Background[ edit ] The show began with a performance of " Hold It Against Me " left , which had Spears in a silver outfit, while " 3 " right featured her and her dancers wearing sunglasses, white trench coats and fedoras. In an interview on Ryan Seacrest 's radio show on March 4, , Spears stated she would tour the United States in the "early summer" in support of Femme Fatale.
Hours after the announcement, it was reported by Billboard that Iglesias had pulled out of the tour. Ray Wedell of Billboard speculated that the reason may have been that Spears was deemed by news outlets as the headliner, while Iglesias was considered the opening act. Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road. She previously headlined the festival on July 8, , during the Oops! Summerfest's entertainment director Bob Babisch said, "It's going to be a great dance party.
There's a thrust that goes out on the stage about 80 feet, and it's about 80 feet wide, and there's all kinds of things flying in and out. A notice following the stream announced the first two dates in Brazil and ten more dates to be announced in the near future.
I'm just hoping that the choreographers will come up with just the most outrageous things, and I'm really excited. This is one of the most excited I've been about a project in a really long time, so I can't wait. The setlist was composed mostly of songs from Femme Fatale, but also included hits from her previous albums, as Spears explained, "The fans really like a lot of the old songs, because that's what they are used to.
So it's just about finding the balance, and how many songs I wanna incorporate from the past and from the present. He also commented that the inspiration for the costumes was "Britney herself [ For the finale, she was revealed to wear a kimono , with an anime version of herself silk-screened on one sleeve, over a sparkling, black bodysuit with LED lights built into it.
I'm probably going to be extra nervous the day before. We've been working hard for, like, two months now, and everything's coming together really good.
I think she has a distinct sound when she raps. It really stands out and sets her apart from everyone else. I'm happy she's able to be on tour with me because that's just amazing. I wanted to bring out that strength and sexiness for all the girls on tour", he said. He applied Spears with makeup and designed it to "be a little bit neutral so that it could work with anything.
For example, at the Uniondale show on August 2, , Spears sported wavy hair, inspired by Sarah Jessica Parker and the street style of New York women. It took 7 hours to unload and build the stage. Unlike most tours who built the stage from the bottom up, the stage was built from the ceiling down.
The tour comprised workers, crew members, 14 tour buses, 16 dancers and 2 band members. The crowds have been so good each night and that gives you the adrenaline you need to get through the show. It just pumps you up. Not every show, but it's usually special when she does it. After a neon sign reading "Femme Fatale" is lifted from the stage, the show begins with a video introduction in which Spears is arrested by the police after a chasing sequence.
As she says " I'm not that innocent ", the video screens part and she appears sitting on a metallic throne in a silver costume to perform " Hold It Against Me ". After walking to the B-stage in a conveyor belt , Spears puts on a white trench coat and a satin fedora to perform " 3 ". She then goes into " Piece of Me " while floating above the stage in a platform. The next section begins with Spears in a pink latex and lace jacket emerging from inside a bass to perform " Big Fat Bass ", while will.
She removes the jacket to reveal a nude leotard for the performance of "How I Roll", which features a pink convertible Mini Cooper -like car and her dancers wearing colorful outfits. She then bursts into "Lace and Leather" and performs sensually for him. Spears returns to the stage wearing a golden outfit and performs an Egyptian-inspired version of " Gimme More ", containing a barge and fireworks.
In her next number " Drop Dead Beautiful " Spears is surrounded by her dancers carrying picture frames, and includes an appearance by Sabi in select cities. She then sings "He About to Lose Me" on a purple couch while her male dancers climb metallic structures. The final segment features Spears and her dancers dressed in motorcycle gear to perform a medley of " She sings " Womanizer " with her dancers dressed as policemen and thanks the audience.
The video ends with Spears finally capturing the stalker while wearing a kimono. She reappears to perform a martial arts -inspired version of " Toxic ", in which she defeats a group of ninjas.
At the end of the song, she goes below the stage and returns wearing a black sparkly bodysuit for " Till the World Ends ". Halfway through the performance, Nicki Minaj appears on the backdrops rapping her verse of The Femme Fatale Remix of the song. She also joined Spears to perform the verse in select cities. After the song changes back to the original version, Spears starts flying in a platform with giant angel wings.
The show ends with Spears and her dancers thanking the audience, as confetti falls and the "Femme Fatale" sign is lowered onstage. Barry Walters from Rolling Stone called the show "possibly her flashiest, fastest moving, and most entertaining production yet", and added that the night belonged to Spears, as "she managed to prove that she's still progressing as a showgirl.
Her body perpetually moved, she sang steadfastly into her headset okay, she's got plenty of digital support, but she doesn't merely lip-sync , and she shimmied through an endless parade of outfits. And she earns it. There wasn't much pretense, though those glamazon outfits blinded in the best way possible. Instead, there was just good dance music.
But that hesitancy vanished when she put on the denim. She seemed at ease. Spears moved with an almost mechanical detachment, lightly shifting through dance routines without fully letting her body release itself. With her voice heavily processed and laden with backing tracks, she appeared onstage as some strange blend of Michael Jackson , Madonna and Kraftwerk 's Ralf and Florian. Canoe considered the show was "best described as Janet Jackson -like. She's a cultural phenomenon, obviously, and the only edicts that seem to have been handed down in regards to the music is 'no lip-synching' she definitely doesn't and 'bigger and louder whenever possible.
The theatrics are awkward and confusing, the dance routines are numbingly bland and old-hat, the song selection is weak and misguided, and Britney's star power, so blinding on tours past, is remarkably dim.
What they're interested in is proximity to a global celebrity. Live Nation announced in early May a partnership with deal-of-the-day website Groupon. A spokesperson explained, "Offering a deal on Groupon is not a reflection of the quality or status or sales of a show" but rather "segmented marketing and a way to reach new and additional consumers. The Groupon deals for shows in Seattle , Winnipeg , Saint Paul , and Atlanta actually expired before all available discounted tickets were sold.
The editor also stated that "the shows look to be under-attended in smaller cities, even as, in metropolitan areas like Greater New York City , new shows have been added. It remains to be seen whether this could have been remedied by better price optimization, or whether the tour's ambition was more outsized than its actual draw. The move divided opinions in the music industry of the United Kingdom: In tough economic times people will look at varying ways of pricing their tickets.
A week before the show, the venue's box office told the Leicester Mercury that the concert was "probably about half-full. The Femme Fatale Tour Spears wore a kimono during the performance of " Toxic " left , while during " Till the World Ends " right she flew over the stage on a platform with wings.
Although it is common for major music labels to send takedown requests to YouTube, it is thought to be the first time the RIAA filed legal action against the video hosting site in order to obtain the personal details of an uploader.
The case was closed after a week; according to a copyright lawyer, it is most likely that the subpoena was granted by the court and that YouTube agreed to hand over the personal details that were requested. The video was removed from YouTube, but copies of the full concert can still be found on the site. The show, initially titled Britney Spears: Femme Fatale, was shot in 2D and 3D by 3ality Digital.
The 2D version will be available for broadcast from Christmas Eve , with the 3D version available in February