The Circus Starring Britney Spears
|Tour by Britney Spears|
|Start date||March 3, 2009|
|End date||November 27, 2009|
|No. of shows||
|Box office||$131.8 million ($145.62 in 2016 dollars)|
|Britney Spears concert chronology|
The Circus Starring Britney Spears, commonly referred to as the Circus Tour, was the seventh concert tour by American singer Britney Spears. It was launched in support of her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). Rumors of a tour arose as early as October 2007, after Spears released her fifth studio album Blackout; however, it was cancelled due to unknown reasons. The tour was officially announced in December 2008, with dates for American and British venues revealed. The stage was composed of three rings and set in-the-round to resemble an actual circus. Fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten created the costumes. A giant cylinder screen was set above the stage to showcase videos and backdrops. Effects were provided by Solotech. Magician Ed Alonzo joined Spears during the second act. The setlist was composed generally from her albums In the Zone, Blackout and Circus. Spears announced she would tour Australia for the first time in June 2009.
The Circus Starring Britney Spears was described as a "pop extravaganza". It was divided into five segments. The Circus featured a metamorphosis of Spears from as a ringmaster to a slave, while being surrounded by different performers. House of Fun (Anything Goes) displayed a series of upbeat numbers with different themes, including magic and military. It ended with a Bollywood-inspired performance and a ballad in which Spears performed while floating on a giant umbrella. Freakshow/Peepshow featured a video interlude set to heavy metal music, and continued with dark and sexual performances. Electro Circ displayed energetic dance routines, and the encore consisted of a video montage of Spears's music videos and a police-themed performance. Some changes were made to the show throughout the tour. Several songs were remixed; Spears also performed "Mannequin" in selected European shows and covers of Duffy and Alanis Morissette songs on some North American dates.
The Circus Starring Britney Spears generated positive to mixed reception from critics. While some praised its aesthetics and deemed it as an entertaining show, others criticized Spears' lack of involvement during some segments. The tour was a commercial success, with a total gross of $131.8 million. A great number of tickets were sold within a week of the tour's announcement, which prompted supporters to add more dates. The tour also broke attendance records in many cities and all the North American shows were sold out. It became the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009, and the sixth highest grossing tour ever by a female artist. The show generated controversy on the Australian leg after a reporter said that a great number of fans had walked out during the performances.
On September 9, 2007, Spears performed "Gimme More", the lead single from her fifth studio album Blackout (2007) at the MTV Video Music Awards. Her last live performance had been during The M+M's Tour in May of the same year. Her singing, her dancing and even her wardrobe were all commented on extensively, and it was considered hurtful for her career. In October 2007, it was reported that Spears was planning to go on tour to promote the album and was holding open dance auditions, but this was later denied by Jive Records. In February 2008, similar reports surfaced that Spears had already rehearsed in private for a month at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, and would be leaving to Europe during the following weeks for a worldwide tour. However, it was finally cancelled due to unknown reasons. In September 2008, after New York City radio station Z100 premiered her single "Womanizer", Spears made a surprise appearance on the show and announced she would be going on a worldwide tour during 2009 to support her sixth studio album, Circus (2008). The concert promoter was AEG Live. Former director of the tour, Australian choreographer Wade Robson, said that the tour would visit the United States, the United Kingdom, and would also reach Australia.
After her live performances in the Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center for Good Morning America on December 2, 2008, Spears officially announced a first leg of twenty-five dates in the US and two dates in the UK, with the tour launching on March 3, 2009, in New Orleans. Big Apple Circus performers supported Spears during her performance, and ultimately went on to open for her throughout the tour. The Pussycat Dolls were also selected in October 2008 as the opening act of the first North American leg. Spears's manager Larry Rudolph claimed that the show would "blow people's minds and promises to show Britney's fans something they will never forget." He later added, "she goes full-speed the whole show – about an hour and a half. It's pretty intense. This is a full-blown, full-out Britney Spears show. It is a pop extravaganza. It is everything everybody expects from her — and more!" On April 28, 2009, eight European dates were added. The following day, four more dates were announced in Russia, Poland and Germany. On June 9, 2009, Spears announced that she would tour Australia for the first time in November. Six dates were initially announced. Spears stated, "I've wanted to tour Australia for quite some time and now it's finally happening. My Circus tour is the best show I have ever created and I can't wait to perform it for all of my Australian fans. See you guys soon!" The following day, it was announced on her official website that she would return to North America for a second leg, visiting twenty cities. The Circus Starring Britney Spears was also rumored to reach South America, however, Spears's manager Adam Leber denied this despite their efforts to do so.
