars Palace, where she began a residency in Dec. 2012. The jam-packed 90-minute show, officially titled “Shania: Still the One,” is set to resume after a four-month hiatus on Oct. 15, when it will begin its final 22 performances of the 2013 calendar before the conclusion on Dec. 14. Twain’s two-year residency is set to run through Dec. 2014, and the GRAMMY-winning singer has stated that her plans for next year also include working on her first album since 2002’s megahit, “Up!”