Remember when queen of pop/life in general Britney Spears announced that she was going to do a Las Vegas residency? Again?
Just ten months after the wrap of her previous one that had 248 shows and lasted exactly four years in length? Which also had an offshoot tour of its own in between?
All of THAT to say: “Britney: Piece of Me” was extremely successful (not to mention life-giving, enlightening, cathartic, etc etc). Her second Sin City situation, not so much! After an abrupt postponement announcement in January 2019 by Spears “herself” (lots of theories here), a rep from Park MGM now confirms that “Britney: Domination” has been canceled.
It all happened in a single social media update – one that felt v different than the emoji-filled, hyper-punctuated, “just-got-my-first-iPhone-mid-pandemic” sorta vibes we’re catching now. Spears, 38, shared a childhood photo alongside both parents which looks to have been taken after a dance recital.
“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” the January 4th post began. “I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart.”
At the time of posting, “Domination” was set to kick off the next month (in February 2019).
Spears then detailed the importance of “putting family first…and that’s the decision [she] had to make.”
“A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand.”
Jamie Spears, 67, suffered a spontaneous colon rupture in November 2018 – roughly one month after “Britney: Domination” was announced.
All that really came in the aftermath was lots of speculation and a piece of ~~me~~ the setlist.
But there was the tweet below where ParkMGM confirmed that Spears’ sophomore residency was simply postponed, not canceled, AND that “updates on Domination will be shared when available.”
It turns out what they meant by “when available” was actually “in 15 months.” Interestingly, the promised information was, in fact, shared, but it wasn’t offered – getting a firm answer required a ticketholder contacting the venue directly this much later. They received a response and – “Lucky” for us (ambivalence intended) – provided their receipts to the public.
That's correct. More information and updates on Domination will be shared when available.
— LIVEatMGM (@LIVEatMGM) January 4, 2019
“At this time the residency has been canceled. Things can always change, but that is the current information we have.” The email was signed off by Dan Radabaugh, Ticket Office Manager of ParkMGM’s Park Theater. While there is no timestamp shown on the email itself, the user shared the screenshot on March 7th.
Guess we can stop dreaming of “Domination” derailing the disease and go watch “Crossroads” for the x-hundredth time. On the real, though, as someone put it, “that entire thing was fishy as hell from the start. The way they shoved her into that SUV on announcement day was a MAJOR red flag.”