It’s been 18 years since Britney Spears burst onto the pop music scene yet she still has Filipino concertgoers excited over her sold out concert tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena.
all about the hits, with lots of energetic dancing, lavish costumes, elaborate sets, and awe-inspiring effects.
In Robin Leach’s review of the show for the Las Vegas Sun, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter was described as being in fine form.
“She looks happy and radiantly beautiful the entire time she’s onstage. She’s sexy wearing the skimpiest of costumes. Her physique is stunning, like a ripped athlete. Britney is at the top of her game,” Robin wrote, adding the show in itself is a “fast and furious prime-pop extravaganza.”
Britney started her career at a young age with the support of her parents who had her enrolled in dancing and singing classes as soon as she could walk. At age eight, the future superstar was already enjoying acclaim as among more popular cast members of “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell.
Her career could’ve ended easily after the show got cancelled but Britney was destined for greater things.
Dismissed early on as another Debbie Gibson and Tiffany wannabe, Britney shut her critics up with the release of “…Baby One More Time” in 1999. The album opened at number one on the US Billboard 200 and it earned double platinum status after only a month of release. Worldwide, it topped the charts in 15 countries and sold over 10 million copies in a year. “…Baby One More Time” became the biggest selling album ever by a teenage artist.
As if to prove it wasn’t a fluke, Britney released “Oops!… I Did It Again” a year later to great acclaim. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone wrote “the great thing about ‘Oops!’ – under the cheese surface, Britney’s demand for satisfaction is complex, fierce and downright scary, making her a true child of rock and roll tradition.”
Like its predecessor, “Oops!… I Did It Again” debuted at number one in the US, selling 1.3 million copies. It broke the SoundScan record for the highest debut sales by any solo artist.
Of course, with huge success comes controversy. For Britney, it included her allegedly cheating on then boyfriend Justin. Then came her 55-hour long marriage (and annulment) to a childhood friend. Many thought those were just glitches that would end with Britney marrying dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. Ah, but it’s just beginning.
Following her divorce from Kevin two years later, Britney unraveled further. People would learn about her being admitted to rehab, shaving her head, and being caught on camera attending parties reportedly sans undies. Losing physical custody of her two children only added to her many dilemmas.
Attempting a comeback in 2008, Britney fell flat on her face. Performing her new single “Gimme More” off her “Blackout” album at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards seemingly out of it, Britney was dubbed a has-been at 26.
More trouble would come in subsequent years, including her being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and then being committed to the psychiatric ward of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
But Britney would prove herself tough as nails, going on to release album after album of excellent materials including “Femme Fatale” in 2011 and “Britney Jean” in 2013.
In 2013, Britney would start her Las Vegas residency, earning an extension in 2015.
Reviews of her Las Vegas shows were mixed but largely positive. Rolling Stone’s cited her performance of “Do Somethin’,” “Stronger,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” “Circus,” and “Till The World Ends,” among highlights.
Marco della Cava of USA Today praised the concert, saying that Spears’ mission “to turn a cavernous 7,000-seat amphitheater into a raging nightclub” was accomplished.
Early this year, it was announced Britney would take the show on the road starting in the Philippines, Japan and Israel.
And here we are.
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