In October 2008, Spears hired Wade Robson, who had previously worked as director for her Dream Within a Dream Tour, to direct the tour; he announced that rehearsals would start in January. His wife, Amanda Robson, was also hired as co-creative director. Andre Fuentes was chosen as the lead choreographer. However, on December 23, 2008, the Robsons and Fuentes were replaced due to unknown reasons by Jamie King, who previously collaborated with Spears in her Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour. He did the casting of the dancers and acrobats, and worked with Spears on the setlist and the choreography. King described the show saying it was "sexy, fun, explosive, and full of surprises. While avoiding such traditional circus elements as live animals, we've created something innovative and exciting using contortionists, dancers, lighting, fire and other special effects". Simon Ellis was hired as the musical director. The production design was done by Road Rage, a formed alliance between Nick Whitehouse, Bryan Leitch, William Baker and Steve Dixon. Lightning design was done by Visual Light, conformed by Whitehouse and Leitch. The stage was designed by Road Rage and set in-the-round, with a big stage in the center painted to look like a target. There were also two satellite stages in the sides unified by small catwalks, to resemble an actual three-ring circus. The stage was built by Tait Towers and included nine lifts, which had a cost of $10 million. It traveled in 3,000 rolling cases packed into 32 semis and a crew of 150 people was needed to set it up. There was a semi-transparent Element Labs Stealth cylinder screen above the stage, comprising 960 panels that Solotech built into custom frames. The backdrops were designed by Dirk Decooedt. There were three new film sequences shot exclusively for the tour: an opening video featuring Perez Hilton, a video of Spears set to Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This" and a final montage. The three videos were created by Veneno. Props, including swings, couches, unicycles, stripper poles, a gold cage and giant picture frames, were designed by ShowFX Inc.; they also provided custom VIP couch seating that lined the perimeter of the stage. VYV provided the video control, which included two Photon Show media servers and two Photon Controllers. The servers took timecode for the show and wrapped the images around the Stealth screen. Emric Epstein of VYV explained, "The servers and software permits us to control a large number of video layers on the 360˚ LED screen, composite the layers in realtime, and transform the final output so that everything look seamless after going through the LED controllers. There is also an astounding 3D preview of the stage and video screens in the software so you can control or re-program the show without being inside the arena bowl".
The sound was provided by Solotech. Front of house engineer Blake Suib explained that, "[Me] and Solotech were asked to come up with a design that blocked the least amount of seats but provided the quality and coverage that [Spears] expects and that we were looking for". The public address (PA) was made of 64 Milos that split into four hangs of 16 per hang. Two at the 50 yard line pointed one way and directly behind, two at the 50 yard line pointed the opposite way. Also present were 32 Micas; 16 per hang, pointing to the sides. Each one of the four hangs had its own equalization (EQ) and level control, so in case one of the speakers were louder there would be a separate EQ to compensate for any change in the tone due to the distance. All the components and tools used in the public address were designed by Meyer Sound Laboratories, including a software called Mapp, used to decide where to point the PA; the Simm, to analyze and time align the PA accurately; and the Galileo, used to EQ and balance all the sections of the PA. The speakers were self-powered with amplifiers also built by Meyer Sounds. There were 24 HP700 subwoofers positioned all over the arena floor, and the Simm and Galileo were used to time align. Spears used a Crown CM-311AE headset microphone wearing the mic's beltpack (usually hidden in color matching material) on her top or pants, she did not use in-ear monitors; instead 12 Meyer CQs were positioned, eight flown around the center ring and two on each of the smaller stages. Spears specifically asked Suib to make the show sound similar to a dance club. Solotech provided the lighting package, including a mostly Vari-Lite rig, with 80 each VL3000s and VL3500s in various positions, and 60 VL500s built into the stage deck. Whitehouse also had 18 PRG Bad Boy luminaires, 16 of which sat in pods that hung in various positions lower than the rest of the rig, with two more at either end of the stage. Each of the eight pods housed two Bad Boys, two of the VL3500s, one Robert Juliat Ivanhoe followspot with scroller under DMX control, and a Molefay. Fifty Martin Professional Atomic Color strobes and four front of house Robert Juliat Aramis followspots rounded out the lighting package. The lightning team had to rehearse for a month to prepare. The tour was also the first to use the touring version of the PRG Virtuoso V676 console to control the system, which was used from the beginning of the European leg until the end of the tour. Pyrotechnics and jets of smoke used in the show were created by Lorenzo Cornacchia of Pyrotek Special Effects and Tait Towers.
Spears explained that since she did not tour to promote Blackout, she was excited about having to include songs from that album into the setlist. The finished setlist would include three songs from Circus, six songs from Blackout and five songs from In the Zone (2003); other parts of the setlist consist of a medley of "Breathe on Me" and "Touch of My Hand", both from In the Zone; and a remix of "...Baby One More Time", the only song performed off the album of the same name (1998). "Everytime" was the only song not included in the released setlist but was performed regularly on the show. Magician Ed Alonzo joined Spears in one of the acts, and she played as his assistant. Alonzo stated, "We're going to be doing the classics of magic but a little high-tech. We'll be doing a little dissection, transposition, a vanish, an appearance — and if I do a trick, she doesn't just hold the props, she's actually getting inside the big boxes or I am slicing her up. ... Some of it's pretty scary, but she gets right in there with no reservations." The costumes were designed by Dean and Dan Caten from DSquared2. They recreated classic circus outfits, like clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists in a more provocative way. They commented that,
"We are enormous fans of Britney, and have been waiting for the perfect moment to collaborate with her. It's going to be wild. We wanted to create something much more provoking and indecent ... something animalistic and primal. We are confident that this tour partnership, an autobiographical tribute for one who has always been in the spotlight: scrutinized, watched, imitated, photographed, criticized and loved, will be an enormous success".
