Britney Spears 'so ready' to begin 'Femme Fatale' tour with Nicki Minaj - see dates
Britney Spears is set to begin her highly-anticipated tour to promote her new album "Femme Fatale."
Hip hop star Nicki Minaj is joining her on the road and the first concert takes place in Sacramento, California on Thursday, June 16. Spears plans to perform in North America first, then head over to Europe in September.
"Can't believe tour starts tmrw tweople!" Spears Tweeted on Wednesday. "So ready to take my femmes on the road & see y'all again... I've missed u! Ready @NickiMinaj? -Brit"
"@britneyspears born ready Brit!" Minaj replied on Thursday. "Time to give the kidz what they've been waitin for.... FemmeFataleTour."
"Femme Fatale," Spears' seventh major record, was released in March and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Spears featured Minaj and pop singer Ke$ha on a remix of her single "Till the World Ends," which was released in late April.
"This is the Femme Fatale tour and I'm thrilled to have Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the ToyBoys, and Nervo join me and get everyone on the dance floor," Spears had said in a statement on April 12. "Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."
Jessie and the ToyBoys is headed by electronic pop singer Jessie Malakouti. Nervo is made up of electronic dance singer-songwriters and twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo.
Zaldy Goco, who designed Spears' costumes, told the magazine that the singer plans to wear several outfits during the shows - including a snake charmer get-up, a kimono, a mirrored gold jacket, a purple leather jacket covered with pink chrome studs, safety pins, spikes and chains and a "daring black Swarovski crystal-covered closing number outfit, which illuminates with LED lights and animates fire and lightening."
Spears rose to fame as a teen star and has become a tabloid favorite, especially after she suffered a meltdown in 2007. She and Kevin Federline, father of her two sons, divorced and Spears spent many months partying. She then underwent a rehab stint for substance abuse and famously shaved her own head at a salon (see video). Her turmoil made international headlines and inspired Barry Manilow's latest album, "15 Minutes."
Spears made a comeback in 2009 with her "Circus" tour. The series of concerts grossed $131.8 million dollars and was the fifth most successful series of concerts in the world. Madonna, who once collaborated with Spears, came in at No. 4 with $137.7 million.
June 16, 2011 - Sacramento, CA, Power Balance Pavilion
June 18, 2011 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
June 20, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
June 22, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ, Jobing.com Arena
June 24, 2011 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
June 25, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 25, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand
June 28, 2011 - Portland, OR, Rose Garden Arena
June 29, 2011 - Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
July 1, 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
July 4, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
July 6, 2011 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Center
July 8, 2011 - Chicago, IL, United Center
July 9, 2011 - Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Amphitheater
July 12, 2011 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
July 13, 2011 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
July 15, 2011 - New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
July 17, 2011 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
July 18, 2011 - Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
July 20, 2011 - Orlando, FL, Amway Center
July 22, 2011 - Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
July 23, 2011 - Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
July 26, 2011 - Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
July 28, 2011 - Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
July 30, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
July 31, 2011 - Washington, DC, Verizon Center
Aug. 2, 2011 - Uniondale, NJ, Nassau Coliseum
Aug. 5, 2011 - East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
Aug. 6, 2011- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 8, 2011 - Boston, MA, TD Garden
Aug. 11, 2011 - Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
Aug. 13, 2011 - Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Aug. 14, 2011 - Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Sept. 22, 2011 - St. Petersburg, Russia, New Arena
Sepp. 24, 2011- Moscow, Russia, Olimpiiski
Sept. 27, 2011 - Kiev, Ukraine, The Palace of Sports
Sept. 30, 2011 - Budapest, Hungary, Sport Arena
Oct. 1, 2011 - Zagreb, Croatia, Arena Zagreb
Oct. 3, 2011 - Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
Oct. 5, 2011 - Amneville, France, Galaxie
Oct. 6, 2011 - Paris, France, Bercy
Oct. 8, 2011 - Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 10, 2011 - Herning, Denmark, Boxen
Oct. 14, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena
Oct. 16, 2011 - Stockholm, Sweden, The Globe
Oct. 18, 2011 - Cologne, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 19, 2011 - Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ahoy
Oct. 21, 2011 - Montpellier, France, Arena
Oct. 24, 2011 - Dublin, Ireland, The O2
Oct. 25, 2011 - Belfast, UK, Odyssey Arena
Oct. 27, 2011 - London, UK, O2 Arena
Oct. 30, 2011 - Birmingham, UK, LG Arena
Nov. 6, 2011 - Manchester, UK, M.E.N. Arena
Nov. 9, 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal, Atlantico