List of Britney Spears concert tours

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Image of a blond woman. She wears a red circus ringleader jacket with feathers, shorts and stockings. She holds a whip around her neck. In the woman's left, there's a man dressed in S&M bondage clothing.
Spears performing on the Circus Tour. It later became the fifth highest grossing tour ever, by a female artist.

American recording artist Britney Spears has embarked on six headlining concert tours, five of which have been worldwide. Her first tour happened as an opening act for 'N Sync.[1] Spears' 1999–2000 headlining debut, the ...Baby One More Time Tour, was based in North America only, and its success prompted an extension of dates entitled Crazy 2K.[2] The tour was positively received by critics, but generated some controversy due to her racy outfits.[1] Jae-Ha Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times commented that "Spears has that 'it' factor that worked for pinup queens of the past".[3] In 2000–01, she performed on the worldwide Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour. It was critically appreciated for Spears' energy and performance, as well as the band.[4] She then followed this with the Dream Within a Dream Tour in 2001–02, visiting Japan and Mexico for the first time. The performances were accompanied by many special effects, the pièce de résistance being a water screen that pumped two tons of water into the stage during the encore performance of "...Baby One More Time". Other moments included singing "Oops!... I Did It Again" in one of the shows in Miami Britney stopped the show (3 songs in her tour) because it was too dangerous to perform in the rain storm. The Onyx Hotel Tour (2004) was her come back tour after 2 years break from music after her split with Justin Timberlake Spears was inspired to create a show set in different areas of a hotel, and mixed it with the concept of an onyx stone, that symbolized untapped desire.[5][6] The tour was cancelled after Spears hurt her knee while shooting the music video for "Outrageous".[7] The Onyx Hotel Tour grossed $34 million, in addition to $30 million of merchandise, making Spears the highest grossing merchandise female artist.[8][9] She did not tour again until The Circus Starring Britney Spears. All the North American shows were sold out, and it broke attendance records in some cities.[10][11] It went on to become the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009, as well as the fifth highest grossing tour ever by a female artist, with approximately US $131.8 million in ticket sales.[12] As of September 2009, Spears has performed concerts for over ten million people.[13] Spears has also embarked in two promotional tours: the L'Oreal Hair Zone Tour (1998) and a 6 date club tour The M+M's Tour (2007).

On December 27, 2013, Spears began a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The show, titled "Britney: Piece of Me", will consist of 100 shows taking place during alternating weekends. More dates may be added to the show in the coming future.

Concert tours[edit]

Year Title Duration Shows
1999–2000 ...Baby One More Time Tour ($35,000,000) June 28, 1999 – April 20, 2000 (North America) 80
The ...Baby One More Time Tour was Spears' debut headlining concert tour, and promoted her similarly titled first album. Spears designed the stage and worked on the fashion with Gia Ventola.[14] During the 1999 concerts, Spears sang a number of cover versions by well-known artists such as Madonna, Janet Jackson and Journey.[15] A 2000 extension of 24 dates, entitled Crazy 2K, included songs from her upcoming second album, Oops!... I Did It Again.[2] The tour received mostly positive reviews from critics, who called Spears's performance "assured and energetic".[16] She also received accusations of lip synching, which she neither confirmed or denied. The tour had a total gross of $35 million combined with (You Drive Me) Crazy Tour.[2]
2000–01 Oops!... I Did It Again Tour ($52,143,517) June 20, 2000 – September 20, 2000 (North America)
October 8, 2000 – November 21, 2000 (Europe)
January 18, 2001 (Brazil)
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The Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour was Spears' first world tour, reaching North America, Europe and Brazil. The show was more elaborate than her previous tour and included pyrotechnics and other special effects.[17] Reviewers praised the tour, adding that "[the concert] proved that many [of her] criticisms are off-base observations from people who have never actually attended [her] shows".[4] Concert promoters SFX Entertainment guaranteed Spears a minimum of $200,000 per show before the tour began, and many of the shows sold out in one day.[18][19] The Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour grossed $52,143,517 with 1,452,014 million in attendance and became the second highest-grossing tour of the year by a solo artist.[20][21]
2001–02 Dream Within a Dream Tour ($58,248,253) November 1, 2001 – December 21, 2001 (North America)
April 25, 2002 (Japan)
May 24, 2002 – July 28, 2002 (North America)
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The Dream Within a Dream Tour was the third concert tour by Spears, in support of her third studio album, Britney. Concert West was chosen as a promoter after a much publicized battle with Clear Channel Entertainment.[22] A portion of the tickets and merchandise was donated to the children affected by the September 11 attacks.[23] The name of the tour was based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem of the same name.,[24] and the theme was Spears's coming of age and newfound independence.[25] The performances were accompanied by many extravagant special effects – during the encore, there was a water screen that pumped two tons of water into the stage.[26] Although critics argued that the innovations took attention away from the music, the tour was a commercial success, grossing $58,248,253 with 1,018,925 million in attendance.[27][28]
2004 The Onyx Hotel Tour ($35,269,850) March 2, 2004 – April 14, 2004 (North America)
April 26, 2004 – June 6, 2004 (Europe)
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The Onyx Hotel Tour was the fourth concert tour by Spears, in support of her fourth studio album, In the Zone. The show was majorly inspired by Broadway musicals and films by Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton.[6][29] Critics appreciated the tour as a "theatrical extravaganza", comparing it to Madonna shows such as The Girlie Show World Tour.[30] The tour was marketed to a more mature audience than her previous shows, resulting in slower ticket sales.[19] Tour merchandise sold $30 million in total, making Spears the highest grossing female artist.[9] It was cancelled after the second leg when Spears hurt her knee during a music video shoot.[7] The Onyx Hotel Tour grossed $35,269,850 .[8]
2009 The Circus Starring Britney Spears ($135,001,619) March 3, 2009 – May 5, 2009 (North America)
June 3, 2009 – July 26, 2009 (Europe)
August 20, 2009 – September 27, 2009 (North America)
November 6, 2009 – November 29, 2009 (Australia)
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The Circus Starring Britney Spears was the sixth concert tour by Spears, in support of her sixth studio album, Circus. The stage was set in-the-round to resemble an actual three ring circus.[31] A week after the tour was announced, 500,000 tickets were sold, prompting promoters to add more dates.[32] The tour also broke attendance records in many cities, and all the North American shows were sold out.[10][11][33] With a gross of $135,001,619, it became the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009, and the sixth highest grossing tour ever by a female artist.[12] The show generated controversy on the Australian leg after a reporter said that a great number of fans had walked out during the performances. However, this was later denied by Spears's management and promoters.[34]
2011 Femme Fatale Tour ($68,700,000) June 16, 2011 – August 25, 2011 (North America)
September 22, 2011 – November 9, 2011 (Europe)
November 11, 2011 (Asia)
November 15, 2011 – November 28, 2011 (South America)
December 1, 2011–December 10, 2011 (Central America)
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The Femme Fatale Tour is the seventh concert tour by Spears, in support of her seventh studio album Femme Fatale. The tour was number 19 on Billboard's Top 25 Tours of 2011. The magazine counted for 39 of the tour's dates (14 of which were sold out) with an overall gross of $37.1 million and 396,000 tickets sold. In the North America, the tour was the fourteenth highest-grossing tour 2011, with $38.3 million in ticket sales and 423,017 people attending at an average of 9,196 per show. Worldwide, the Femme Fatale Tour was the eleventh highest-grossing tour of 2011, with a gross of $68.7 million. 697,957 fans attended the shows worldwide, with an average attendance of 8,724, paying an average of $98.43.