The costumes of the first segment were selected to show a metamorphosis. The cheetah headdress represented an animal. The jacket and whip represented both a ringmaster and a lion tamer. She took the headdress off at the end of the first song to reveal a Swarovski-crystal corset, fishnets, and boots and entered the cage to represent a slave. The wardrobe for the song "Mannequin" included black jeans from True Religion and a yellow tank top with rhinestones designed by Spears herself. Spears's outfits had a duplicate set in case of any problem and were numbered in sequence. The total number of costumes was approximately 350, kept in order by six full-time women. The wardrobe was also revealed to have $150,000 worth of Swaroski crystals.
The show was mainly divided into four acts with different themes: The Circus, House of Fun (Anything Goes), Freakshow–Peepshow, Electro Circ and ended with the encore. It began with "Welcome to the Circus", a video introduction featuring Perez Hilton as Queen Elizabeth I. In the middle of the video, the cylinder screen started to rise, while Spears appeared on the video and shot Hilton with a crossbow, causing him to fall backwards onto the floor. As the video ended, Spears descended from the ceiling on a suspended platform, wearing the headdress, a ringmaster jacket, black shorts, high-heeled boots and carrying a whip. She started with a performance of "Circus", which featured acrobats taking the stage and spun on giant rings in the air. The song ended with Spears taking off her ringleader jacket to reveal the Swaroski-crystal corset and running into the center of the main stage, as she was surrounded by jets of smoke. She entered a golden cage, where she performed "Piece of Me", dancing and attempting to escape from her dancers. A brief interlude followed, featuring a performance by acrobats twirling from suspended fabric, simulating a thunderstorm. before Spears went into "Radar" which featured her pole dancing on each of the stage's rings. The first intermezzo showcased her dancers doing a martial arts inspired dance to the LAZRtag remix of "Gimme More". In the next section, Ed Alonzo took the stage and Spears played her assistant in "Ooh Ooh Baby" entering a box and being sawed in half. After she came out, she entered another box in the middle of the stage and the performance ended with Alonzo dropping the curtains and showing that Spears had escaped from it, while the top of the box exploded in a shower of sparks. At the same time, Spears reappeared with four female dancers in one of the satellite stages, dancing to "Hot as Ice". The next song was the Co-Ed Remix of "Boys", which Spears performed wearing a military costume, while surrounded by her dancers, some of them riding bicycles. At the end of the song she performed a military drill with her male dancers before moving into "If U Seek Amy", which featured her pushing them with a giant pink mallet, in a similar way to Whac-A-Mole. After a brief interlude, she returned to continue the act with a Bollywood-inspired remix of "Me Against the Music". She briefly talked with the audience before she sat on a giant umbrella and was lifted into the air to perform "Everytime".
The show continued with a video interlude featuring Marilyn Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", showing Spears in a classically decadent party-setting, in which everyone except her was wearing masks. A distorted voice welcomed spectators to the third act and Spears appeared onstage to perform "Freakshow" and "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)". A video spoofing late-night chat lines featuring "Britney's Hotline" played, while clowns took a person from the audience and goofed around with them. Spears returned to perform "Breathe on Me", dancing on a giant picture frame, and "Touch of My Hand", in which she sported a blindfold while being lifted on the air sitting in the backs of two aerialists. In the fourth section, there was a band interlude, and Spears appeared on stage to perform "Do Somethin'", with a gun that shot sparks in her hand. This was followed by a remix of "I'm a Slave 4 U", in which she was raised on a platform as a ring of fire started below her. In the "Heartbeat" interlude, the dancers showcased their individual moves. Spears performed "Toxic" with moving jungle gyms and surrounded by green sci-fi lightning effects. The act ended with Spears and her dancers performing a remix of "...Baby One More Time". After a brief pause, the encore began with the "Break the Ice" video interlude, which included various clips of Spears's music videos. Spears returned for a performance of "Womanizer" dressed as a policewoman. Spears and the dancers bowed to each side of the arena and left with "Circus" playing in the background. Some changes were made to the setlist throughout the tour. During opening night in New Orleans, Spears was supposed to perform a cover of Duffy's "I'm Scared" after "Everytime". However, the lyric sheet went missing onstage and she started performing from below the stage, leaving two backup singers in the main stage. It was later dropped from the show. "Mannequin" was added on the second Paris date and performed after "Get Naked (I Got a Plan)", with a brief lightshow introduction. The song was performed until July 26, 2009. A cover of "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette was performed on select shows during the second North American leg, starting on September 5, 2009. In addition, "Piece of Me", "Radar", "Ooh Ooh Baby", "Do Somethin'", "I'm a Slave 4 U", "...Baby One More Time" and "Womanizer" were remixed at the beginning of the European leg.
