Britney Spears will be scoring a huge salary increase for her Vegas residency deal. The singer has signed a two-year contract to perform 48 shows per year at Planet Hollywood, which will earn her nearly $15 million per year, or $310,000 per show. Contract details show that Spears will take in more than 60 percent of the show’s sales, which are projected at $508,514 per night, and it is assumed that all of the Planet Hollywood gigs will sell out. No official dates have been announced yet, but the “Work B*tch” singer is scheduled to start performing in Vegas this winter.
TMZ reports that producers are hoping that in exchange for the staggering salary, Spears’ Vegas gig will stand out amongst other shows on the strip by creating a “cool, hip club-like show.” However, it’s unclear how much creative control the singer will have over the performances or stage surroundings. She will also likely face some stiff competition in the coming years, with Shania Twain reportedly planning on putting together her own Vegas show and Adele reportedly in talks for a Vegas residency.
Despite her enormous $30 million paycheck, Spears will still make less money than reigning Vegas goddess Celine Dion. Dion makes $476,000 per show, but does a total of 70 shows per year. The additional time off could be critical for Spears, who has openly struggled with mental issues in recent years. She is still under a court-ordered conservatorship, with her father assuming direct control over her estate.
It doesn’t seem that money will be an issue for Spears, though. She also received $15 million last year for a single season on the judging panel of X Factor. She declined to return for another season at the beginning of this year, with show insiders believing that producers nixed her demand of a $3 million salary increase, claiming she simply “wasn’t worth that much.”
The news of Spears’ Vegas contract also comes on the heels of her latest single, “Work B*tch,” which was released to digital retailers this morning, less than 24 hours after the song was leaked in full. The song serves as the lead single for her forthcoming eighth studio album, and a music video for the track was filmed and directed by Ben Mor in Malibu, Calif. Since being released to YouTube, an official video of the track has racked up over 1.4 million views.