Global Gossip 04.03.2009: Part 1

BATD ON Mar 04, 2009 AT 1:57 pm

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is to perform a summer residency at London’s O2 arena. He arrived in the UK yesterday (03.03.09) with his three children – Prince Michael, 10, Paris, nine and five-year-old Prince Michael II – in preparation for the 30-date comeback, which is expected to raise the cash-strapped star £150 million. Michael flew into Luton airport where he was shielded by a team of security guards, before being taken by a white limousine to a hotel in Knightsbridge, West London, to prepare for the official announcement tomorrow (05.03.09). Michael has already exchanged contracts with the 20,000 seat venue and is to reveal the exact dates of the residency at a press conference, as well as possibly confirming a new album. Tickets for some shows are expected to go on sale soon, with more to follow depending on fan demand. It is believed the series of concerts will be the only live performances Michael gives this year. In 2007, it was reported Michael was planning to perform at the venue in an effort to solve his money woes. What do you think? Would you pay to watch the Jackson in concert? We’ve got a feeling the King of pop may have been knocked off his throne.

Britney on tour

Britney on tour

Britney Spears kicked off her tour in New Orleans last night (03.03.09). The tour is Britney’s first run of arena shows in nearly five years and featured jugglers, clowns, ninjas and aerial acrobats. The singer showed off her newly-buff body in a series of slinky, revealing costumes, including thigh-high black boots and a feathered cheetah headdress. However, Britney lip-synched on almost all her songs.  The Pussycat Dolls warmed up the crowd from 8pm, playing 40 minutes of their hits including ‘Don’t Cha’, ‘When I Grow Up’ and ‘Bottle Pop’. The crowd erupted when Britney appeared onstage at 9.20pm and didn’t stop screaming until her encore performance of ‘Womanizer’ 90 minutes later. She performed ‘Baby One More Time’, ‘Piece of Me’ and ‘Gimme More’ but refused to speak to the crowd until the very end of the show, when she said: “Thank you New Orleans, I love u guys. Did y’all have a good time? Thank you so much.” Britney, they may still love you over there, but lip-synching and ignoring the crowd just won’t fly over here. You’d better get your act together Ms Spears.

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