After Spears's premiere performance, the tour received mixed to positive reviews from several critics. Stacey Plaisance of the Associated Press commented that the tour was "another strong step in the right direction" and that Spears delivered "a tightly choreographed, if perfunctory performance". Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times stated, "despite that first-night stumble and several numbers in which her dancing was no more than adequate, Spears can safely call this performance a success". Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said that "[the show] was less a concert than a Las Vegas-style revue of intimidating complexity. Throughout, though she spoke little, Ms. Spears appeared radiant and unfettered, often smiling and never uncommitted". Dixie Reid of The Sacramento Bee commented that the show was "a mesmerizingly big production with entertaining videos (including the infamous Spears-Madonna kiss), confetti, sparklers and even a stilt-walker. Who could ask for more? Everyone seemed to have a good time at the circus". Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph said Spears is "the queen of production line pop and reclaims that diamanté crown with the most perfectly plastic pop show ever staged".
People writer Chuck Arnold wrote that Spears "never really hit her old stride [..] there was a lot more strutting than real choreographic feats from [her]". Jeff Montgomery of MTV both praised and dismissed Spears's performance saying, "Yes, welcome to Britney's Circus, a big, huge, loud, funny, nonsensical three-ring affair... She looks great in her myriad of outfits, and she can still move with the best of them. [...] It's just, well, she's almost lost in the sheer hugeness of the production around her". Jane Stevenson of Toronto Sun gave Spears's performance three out of five stars stating there was "so much was going on – there were also martial artists, bicyclists, etc. – there was no time to really assess Spears other than to note that she looked great. [..] She could lip-synch the words (one can assume) and strut around the stage well enough, but there was little in the way of genuine passion, joy, or excitement on her part". The Hollywood Reporter's Craig Rosen claimed that "in the end, Britney and company delivered an entertaining spectacle, but one couldn't help but wish that she would strip it all down and show a little more of herself". Sean Daly of St. Petersburg Times summed up all the reviews by stating, "When Britney, touring behind her new Circus album, plays the Times Forum, there will be as many people rooting for her success as her failure. [..] But in the end, we're all envious and thankful, jealous and applauding. We like them/us and hate them/us for the very same reasons".
A week after The Circus Britney Spears was announced, 400,000 tickets were purchased for the North American shows, which prompted promoters to add seven more dates in Los Angeles, Toronto, New Jersey, Chicago, Long Island, Anaheim and Montreal. Due to demand in the UK, six more shows were added to the initial two, selling more than 100,000 tickets in a week. Spears performance at the American Airlines Arena broke the attendance record previously held by Celine Dion, with a crowd of 18,644 people. The first North American leg, which was sold out, resulted in an average of 20,498 tickets per show and a gross of $61.6 million, becoming the highest grossing tour of the first semester of 2009 in the continent. In addition, the tour grossed $13 million from the London, Manchester and Dublin shows, with a total gross of $74.6 million, ranking as the third highest grossing tour worldwide. The Copenhagen show at Parken gathered 40,000 people, Spears's largest audience since her 2002 concerts in Mexico City.
The second North American leg was also sold out, with a gross of $21.4 million and it was reported that the tour had grossed $94 million. Her first three shows in Melbourne were also sold out. The four shows at Acer Arena in Sydney sold 66,247 tickets, making Spears the highest selling act ever in the arena. The tour was ranked at number seven on Billboard's Top 25 Tours of 2009, with a previously reported gross of $94 million. However, only 70 of the 97 shows were counted. The Circus Starring Britney Spears also made Spears rank at number twenty one on the Top Touring Artists of the Decade, becoming the youngest artist in the list and also the fourth female artist, behind Madonna, Celine Dion and Cher. The tour was also ranked as the fourth highest grossing tour of the year in North America, becoming the highest grossing tour of the year by a solo artist. In February 2010, Pollstar released their Top 50 Worldwide Concert Tours of 2009. The tour ranked as the fifth highest-grossing tour, worldwide, of the year, with a gross of $131.8 million. In May 2010, Hollyscoop ranked the tour at the fifth position in their 15 Most Profitable Female Tours Ever list.
