Over the years, there's been much speculation that Britney Spears doesn't sing live when she performs in concert. So when she starts her long-awaited Las Vegas residency this December at Planet Hollywood, will she be lip-syncing, or doing her vocals live? Turns out that particular topic hasn't come up yet, according to an executive involved with the show.
Kurt Melien , a vice president at Caesars Entertainment, tells Billboard.biz , "We haven't had that conversation." But, he adds, "She certainly has been a singer and dancer her entire life, and she certainly has the chops today. There's no doubt about it that she's in the physical shape and vocal shape to sing the entire show."
Adds Melien, "She's working out a ton, training a ton and rehearsing a ton. She's super pumped and really excited about this idea since it became real."
Melien says that Britney's show will be approximately 90 minutes, and will feature 21 of her greatest hits, as well as some of the music from her upcoming album, which is due December 3. "It's a retrospective on some of the most iconic moments of her life, combined with the more contemporary stuff that she's doing today," he tells Billboard.biz.
In addition, Melien says that if you want to see Britney in concert in the next two years in North America, it's either Vegas or nothing. She won't be touring anywhere else -- it's an exclusive deal.
Finally, Melien reveals that Britney won't be moving permanently to Las Vegas, as Celine Dion has done. She'll stay in a hotel when she's performing and then fly back to Los Angeles when she needs to in order to be with her two sons.
"Technically, she can fly back that night or the next day and be in L.A. pretty quickly. That's what's great about this for her, because she's definitely a mom as much as she is a performer," he says. "So she likes this idea that she can be home a lot while still performing. It's a great thing for an artist."
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