How Britney Spears Could Change Las Vegas Forever

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas has traditionally been a place where pop stars go to retire. Legacy acts like Elton John and Shania Twain no longer light up the radio like they used to, but they have a loyal and aging fan base that’s reached its peak earning years and can afford to travel to a show instead of waiting for a show to come to them.

Britney Spears’ fans are still paying off their student loans.

Britney: Piece of Me opened its two-year run Friday at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and marks the first time a pop star born during the Reagan administration has headlined a multiyear Las Vegas residency.

“Britney’s always been a trailblazer and it makes sense that she would take this on,” the show’s director Baz Halpin told BuzzFeed.

Halpin said he believes Spears could change the stigma surrounding Las Vegas residencies for younger recording artists.

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