Australian leg controversies
Before the first of the Australian shows, Minister for Fair Trading for New South Wales Virginia Judge, said she was aware that Spears would lipsync during the concerts and was considering to include disclaimers on promotional materials and tickets, indicating that portions of the show would be pre-recorded. This measures would mean a change in the country's legislation similar to the debacle of the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Judge further explained her position saying, "Let's be clear – live means live. If you are spending up to $200 I think you deserve better than a film clip". Tour director Steve Dixon defended Spears, claiming, "This is a pop spectacular, this is a showband show. You come for the experience. There is a lot to see about this show, there's nothing like this in the world. Britney Spears will entertain you, that's what people come for. We absolutely give them a show". After opening night in Perth, The Advertiser writer Rebekah Devlin reported that a number of fans had walked out of the show. They were apparently "disappointed" and "outraged" regarding Spears's lip syncing and subdued dancing. Australian tour promoter Paul Dainty talked about the situation saying,
"It's the biggest lie I've ever heard. I'm so angry. We can take heat if there's something wrong and people can review shows badly – that's something you have to live with – but to say people stormed out of the show was an absolute fabrication. Britney is aware of all this and she's extremely upset by it. She's a human being. I'm embarrassed, with such a big international entourage here with Britney, to be part of the Australian media when I see that kind of totally inaccurate reporting. It's been all over the internet for nine months, the inference is that we tried to hide this. It's been the opposite. This show is about an incredible spectacle, which it is".
Spears's manager Adam Leber responded in his Twitter account, saying, "It's unfortunate that one journalist in Perth didn't enjoy the show last night. Fortunately the other 18,272 fans in attendance did". Spears's official website also posted a list of positive reviews from a number of fans. Burswood Dome also issued a statament reading, "Last night's concert (Friday) saw record crowds turn out for her first performance in Perth and from Burswood's perspective the event was a huge success. Early media reports that hundreds of fans left the concert early cannot be substantiated and Burswood has received no complaints about the concert". Finally, Spears addressed the situation according to BBC Online. She was quoted as saying, "I hear there is a lot of controversy in the media about my show. Some reporters have said they love it and some don't. I came to Australia for my fans". The negative media attention continued after her show in Melbourne when it was alleged that fans had placed tickets for the remaining Australian shows on sale on the online shopping website eBay, for as little as 99 cents. However, Dainty said that the holders of the tickets were not Spears's fans, stating "They're just profiteers. They buy tickets for $200 and think they that when the concerts sell-out they will offload them for $500".
Broadcast and recordings
During the tour, there were many speculations that the shows in Las Vegas on September 26, 27, 2009 would be recorded in 3D. Professional footage also surfaced online of the Copenhagen show. On November 12, 2009, Britney's manager, Adam Leber, posted on his Twitter account that there were "...No plans for a Circus Tour DVD at the moment." On June 26, 2012, rumours arose on celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's website stating that there was a DVD to be released after what appeared to be a trailer of unseen concert footage surfaced online. Despite this, no official DVD or recording has been released of the concert tour.
The set list for the tour, as revealed by Spears' official website on March 2, 2009. It is not representative of all concerts for the duration of the tour.
Act 1: Circus
Act 2: House of Fun (Anything Goes)
Act 3: Freakshow/Peepshow
Act 4: Electro Circ
Act 5: Encore
- Other songs performed in select dates include: "Mannequin", "You Oughta Know" and "I'm Scared".
- "Touch of My Hand" was removed in the middle of the tour.
|Leg 1 — North America|
|March 3, 2009||New Orleans||United States||New Orleans Arena||The Pussycat Dolls||16,810 / 16,810||$1,604,815|
|March 5, 2009||Atlanta||Philips Arena||17,194 / 17,194||$1,695,449|
|March 7, 2009||Miami||American Airlines Arena||18,644 / 18,644||$1,972,928|
|March 8, 2009||Tampa||St. Pete Times Forum||18,929 / 18,929||$1,818,011|
|March 11, 2009||Uniondale||Nassau Coliseum||33,549 / 33,549[a]||$3,623,790[a]|
|March 13, 2009||Newark||Prudential Center||33,535 / 33,535||$3,865,005|
|March 14, 2009|
|March 16, 2009||Boston||TD Banknorth Garden||16,659 / 16,659||$1,909,235|
|March 18, 2009||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||37,912 / 37,912||$3,714,316|
|March 19, 2009|
|March 20, 2009||Montreal||Bell Centre||21,234 / 21,234||$1,911,733|
|March 23, 2009||Uniondale||United States||Nassau Coliseum||—[a]||—[a]|
|March 24, 2009||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||18,160 / 18,160||$1,859,147|
|March 27, 2009||Pittsburgh||Mellon Arena||16,146 / 16,146||$1,553,944|
