It’s Been A Decade Since Britney Spears Changed Las Vegas Forever

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Britney Spears performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music … [+] Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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In 2013, Las Vegas was still largely viewed as the entertainment destination for singers whose careers had entered their twilight or those who were considered “washed up” in the music industry. The city’s storied stages had seen their fair share of once-legendary acts serenading nostalgic audiences, but for some time, the top players weren’t going there for shows.

However, a seismic shift was about to hit the Las Vegas entertainment scene, and it was spearheaded by none other than the reigning pop princess herself, Britney Spears. Now, it’s been 10 years since the icon changed the town, and it will never be the same.

The singer launched her electrifying Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, in 2013, and by doing so, Spears forever altered the course of Sin City’s musical landscape. What ensued was not just a revival of her own career but the transformation of the city into a thriving hub for contemporary pop sensations.

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For four glorious years, Spears held Las Vegas audiences in rapture with her dazzling performances and a production that was nothing short of spectacular. The numbers spoke for themselves, with Britney: Piece of Me selling over 900,000 tickets and amassing a staggering $137.7 million in ticket sales throughout its run.

Spears was certainly not fading into obscurity; she was soaring, demonstrating that Las Vegas could be a stage for the crème de la crème of the music industry.

Before Spears’s arrival, Las Vegas residencies had a reputation as a refuge for artists whose glory days had long passed. These residencies were viewed as a last-ditch effort to relive the past, performing hits from yesteryears to dwindling fan bases. But then, Spears rewrote the rulebook, as she had done before in her career.

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She was not a has-been seeking one last hurrah; she was a pop icon close to the zenith of her career. Her residency quickly became a testament to her enduring star power and an unequivocal message that Las Vegas was open for business for contemporary hitmakers.

The impact of Spears’s residency extended far beyond her own success. It was a game-changer, dismantling the outdated notion that Las Vegas was the retirement home for once-iconic artists. It showcased the potential for current, chart-topping musicians to shine on the Strip…and make some real money at the same time.

Spear’s triumph in Las Vegas became a catalyst for a wave of A-list artists to consider Sin City for their own residencies. The city that had been synonymous with faded stardom rapidly evolved into a prime destination for top-tier talent. In the wake of her groundbreaking residency, names like Adele, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry soon followed suit, each making their unique mark on the Las Vegas entertainment scene.

All three of those artists are still playing shows there to sold out crowds, and Las Vegas residencies are now a highly-sought-after prize for even the biggest names in the business. None of this would have happened without Spears, but she rarely gets the credit she deserves for changing the perception of the city and what it can mean to the music industry. A decade on from her own run of shows, her career is in a weird spot, but her legacy lives on in Sin City.

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