Britney Spears With Nicki Minaj
Femme Fatale Tour
Support: Jessie and the Toy Boys, Nervo
Dates: June 16 - August 14 (North America) September 22 - November 9 (Europe)
Price: $30 - $350
This tour got plenty of attention out of the box. Within minutes of announcing on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she'd tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz broke the news that Iglesias was off the bill. A few days later it was announced that Nicki Minaj would fill the spot. Live Nation will produce the tour, which begins June 16 in Sacramento, Calif., and is projected to play nearly 40 shows. Spears last went out with AEG Live on her 2009 Circus tour. Billed as a comeback, it grossed $120 million worldwide by moving 1.3 million tickets to 84 shows. One wrinkle: Larry Rudolph's Reign Deer Management, which handles Spears, is now affiliated with the Front Line Group of managers, a division of Live Nation Entertainment headed by Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff. Industry scuttlebutt about the tour indicates that early sales are less than staggering, but if enough dates are played, don't be surprised to see Spears among the top 25 touring artists at year's end.