|March 30, 2009||Houston||Toyota Center||16,604 / 16,604||$1,749,704|
|March 31, 2009||Dallas||American Airlines Center||17,869 / 17,869||$1,830,923|
|April 2, 2009||Kansas City||Sprint Center||16,872 / 16,872||$1,567,486|
|April 3, 2009||Minneapolis||Target Center||17,694 / 17,694||$1,420,032|
|April 6, 2009||Edmonton||Canada||Rexall Place||17,109 / 17,109||$1,422,220|
|April 8, 2009||Vancouver||General Motors Place||18,040 / 18,040||$1,552,132|
|April 9, 2009||Tacoma||United States||Tacoma Dome||21,828 / 21,828||$1,694,410|
|April 11, 2009||Sacramento||ARCO Arena||14,975 / 14,975||$1,293,323|
|April 12, 2009||San Jose||HP Pavilion||17,869 / 17,869||$1,834,352|
|April 14, 2009||Salt Lake City||EnergySolutions Arena||17,095 / 17,095||$1,076,551|
|April 16, 2009||Los Angeles||Staples Center||33,142 / 33,142||$4,062,953|
|April 17, 2009|
|April 19, 2009||Anaheim||Honda Center||31,582 / 31,582||$3,081,963|
|April 20, 2009|
|April 22, 2009||Oakland||Oracle Arena||17,694 / 17,694||$1,310,285|
|April 24, 2009||Glendale||Jobing.com Arena||17,005 / 17,005||$1,769,063|
|April 25, 2009||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena||15,728 / 15,728||$2,482,352|
|April 28, 2009||Rosemont||Allstate Arena||32,942 / 32,942||$3,194,384|
|April 29, 2009|
|April 30, 2009||Columbus||Value City Arena||17,221 / 17,221||$1,434,383|
|May 2, 2009||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena||18,611 / 18,611||$2,349,446|
|May 3, 2009[b]|
|May 5, 2009||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre||Girlicious||11,475 / 11,475||$1,064,925|
|Leg 2 — Europe|
|June 3, 2009||London||England||The O2 Arena||Ciara||N/A||N/A|
|June 4, 2009|
|June 6, 2009|
|June 7, 2009|
|June 10, 2009|
|June 11, 2009|
|June 13, 2009|
|June 14, 2009|
|June 17, 2009||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 19, 2009||Dublin||Ireland||The O2||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 20, 2009|
|July 4, 2009||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy||Sliimy||N/A||N/A|
|July 5, 2009|
|July 6, 2009|
|July 9, 2009||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis||DJ Havana Brown||N/A||N/A|
|July 11, 2009||Copenhagen||Denmark||Parken Stadium||N/A||N/A|
|July 13, 2009||Stockholm||Sweden||Ericsson Globe||N/A||N/A|
|July 14, 2009|
|July 16, 2009||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Arena||N/A||N/A|
|July 19, 2009||St. Petersburg||Russia||Ice Palace||N/A||N/A|
|July 21, 2009||Moscow||Olimpiiski||N/A||N/A|
|July 25, 2009||Berlin||Germany||O2 World||Cascada||N/A||N/A|
|Leg 3 — North America|
|August 20, 2009||Hamilton||Canada||Copps Coliseum||Kristinia DeBarge
|16,629 / 16,629||$943,852|
|August 21, 2009||Ottawa||Scotiabank Place||15,883 / 15,883||$1,071,229|
|August 24, 2009||New York City||United States||Madison Square Garden||Jordin Sparks
|53,356 / 53,356||$3,814,089|
|August 25, 2009|
|August 26, 2009|
|August 29, 2009||Boston||TD Banknorth Garden||15,330 / 15,330||$1,036,457|
|August 30, 2009||Philadelphia||Wachovia Center||Kristinia DeBarge
|17,641 / 17,641||$1,165,725|
|September 1, 2009||Orlando||Amway Arena||Jordin Sparks
|16,408 / 16,408||$687,437|
|September 2, 2009||Miami||American Airlines Arena||14,502 / 14,502||$873,099|
|September 4, 2009||Atlanta||Philips Arena||11,900 / 11,900||$655,507|
|September 5, 2009||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum||10,813 / 10,813||$559,862|
|September 8, 2009||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills||12,572 / 12,572||$935,772|
|September 9, 2009||Rosemont||Allstate Arena||15,695 / 15,695||$722,618|
|September 11, 2009||Des Moines||Wells Fargo Arena||10,397 / 10,397||$525,479|
|September 12, 2009||Grand Forks||Alerus Center||12,713 / 12,713||$849,983|
|September 15, 2009||Tulsa||BOK Center||16,930 / 16,930||$794,596|
|September 16, 2009||Houston||Toyota Center||11,347 / 11,347||$738,656|
|September 18, 2009||Dallas||American Airlines Center||13,471 / 13,471||$1,098,940|
|September 19, 2009||Bossier City||CenturyTel Center||Kristinia DeBarge||10,240 / 10,240||$610,818|
|September 21, 2009||El Paso||Don Haskins Center||Jordin Sparks
|11,531 / 11,531||$928,907|
|September 23, 2009||Los Angeles||Staples Center||15,306 / 15,306||$1,162,646|
|September 24, 2009||San Diego||San Diego Arena||11,845 / 11,845||$608,300|
|September 26, 2009||Las Vegas||Mandalay Bay Events Center||18,799 / 18,799||$1,712,858|
|September 27, 2009|
|Leg 4 — Australia|
|November 6, 2009||Perth||Australia||Burswood Dome||DJ Havana Brown||N/A||N/A|
|November 7, 2009|
|November 11, 2009||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||N/A||N/A|
|November 12, 2009|
|November 13, 2009|
|November 16, 2009||Sydney||Acer Arena||66,247 / 69,640||$9,085,822|
|November 17, 2009|
|November 19, 2009|
|November 20, 2009|
|November 22, 2009||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||29,457 / 39,876||$4,053,770|
|November 24, 2009|
|November 25, 2009|
|November 27, 2009||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||N/A||N/A|
|November 29, 2009||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre||N/A||N/A|
|TOTAL||1,284,177 / 1,297,989 (98.9%)||$114,284,050|
|July 24, 2009||Warsaw||Poland||Torwar Hall||Contractual dispute|
- The score data is combined from the shows held at the Nassau Coliseum on March 11 and 23, respectively.
