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  1. On March 03, 2009, The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour kicked off in New Orleans. In order to support her sixth studio album, the Circus Tour would be Britney Spears' "comeback" tour since her Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, and after a so-called "public breakdown" in 2007. This was her first tour after being placed under a conservatorship in 2008, despite which, she showed to be totally capable of performing complex dance routines, memorize lyrics, interact with props, participate in magic tricks and even being lifted in the air while blindfolded on the back of two aerialists. The tour got two legs in North America, one in Europe and another one in Australia, where it ended in November, after 97 shows and 1.5M in attendance. The Circus Tour grossed $131.8M (around $160M today) becoming the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009 and 16th overall in the decade of the 00's. Choreographer Jamie King did the casting of the dancers and acrobats while Simon Ellis was in charge of the musical direction. The production design was done by Road Rage, developing the big, circular stage with two smaller satellite rings at the sides, all of which resembled an actual three-ring circus, that was built by Tait Towers. A cylindrical screen above the stage was built by Solotech. Despite its name, the setlist actually included more songs from her albums In the Zone and Blackout, rather than Circus. Circus Piece of Me Radar Ooh Ooh Baby / Hot As Ice Boys If U Seek Amy Me Against the Music (Bollywood Remix) Everytime Freakshow Get Naked (I Got a Plan) Breathe on Me / Touch of My Hand Do Somethin' I'm a Slave 4 U Toxic ...Baby One More Time Womanizer Besides these, the opening night she covered Duffy's I'm Scared. And in subsequent legs, she performed Mannequin and Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know. The concert was never broadcasted live and it didn't receive any DVD release as her previous tours. However, some professional footage of the Copenhagen date exists, provided by Yahoo. While in Paris, Britney talked to ET about the changes on the European leg, and some of her dancers showed the outfits worn onstage. They also revealed Britney and Chase choreographed Mannequin. Feel free to share your favorite clips of the tour, as well as pictures and outfits
  2. By now we PRETTY MUCH have an idea of what 'Original Doll' sound/mood was going to be. Go online and there is a bunch of demos. Did y'all ever notice that some of the leaked demos for Circus including some of the released songs have a common theme/sound. Something way different than the final outcome, was an idea scrapped? Did Womanizer change the whole direction of the album? A lot of Demos and some of the released tracks have this retro vibe (50's/60's/70's) that I believe team Britney was going for, but maybe one of the more modern electro-pop songs like Womanizer, Mannequin, Trouble, and Phonography changed the whole thing up. Which may also explain the inclusion and single release of Radar... Take a listen below to these tracks and write what you think, or if anyone knows tea that too
  3. I have never see a tracklist so messy like Circus, one version have quicksand, another rock me in, another amnesia., and so... Have someone a list of versions of the Deluxe Edition? Is there one version with all the bonus tracks released?
  4. On December 04, 2008, Britney Spears released the Circus music video, the second to be released to promote her album, also titled Circus. It was originally set to be released on December 05, but it was pushed for an early release. It was directed by Francis Lawrence, who had worked in the past with Britney for her I'm a Slave 4 U video. The Circus video was filmed in the last days of October and early fays of November of that year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the 1930's circuses, the video starts with Britney at a vanity where we see her putting on earrings by Bulgari, as well as her perfume Curious. She puts on a jacket and heads to the stage to perform along with her dancers. Throughout the video we see a variety of scenes, from Britney doing the choreography with her backup dancers, a chair routine during the second verse of the song, we see ribbon dancers, clowns, mimes, contortionists, elephants, lions, fire, you name it The video received several nominations at the MTV VMA's 2009, but didn't win any of them: Best Art Direction, Best Choreography (Andre Fuentes), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. It was also nominated for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards of the same year, but lost to Single Ladies. However it won Best Moves at the MTV Australia Awards and Best Video of 2009 in FuseTV. In an interview Britney said she thought about the concept of the video since she listened to the song for the first time. It was also what ultimately gave the concept for the whole album and tour. Britney said about the video: She also talked about picking Francis Lawrence as the director for the video and the choreographer, Andre. The video got criticized by PETA which issued a statement condemning Britney for using "cruelly trained lions and elephants" and demanding her to "stop using exotic animals in her videos and concerts once and for all" (in reference to her 2001 VMA's performance in which she brought a tiger and albino python onstage). They also accused Gari and Kari Johnson, owners of California-based Have Trunk Will Travel, which were the trainers of the elephants that appear on the video, of supporting the use of electric pods to train the animals. Kari told MTV News: There's a Making the Video clip where we can see some comments of Francis Lawrence and Andre Fuentes about the video, and we also get to see different shots, and we even get to see Britney in an outfit holding an umbrella that didn't make the final cut. In the MTV documentary Britney: For the Record, we also get to see more about the behind the scenes of the video, where we also learn that they had technical problems with the wall of fireworks used for some of the solo shots of Britney. The video was uploaded to her YouTube VEVO channel in 2009, where it reached 100M views in 2014 Related:
