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Britney Spears announces Vegas residency

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NEW YORK -- Britney Spears is heading to Las Vegas.

The 31-year-old pop star confirmed a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday. Britney: Piece of Me will debut Dec. 27. Spears announced 16 dates, but she will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015.

Spears was in the Nevada desert for the announcement with more than 1,000 fans. Some dressed in the singer's signature schoolgirl look from her ...Baby One More Time music video.

The Grammy-winning singer's confirmation about the residency comes months after rumours swirled online. She said in an interview on GMA that the show will feature her greatest hits as well as new material.

"I'm definitely ready," she said in a taped interview, adding that she's training five hours each day.

Spears was in a helicopter that hovered above her fans in the desert, who were holding cards that formed a picture of her. The singer stepped off the aircraft and said she was feeling sick. After a second -- and live -- interview with GMA, she headed back to the helicopter, barely smiling and offering little more than a wave.

A tweet about the experience later showed up on her Twitter profile.

"Y'all that will be the last time u EVER see me in a helicopter. Love u (at)GMA & that was INCREDIBLE but helicopters are not for this girl :(," it read.

Tickets for Britney: Piece of Me go on sale Friday. Prices range from $59 to $179.

She released a new song, Work (Expletive), this week. It's from her untitled eighth album, due out Dec. 3, which will include songs about her ex-fiancé Jason Trawick.

"They suck," she said. "Breakups suck."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 18, 2013 D2

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