Britney Spears Pulls the Plug on Park MGM Residency

We broke the story Britney Spears would do a residency at Park Theater following her successful run at Planet Hollywood, but even we didn’t see this coming.

Spears announced she’s canceling her “Domination” residency at Park MGM, presumably due to her father’s illness.

Technically, Spears is claiming the residency is just on hold “until further notice.” The residency was scheduled to start Feb. 13, 2019.

Britney Spears Las Vegas

You know what it means when there’s a red line through something.

When we first learned the string of shows would be canceled, we suspected it might be a case of bailing due to lackluster ticket sales.

Slow ticket sales were reported widely, and it appeared Spears and MGM Resorts may have over-estimated her ability to draw audiences following her stint at Planet Hollywood.

That 248-show run surprised everyone by selling more than 900,000 tickets and pulling in $137 million.

The “I’m dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family” line is, of course, a cliche used by celebrities to step away from their gigs, often taking advantage of outs in their contracts in order to save face as well as avoiding steep penalties for not fulfulling their contractual obligations.

The other feeble go-to excuse when ticket sales are flagging is “exhaustion.” Looking at you, Salt-N-Pepa.

We began to set our skepticism aside with Britney Spears, however, when we learned more about the seriousness of her father’s medical condition. He’s expected to recover.

Spears relationship with her father is a complicated one, to say the least. Her assets have been supervised by her father since her breakdown in 2008. He makes $130,000 a year as her conservator, and Spears can’t make legal or financial decisions without her father’s approval.

Beyond the medical element, we’ve received reliable information her ticket sales weren’t as abysmal as reported. While not as brisk as sales for Lady Gaga and Aerosmith, those are new residencies, so it’s not a fair comparison.

It’s possible Spears will be on the hook for millions in costs related to the cancellation of “Domination.”

At this point, we’re split on whether Britney Spears will return to fulfill her residency commitment at Park MGM.

Cancellations of this type have a huge ripple effect on those involved with the production and the resort involved, as well as surrounding businesses.

Spears had a $500,000-per-show guarantee (even more than Celine Dion makes) for her upcoming Park Theater residency, so even one of the best-paid female artists in the world would find it hard to walk away from that.

5 thoughts on “Britney Spears Pulls the Plug on Park MGM Residency

  1. Jeff in OKC

    I don’t think the artist is really driven by money. They know they will always have fans and a place to perform. They will always have at least a 3,000sf house and someone to drive them around (both of which are more than they had growing up). After that it’s just a matter of how much you want to stress out about.

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  2. Janice Kamens

    She saw the jaw dropping spectacle (and ticket sales) of Lady Gaga’s show and got cold feet. There is no way she could compete with that. This is so very obvious.

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    1. Bill Hampshire

      I would only add ‘She and MGM saw the…” I think MGM understands it’s back to the drawing board for Brittney.

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