  5. On December 02, 2008, the day of her 27th birthday, Britney Spears released Circus, the second single off her sixth studio album of the same name. The electropop song was written and produced by Dr. Luke, with collaboration of Claude Kelly, Benjamin Levin and Benny Blanco. Lyrically it talks about Britney's life and career as entertainer and her relationship with the media and the public that observes her, comparing her to a circus performer. In an interview for Hit Quarters, Claude Kelly commented about how Circus came about: Britney herself revealed to have been inspired by this song to set the concept of the album and her tour around it, it "put the whole album together as far as what I wanted my show to be like. You can play with a circus in so many different ways". The song peaked at #3 on the BBH100, but it reached #1 on the Pop Songs and Digital Songs charts, as well the Canadian chart. It was Top 10 in several countries where it charted. The song was performed the same day it was sent to radio on Good Morning America. It was also the release date of Circus, the album in the United States. It was the opening song of her 2009 tour The Circus Starring: Britney Spears And in 2013 it was added to the setlist of her Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me, where it stayed till the end of the show, including the Asian Tour in 2017 and the Piece of Me Tour in 2018. The music video, directed by Francis Lawrence was released on December 04.
  6. On November 28, 2008 Britney Spears released Circus, her sixth studio album, in several European countries. It was released in the United States on December 02 that year, on her birthday. Executive produced by Britney's manager, Larry Rudolph and Theresa LaBarbera, who had collaborated with Britney on Blackout, the predominantly pop album incorporates a lot of rhythms and styles, from sweet ballads such as Out from Under and My Baby, to dance mid-tempos like Unusual You and Shattered Glass, to pop-rock tracks like Rock Me In. The record enlisted many of the collaborators from Britney's past career, like Max Martin, Danja, Guy Sigsworth and Bloodshy & Avant. Other producers were Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, The Clutch, Fernando Garibay, Rob Knox, The Outsyiders, Nicole Morier, among others. Lady Gaga co-wrote the bonus track exclusive to selected countries, Quicksand. The album topped six charts, including the US BB200 and the European Top 100 Albums, while being Top 5 in 10 other countries. It was also Top 10 in the majority of other countries where it charted. Four singles were released in total: Womanizer, Circus, If U Seek Amy and Radar, the latter of which was a bonus track that was originally included on her previous album, Blackout. Kill the Lights received a promo release in a limited edition bonus disc that came with the perfume Circus Fantasy, along with a Circus remix. An animated video was made, with a shortened version of the song, after the concept for it won a fan contest where they had to choose a track of the album and elaborate a storyline for a potential video. Unusual You was rumored to be released as a single in some parts such as Australia and New Zealand. The Discogs website lists an unofficial release for the song, that also included Shattered Glass as track 2. It was never confirmed by Britney's team nor record label the legitimacy of the single. The Deluxe edition of the album includes 15 tracks, Radar included. The bonus tracks released across the different versions around the world are Rock Boy, Amnesia, Trouble and Quicksand. There's two CD + DVD editions that include the Womanizer and Circus videos, the making of these and some photo galleries. In the summer of 2008 it was confirmed that Britney was working on her "comeback album". In an interview for OK! Magazine, Britney described the album as being "more urban" and "her best work to date". One of the first producers to be confirmed for the album was Rodney Jerkins, he commented to Rap-UP TV that the two songs he was working on were "very dance-y, really up-tempo, in the clubs, real aggressive, catchy and very hook-friendly. I'm trying to reinvent her and reinvent myself with the project. I think it's about to be her time again". Another producer confirmed at the time was Sean Garrett, he told EW about working with Britney: "We’re trying to take her stuff to the next level. I’m going to come up with something crazy for her. I like to work on an artist when they count them out...and bring them back". None of these producers' songs made the final tracklist. Other collaborators confirmed but that also didn't appear in the final album were Lil Jon and Taio Cruz. Britney mentioned this had been the longest she had worked on an album. She described Circus as being "lighter" in comparison to the previous record Blackout. On her birthday in 2008, the day of the release of the album in the US, she performed Circus and Womanizer on Good Morning America. Other promo performances for this era were the Bambi Awards in Germany, Star Academy in France, The X Factor UK and in Japan Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ and NTV Best Artist. She performed Womanizer in all these appearances. Besides that, in 2009 she embarked on The Circus Starring: Britney Spears tour, however only the 4 singles and Mannequin were included on the setlist. Lace and Leather would be later performed at her Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.