- The show on May 3, 2009 at the Mohegan Sun Arena was originally scheduled to take place on March 26, 2009, but was postponed due to there not being enough time to transfer the staging equipment from the previous city.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Van Horn, Teri (May 2, 2007). "Britney's Back! Spears Returns To The Stage With Five-Song Dirty Dance Party". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Elsworth, Catherine (September 10, 2007). "Britney Spears disappoints in MTV comeback". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Goodman, Dean (September 9, 2007). "Britney Spears attempts comeback at MTV awards". Reuters . Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Willis, Davis (September 10, 2007). "Britney's MTV comeback falls flat". BBC News Online. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Kreps, Daniel (October 12, 2007). "Britney Spears Comeback Tracker: Album Tracklist Leak Joins Actual Album Leak; Brit Sues Perez, Plans Tour?". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X.
- Silberman, Stacey (October 9, 2007). "Britney's "Blackout" Critical & Fan Hit, Jive says No Tour". Hollywoodtoday.net. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "Britney Spears' world tour". The Boston Globe. February 12, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Yochim, Dayana (May 18, 2008). "Be like Britney — and learn to buckle down". msnbc.com. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "Britney Spears plans to tour again". Fairfax New Zealand. January 10, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "Britney Spears' tour return". The Boston Globe. July 30, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (October 14, 2008). "Britney Spears Reportedly Signs Deal With AEG Live To Produce Tour". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Sams, Christine (November 2, 2008). "Home-grown star to show Britney's other side". The Age. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Sams, Christine (November 2, 2008). "Britney to sing in Oz". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (December 2, 2008). "Britney Spears To Kick Off Circus Tour In March". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Montgomery, James; Matt, Elias (December 8, 2008). "Pussycat Dolls 'Jumped' When They Found Out They're Touring With Britney Spears, Hope To Collaborate On Track". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Kaufman, Gil (December 10, 2008). "Britney Spears Adds Circus Tour Dates Thanks To Strong Sales". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Vena, Jocelyn (March 3, 2009). "Britney Spears' Manager Calls Circus Tour A 'Pop Extravaganza'". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Reporter, Lauren (April 28, 2009). "Britney Spears Announces European Tour!". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- Reporter, Lauren (April 29, 2009). "Updated Tour Announcement: Eastern European Dates Added!". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Breaking News: Britney Brings Tour to Australia". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. June 9, 2009. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Breaking News: Britney Spears' Tour Returns to North America". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- Leber, Adam (July 25, 2009). "No South American leg". Twitter.com. Twitter. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Britney Spears whips herself back into shape in the dance studio". Daily Mail. October 30, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Kreps, Daniel (December 23, 2008). "Spears' "Circus" Tour Picks Up Madonna Choreographer As Father's Financial Hold Grows Stronger". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X.
- Sandberg, Marian (June 29, 2009). "A Night At The Circus With Britney Spears". Live Design. Penton Media. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
- "You won't stay thin like that: Newly buff Britney Spears slurps TWO iced lattes at once". Daily Mail. February 4, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Shriver, Jerry (March 4, 2009). "Britney in concert: The Circus is finally back in town". USA Today. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Leach, Robin (April 27, 2009). "The multimillion-dollar Britney Spears Circus Tour". Las Vegas Deluxe. The Greenspun Corporation. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "Britney Spears tour to be three-ring circus in the round". New Musical Express. January 23, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Evans, Bill. "Blake Suib Runs Away and Joins the Circus". Front of House Magazine. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
- Vena, Jocelyn (October 20, 2008). "Britney Spears Explains Why Circus Is 'Lighter' And Less Edgy Than Blackout". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "Britney Spears Unveils Sneak Peek at "Circus" Tour With Video, Set List". Rolling Stone. March 2, 2009. ISSN 0035-791X.
- "Big Easy fans thrilled by Britney's 'Circus' act". msnbc.com. Associated Press. March 4, 2009. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
- Vena, Jocelyn (February 25, 2009). "Britney Spears' Circus Tour To Include Magic Act". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Vena, Jocelyn (March 3, 2009). "Britney Spears To Wear 'Animalistic' Look For Circus Tour". MTV. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- Alexander, Hilary (March 2, 2009). "Britney Spears kicks off Circus world tour in New Orleans". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
- "From ET: Behind the Scenes in Paris". britneyspears.com. July 13, 2009. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
- Farber, Jim (March 4, 2009). "Britney Spears kicks off 'Circus' tour in the Big Easy at New Orleans Arena". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 16, 2009.
