Britney Spears' Vegas show is selling just fine, her manager says
Believe it or not, that RadarOnline report that tickets to Britney Spears' Las Vegas show "Piece of Me" weren't selling very well isn't quite accurate, according to her manager, Larry Rudolph. Well, it just goes to show, you shouldn't write about how fast something has sold out when the tickets have only been available for three days.
Rudolph tells Billboard that not only is the report about the Planet Hollywood show, which begins Dec. 27, erroneous, the real news is the exact opposite.
"You have these idiot tabloid reporters who are completely irresponsible and love taking pot shots at Britney. One guy did it and everybody else picked it up. It's based on nothing, other than an 'industry insider,' who they'll never disclose," Rudolph said. Tickets went on sale Sept. 20, with prices ranging from $66.50 to $2,500 for a meet-and-greet package.
"When we went on sale with our pre-sale, we sold out every single VIP package for all 16 shows. We had to create new ones just to fill some of the demand, because people were starting to get pissed off that there weren't enough out there. Caesars told us that a highly successful launch would be selling 10 percent of the ticket stock on the on sale. I think we either tripled or quadrupled that. They told us it was literally the best on-sale they'd ever had."
He also said Caesars Entertainment, which owns the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has asked to put the next round of dates on sale early to meet demand. Rudolph added that Spears will not be lip-synching and will be doing a lot of dancing.
We can't imagine Rudolph would throw a stat like that 10 percent at Billboard without it having some ring of truth. Seriously, how many people did Celine Dion or Shania Twain get in their first week? On the other hand, he is her manager, so making her show seem like a hot commodity even if it isn't is his job. Flip a coin.