  7. On November 6, 2008, Britney Spears joined Madonna on her Sticky & Sweet Tour in Los Angeles at the Dodger Stadium to perform Madge's 1995 single Human Nature. This marked Britney's first performance since her appearance at the VMA's 2007, and the first one after being put under a conservatorship in early 2008. Britney wasn't the only ex-Mouseketeer to join Madonna onstage that night. Justin Timberlake appeared right after Britney left the stage to perform with Madonna their duet 4 Minutes. It's unknown whether Britney and Justin had some backstage time together or not. The Human Nature performance featured a backdrop that showed footage of Britney trapped in an elevator, and the version of the tour included Britney's iconic phrase "It's Britney, *****" from her 2007 song Gimme More. We were able to see a little bit of the chat that Madonna and Britney had backstage on MTV's For the Record which aired that year. Madonna reflects about the times that Britney was going through at the moment, and the reason to choose her for that particular song.
  8. On October 10, 2008, Britney Spears released the Womanizer music video, the lead single off her album Circus. The video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who had previously directed Stronger and Toxic videos in 2000 and 2004 respectively. It was filmed in September, and according to Kahn, it was Britney who pitched him the original concept with all the elements that were ultimately used in the final product. In an interview with MTV, Joseph said "She pitched to me a very detailed idea of what she wanted to do. She wanted to dress up in costume, she wanted to follow her man to work, and she eventually wanted to show at the end that she is all three of those women." "It was, like, her first video that no one really knew if she could even come on set, you know? It was just a big question as to you know, like, what would that video look like?" he said. "What shape would she be in? Can she really dance? Can she perform? Who is she at this point?" "Womanizer, for me, was a great experience on a personal level, because it completely verified that she was coming back," he continued. "By the time I worked with her on 'Womanizer,' you know, that was the Britney that I knew and it was a fun experience for me." For the sauna scenes Joseph said: "It was an actual sauna and we built a big tent around it ... and Britney, naked again. I guess I have one of the best jobs in the world. I was like, 'You know, if we do this video, and she went through all this work to get a new paint job, I was gonna show off the paint job — she's gonna be naked in this video.' " "By the time it got out — and the beautiful thing about the Internet is that you get instant reaction — the reaction seemed to be very positive. I'm going to sound like such a wuss, but I think I cried," he said. "That sounds super lame, but come on, man — that's five days of some serious stress. And I had to end the video on her smiling, for sure. Like, we just need to tell everybody that she's OK." About working with Joseph Kahn, Britney said "Working on 'Womanizer' with Joseph was a lot of fun. [...] He makes sure that he gets the types of shots that go with the music. It's not like a movie, it's more like a musical. You know, if I say 'on the hi-hat here or on the drumbeat here, I want my leg to be in the air.' And it's that detail, and it does make a difference, and that's what he can do. It's very rare to find people that still know how to do that." The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the VMA's 2009, but lost to Beyoncé's Single Ladies. However, it did win the Best Pop Video category. In MTV Latin America, it landed at #5 on the Top 100 of 2008. In 2013 it reached the 100M views on her official YouTube account. However it was in February 2020 that it got the most views in a single day, ever since it was uploaded to her account, with 1,395,897 views. It's currently expected to reach 300M views in November. Related:
  9. It's been a while... But I'm here now (jk probably no one even remembers me). So my boyfriend and I started this tradition of watching shows by different artists. We've watched The Onyx Hotel tour, Artrave by Gaga (my favorite so far), also Rihanna's Anti. We've also watched a couple of festivals (Sigrid and Paloma Mami). Aaaaaand now that it's my turn to pick one, I really want us to watch The Circus Starring Britney Spears. The thing is, there are so many different versions on Youtube I don't really know which one's the best! Can yall help me out? Also if you have links to download it that'd be great! Thank you *****es!
