Britney Spears' Manager Talks Vegas Residency, New Album & More
September 26, 2013
In an extensive new interview, Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph discusses the Pop star's upcoming Las Vegas residency and her as-yet-untitled new album, while debunking some rumors# Rudolph spoke to Billboard while rehearsals and tryouts were taking place for Spears' Vegas show. The concert, called Britney Spears: Piece Of Me, debuts December 27, with Spears slated to play 50 shows in Vegas in 2014 and again in 2015, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Rumors recently began swirling that initial ticket sales for the Vegas shows were weak, but Rudolph said that the report came from one anonymous source to a tabloid and it is "based on nothing." He continued, "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. Now they've come back to me and asked if it's OK to put the next round of dates on sale sooner than we had originally discussed. They haven't given me an exact date for it yet, but I said of course."
Spears' eighth studio album is due December 3, and Rudolph confirmed she has yet to pick a title, but said, "It's so different from anything she's done before. Will.i.am is executive producing it. After the "Scream & Shout" exercise, which went so well, the public seems to really like Britney and Will together. There's something about them that works. He understands who she is and what her audience wants."
Rudolph told Billboard that, "There's a lot of other material on here that is really rich. There's a ballad called 'Perfume' that she recorded recently. Britney wrote it with Sia. It's a breakup song that's about wanting the next girl to smell your perfume on the guy afterwards. The lyric is really unique and she sings the shit out of it. I think everyone will be really impressed by the song. I don't know if it will be the second or third single, but it will definitely be a single."
He continued, "There are a couple other songs that have a really modern EDM vibe and other stuff that has more of a Ray Of Light (Madonna) vibe. I really think of this as Britney's Ray Of Light album -- it's kind of like that in a lot of ways. She wrote everything on the album with collaborators. There's one or two she wrote herself. That's something she wanted to do coming in. She wanted to make it very personal. They're all custom made for her, based on what's going on with her life and in her head." Rudolph added that "there are still about five songs to go."