In a interview with Shape magazine, Britney Spears has confirmed that she will be doing a concert residency in Las Vegas, where she will reportedly perform at Planet Hollywood for a period of months that are to be announced. It’s her first big gig since her disastrous one-season stint as a judge on “The X Factor” U.S., which reportedly paid her $15 million but had a significant loss in ratings and revenue after this bad investment in Spears. She failed to boost ratings (which dropped 25 percent when Spears was on the show, according to the Nielsen Company), and she got mostly negative reviews from viewers and TV critics, who often described her as “dull” and “robotic.”
Spears, 31, is wearing a bikini on the cover of Shape’s June 2013 issue, which has the first major interview with Spears since she announced her departure from “The X Factor” in January 2013. Shape released excerpts from the interview to the media on May 8, 2013.
In the interview, Spears talked about her fitness routine (which includes yoga and cardio exercise) to get ready for her Las Vegas residency. She said, “The [Vegas] performances won’t be simple — they’ll be a massive party from start to finish. And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed.”
The Las Vegas residency will be the first for Spears, who has made big changes in her personal life and her career in 2013.
Spears announced that she was not returning as an “X Factor” judge a few weeks after Us Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets reported that the show was going to fire her. In a statement, Spears said she was parting ways with “The X Factor” to spend more time on making music and performing.
On the same day that Spears announced she wasn’t returning to “The X Factor,” she also announced her breakup from Jason Trawick, who is now her her former agent and former co-conservator. Spears and Trawick began dating in 2009, and got engaged in 2011, but they never set a wedding date. Spears also switched agencies from William Morris Endeavor (Trawick’s former employer) to Creative Artists Agency.
She is still represented by her longtime manager Larry Rudolph.
Spears has a new boyfriend: David Lucado, whom she’s been dating publicly since February 2013. Lucado’s occupation has been described as “law firm associate” by several media outlets.
Spears is currently working on her eighth studio album (title and release date to be announced), which is reportedly the last album on her Sony Music contract. Will.i.am is executive producing the album. In 2012, Will.i.am and Spears teamed up for the song “Scream & Shout” (which was a Top 10 hit in several countries) and on “The X Factor” U.S., where Will.i.am was a guest mentor paired with Spears to evaluate contestants. In the meantime, Spears’ has a new song called “Ooh La La” on the “Smurfs 2” soundtrack.
As for who is replacing Spears on “The X Factor” U.S., former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland is reportedly the frontrunner. Rowland was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011.
The replacements for Spears and Antonio “L.A.” Reid should be announced sometime in May 2013. Reid quit “The X Factor” U.S. in December 2012, after he was with the show two seasons, because he said he wanted more time to focus on his job as chairman/CEO of Epic Records. It has already been announced that “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato will continue to be judges on “The X Factor” U.S. for the show’s third season in 2013.