  10. Hi! I'm really happy to share my new version of Circus in 4K 60FPS with Lighting Restored + Audio remastered!! I keep now everything in original aspect ratio so it's 4:3. Obviously, it's slightly edited to let it on YouTube. Hope you will enjoy! Other music videos in 4K 60FPS:
  11. hello ❤️ Trouble is one of my favorite Britney songs. I love the backing track for its pressing beat. I dream of a Britney live performance
  12. Despite all the criticism, this is still one of her many great performances This performance solidified her comeback from a turbulent previous year She looks happy, healthy and we could all see that fire in her eyes again
  13. When I was on Twitter posting about my bent Mariah Carey autograph (), I saw a thread about Circus being one of the biggest comeback albums of all time. I immediately scanned and had to share. Agree or agree?
  14. So I was as usual on a Britney Spears youtube black white lightness hole and I found this THIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUarVfOejoc and damn was I ready? I. WAS. NOT. slay enjoy pls collab bye
  15. Did y'all know Out From Under was originally recorded for Bratz?! Just found out tonight listening to this version...holy cow. Idk which version I like better. Thoughts!
  16. Circus vinyl must be coming 🎪 get your coins ready sis 10/30 UPDATE
  17. Welcome to The People's Republic of Exhale, everyone! In this thread Exchange Express yourself!, I wanted to discuss our favourite album covers for every Britney album. It can be both an official album cover or a fanmade one, just an album cover you love. It also doesn't have to be only one, but also don't post, like, 15. So, without further ado, let's begin! Here are my picks: ...Baby One More Time Oops!... I Did It Again Britney In The Zone Blackout Circus Femme Fatale This is the most covers I'll post in this thread: Britney Jean Glory The covers above are easily my favourite fanmade Britney album cover in existence... it's so amazing. I just wish higher quality versions of them existed... Those are all the covers I can think of right now. I couldn't decide on one, so almost all of the albums have more than one cover posted. Also, congratulations to Babblative Japanophilia for being the only Britney album of which the official cover I consider one of the best.
  18. Im listening Circus and when "Rock me in" ends Phonography dont started to play... When i go to iTunes to check, i saw that they added "(Main Version)" to Rock me in and Phonography... Im using iTunes Music. Do somebody know if theres another version of these songs?
  19. https://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/britney-bambi/britney-spears-bambi-awards-14.jpg
  20. That's my ideal "Circus" album, how it could have been. (Personal priorities) First of all, the album's cover, I love this one very much. Ideal setlist of album: 01. "Dramatic" - Well, this song has a great circus vibe and could be a great opener for an album. 02. "Womanizer" - I personally don't like it (just not my type), but this song made a legendary comeback. (1st single) 03. "Circus" - it's pure perfection and video is lit. (2nd single) 04. "Out from Under" - I love how Britney sing here, gives a real emotional picture and connection. (4rd single) 05. "Shattered Glass" - everything in this track is great, a bop (possible 5th single, huh?) 06. "Mannequin" - mystery song, like it at the same page with "Freakshow" 07. "Freakshow" - same as for "Mannequin". 08. "Amnesia" - love this classic Britney, you love this song or dislike, but it definitely gives positive energy. 09. "Blur" - a compatible good song from Danja, that's what we need. 10. "Quicksand" (ft. Lady Gaga) - love this song, and how Gaga's background vocals sound like a duo. 11. "If You Seek Amy" - legendary F.U.C.K me controversy, ideally for Circus. 12. "Unusual You" - I don't like this song, but it suits album itself and others do like it too, okay for B-side. 13. "Telephone" (ft. Lady Gaga) - could be a tough album ender with iconic video, instead of Beyonce. (3rd single) Deluxe edition: 14. "Phonography" 15. "Lace and Leather" 16. "Dangerous" I'm sorry for fans of "Mmm Papi" and "My Baby", I just don't like these songs What is your opinion?
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