Residency shows[edit]

Year Title Duration Shows
2013–15 Britney: Piece of Me December 27, 2013 – 2015 (North America) 100
Britney: Piece of Me is the first residency by Spears. The show will run 2 years and take place in a fully reconstructed theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Promotional tours[edit]

Year Title Duration Shows
1998 L'Oreal Hair Zone Tour June 1998 – August 1998 (North America) Unknown
After Spears finished recording her first album in Sweden, she embarked a promotional tour in malls across the United States; the same method was used to promote 1980s female popstars such as Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Spears performed a four-song set and was supported by two back-up dancers. She also met fans and magazine editors in the way, promoting a four-track demo from her upcoming album. The tour was deemed a success.[1]
1998 'N Sync in Concert November 17, 1998 – January 17, 1999 (North America) 40
Spears' performed as the opening act for fellow Jive pop group, 'N Sync. Spears opened for them in 40 U.S. cities, such as Atlanta, Cleveland, St. Louis and Minneapolis.[35][36] Although Spears contrasted with the female audience chanting for their male idols, she won the crowds with her frenetic dance routines and high-energy songs.[1]

Notes[edit]

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  22. ^ Waddell, Ray (2001-09-01). "Concerts West Lands Spears Trek". Billboard (Nielsen Company). Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  23. ^ Reporter, The Herald Journal (2001-09-20). "Singer to aid children of firefighters, police". The Herald Journal (Pioneer Newspapers). Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  24. ^ Zweifel, Von Philippe (2009-01-14). "Edgar Allan Poe". Tages-Anzeiger (Tamedia). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  25. ^ Hiatt, Brian; Wiederhorn, Jon (2001-09-10). "Britney Will Explain 'What It's Like To Be Me' On Fall Tour". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
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  27. ^ Nager, Larry (2001-11-12). "Lip-synching Britney wows teens with wizardry". The National Enquirer (American Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  28. ^ Billboard, Reporter (2002). "McCartney Notches Year's Highest-Grossing Tour". Billboard (Nielsen Company). Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  29. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (2004-02-26). "Britney Spears Releasing Diddy-Produced Song On DVD". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  30. ^ Reporter, KC (2004-08-01). "Britney Spears ‘The Onyx Hotel Tour’". MTV (UK & Ireland). MTV Networks Europe. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  31. ^ Leach, Robin (2009-04-27). "The multimillion-dollar Britney Spears Circus Tour". Las Vegas Deluxe (The Greenspun Corporation). Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
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  35. ^ Staff, MTV (1998-10-29). "News - Articles - 1432561 - 19981029". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  36. ^ Reporter, Billboard (1998-10-24). "Jive's Britney Spears Sets Top 40 Abuzz With Rhythm-Leaning 'Baby One More Time'". Billboard (Nielsen Company). ISSN 0035-791X. 

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