- Arnold, Chuck (March 4, 2009). "CONCERT REVIEW: Britney Yet to Hit Stride". People. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Vena, Jocelyn (July 13, 2009). "Britney Spears Reveals New Twists For Circus Tour". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Adams, Cameron (September 8, 2009). "Ringside seating for Britney Spears concert selling for $1500". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
- Reporter, Lauren (September 6, 2009). "Britney Performs "You Oughta Know"". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
- Reporter, Lauren (June 3, 2009). "European Tour Remixes". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
- Plaisance, Stacey (March 4, 2009). "Britney Spears Makes Concert Return". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Powers, Ann (March 3, 2009). "Acrobats, magicians and a bit of erotica: Britney Spears' 'Circus' opens in New Orleans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Caramanica, Jon (March 12, 2009). "She's Back, and Now She's Angry". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Reid, Fixie (April 12, 2009). "Review: Spears emerges master, not sideshow, at Arco circus stop". The Sacramento Bee. ISSN 0890-5738.
- McCormick, Neil (June 4, 2009). "Britney Spears at the O2 Arena, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
- Montgomery, James (March 4, 2009). "Britney Spears Fits Just About Everything Into First Circus Tour Stop". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Stevenson, Jane (March 20, 2009). "Brit only a modest hit". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- Rosen, Craig (April 17, 2009). "Britney Spears at Staples Center – Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
- Daly, Sean (March 8, 2009). "Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson concerts on same night". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- "Information Details and Upcoming Events". ticket-center.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- Smith, Jay (July 9, 2009). "Britney's #1 In North America While AC/DC Conquers The World". Pollstar. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
- Reporter, Lauren (July 12, 2009). "Exclusive pics: Copenhagen". britneyspears.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- Allen, Bob (October 1, 2009). "Hot Tours: U2, AC/DC, Britney Spears". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- "Britney breaks silence on lip-synch criticism". WAtoday. November 10, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- Allen, Bob (December 2, 2009). "Hot Tours: Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- "Top 25 Tours of 2009". Billboard. November 21, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- "Top Touring Artists of the 2000s". Billboard. November 21, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- Reinartz, Joe (December 30, 2009). "The Pollstar Top 50". Pollstar. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- "2009 Year End Top 50 Worldwide Concert Tours" (PDF). Pollstar. 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
- Esmailian, Ani (May 21, 2010). "15 Most Profitable Female Tours Ever". Hollyscoop. DNA Group. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- Nudd, Tim (September 6, 2009). "Australian Officials Target Britney Spears's Lip-Synching". People. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- Hildebrand, Joe (November 6, 2009). "Tickets to carry warning that singers will mime on stage after Britney Spears controversy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- Devlin, Rebekah (November 7, 2009). "Disgruntled fans walk out on Britney Spears concert in Perth". The Advertiser. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- Shedden, Iain (November 9, 2009). "Britney Spears' mouthpiece, Paul Dainty, gives lip". The Australian. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Britney bites back". WAtoday. November 8, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Spears speaks out over miming row". BBC Online. November 11, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Britney's fizzle 'fabricated'". The Courier-Mail. November 13, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Live Events". Stereoscopynews.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- Vena, Jocelyn (August 12, 2009). "Britney Spears Releases Circus Tour Footage — Check It Out Here! – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Britney Spears: Circus Tour- Live In Copenhagen (Denmark, Professional Yahoo! Footage)". YouTube. August 12, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Twitter / AdamLeber: Sorry to disappoint guys. No". Twitter.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Britney Spears Circus Tour Coming To DVD??". PerezHilton.com. June 26, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Exclusive: The Setlist — Britney Spears". Web.archive.org. March 2, 2009. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Billboard. p. 9. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Billboard. p. 26. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Britney Spears Reschedules March 26th Mohegan Sun Date". Mohegan Sun. March 16, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
- "Updated Tour Announcement: Eastern European Dates Added!". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- "2009 Top 100" (PDF). Pollstar.
- Vena, Jocelyn (August 17, 2009). "Jordin Sparks Joins Britney Spears' Circus Tour". MTV. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- "Perezcious Music: Perez Hilton's new record label". The Week. June 24, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- "Havana Brown in a spin for Britney Spears as DJ". The Daily Telegraph. June 6, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2009 – via PerthNow.
- "Verkündet: Cascada offizieller Support-Act für Britney Spears". technobase.fm. July 18, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
- Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Billboard. p. 12. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Reporter, Lauren (August 14, 2009). "Breaking News: Jordin Sparks added as Opening Act". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. Archived from the original on August 18, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
- "Breaking News: Adelaide Show Announced!". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on September 11, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Poland Cancellation DetailsDate". britneyspears.com. Brandcasting Unlimited. July 15, 2009. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Circus Starring: Britney Spears.|