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Britney Spears & Jordin Sparks Light Up Philips Arena

SEE THE FULL PHOTO GALLERY:  Britney’s ‘Circus’ revisits Atlanta

Britney Spears brought her Circus Tour to a near capacity Philips Arena for the second time Friday night, September 4, 2009. Opening acts included Jordin Sparks, One Call and Kristina Debarge. After the Big Apple Circus opened with a 14-minute performance of acrobatics, Britney sang “Circus”, “Piece Of Me” and “Radar.”

BRITNEY STATS: According to Zomba Label Group and Sony Music, Spears has sold over 83 million records worldwide. In addition, she is ranked as the eighth best-selling female recording artist in the U.S. with 32 million copies of her albums certified by the RIAA, and is currently the fifth best selling artist act of the decade in the country, as well as the top selling female artist. Spears is also ranked by Forbes‘ 2009 issue as the 13th most powerful celebrity and the 2nd most top-earning young musician with over $35 million dollars in earnings this year. She is listed by the Guinness World Records as having the “Best-selling album by a teenage solo artist” for her debut album …Baby One More Time which sold over thirteen million copies in the United States. ‘Britney Spears’ has been Yahoo!’s most popular search term for the last four consecutive years, seven times in total. Spears was named as Most Searched Person in the Guinness World Recordsbook edition 2007 and 2009. Spears has also become an major influence among many new artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Lady GaGa, Little Boots, and Miley Cyrus who has cited Spears as one of her biggest inspirations and has also reference to Spears in hit her song Party in the U.S.A. Bebo Norman and Busted both wrote songs about Spears called “Britney”.  People magazine and MTV reported that October 1, 2008, Bronx’s John Philip Sousa Middle School, named their music studio in honor of Britney Spears. Spears herself was present during the ceremony and donated $10,000 dollars to the school’s music program.


(Photo Credit:Robb D. Cohen/
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27 comments Add your comment

kitty katz

September 5th, 2009
5:10 pm

Of course not, as a Britney fan I know what’s up and it doesn’t bother me in the least.
She puts on a great show and just seeing her in person is well worth the almost $500 I paid.
She is the Madonna of my generation, I will never tire of her, I will search her on the internet untill my fingers bleed.


September 5th, 2009
5:14 pm

Most artists lip synch during big dance numbers. It is impossible to sing well and dance well at the same time so no, I’m not bothered by it in moderation. However, If I plunk down upwards of $100 for a show, I expect the entertainer to be able to sing their own songs for most of the concert. Madonna is one artist who insists on singing throughout her shows. Her skill level is so low its easy to identify when she is singing live. Even with her limited ability, she puts it out there and, in my opinion, can do no wrong.


September 5th, 2009
6:06 pm

It doesn’t bother me about the lip synching & like kitty katz i think just seeing her is worth the $$ =] She is a Legend love this Girl So Much!!


September 5th, 2009
7:36 pm

oops!!!!she’s at it again! always doing it cos she was born to do it! go Britney you rock… Love u miss sexy Britney..


September 5th, 2009
8:35 pm

Go Britney! Do what you do. Nice shots, she looks good. Love the one with the whip and the men in the back!


September 5th, 2009
9:02 pm

I am Brit’s BIGGEST Fan! She was amazing last night – the 4th concert of hers I have been too and this one was my favorite. She’s back and better than ever. Thanks to my girls for going with me twice in one year!


September 5th, 2009
9:30 pm

I for one don’t believe that she lip- synchs at her shows. I believe that she sings along with her backing tracks!!! Hopefully, I’ll be able to she her at the end of this month!!!! Go, Britney!!!!!


September 5th, 2009
9:31 pm

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September 6th, 2009
1:08 am

nope. most artist lip sync, its hard to dance around stage and sing at the same time without sounding like your running out of breath! its tough. i mean at the boston concert on aug 29, she messed up her own lyrics, but it was funny cus she made like one of those ” oops, i messed up ” faces but continued and put on a great show!


September 6th, 2009
1:10 am

also when i was at her mohegan sun concert in ct in may she lip synced, cus when the crazy fan jumped up on stage she screamed but nobody heard it cus her mic was turned off. she probably does sing long, but she’s still amazing<3

Carmela Kelly

September 6th, 2009
1:16 am

No but it bothers me you didn’t go to her show and do a proper review. This story is from am obvious press release. Gee thanks.


September 6th, 2009
7:52 am

of cours not, lots of singers do it , i love britney spears alot i wish i can meet her….im her fun since i was 10years old and i always be …so go britney go …

Robb Cohen

September 6th, 2009
8:59 am

Carmela, I appreciate your participating in my blog, but kindly explain to me how I was able to shoot this show and post all these photos if I wasn’t at the concert? I’ve been shooting Britney since she opened for N’Sync at the Fox Theatre in November, 1998, and she lip synched then and every other time I’ve ever seen her live. It amazes me how, albeit she is a decent dancer, she is so adolized when she has a mediocre voice which is over-produced with overdubs and recording studio tricks, she does not play an instrument, does not write any of her songs that I am aware of, and she is a terrible role model for young girls and motherhood!


September 6th, 2009
9:18 am

As a mother and a fan of Britney, I was disappointed that she lip synchs. At that level of artistry, I would expect the performer to be genuine and true to herself and her fans. Plenty of artists jump around on stage and still sing. That’s why we go to see them, and that’s what they get paid the big money. That was my first Britney concert and my last.


September 6th, 2009
9:40 am

╬ Britney is d best performer of all time ╬


September 6th, 2009
9:32 pm

No not at all. She dances so well and is amazing and i dont blame her for not having the breath to sing live in concert. She is so amazing and talented!


September 7th, 2009
11:38 am

Robb Cohen, you are wrong. First of all, back then she used to sing live. And she does write her own songs. The most songs that she has written have only appeared on “Britney” and “In The Zone”. But she writes many of her own songs. Most of the time they just don’t make it onto her albums.
It used to bother me that she lip syncs, just because I know she can sing live. But I’m over it now. It doesn’t bother me anymore.


September 7th, 2009
3:39 pm

Doesn’t bother me one bit that she lip sync’s. She is a performer, and she doesn’t just stand there when she is miming. Although, I enjoyed that Alanis cover she sang live.


September 8th, 2009
10:12 am

The practice of lip synching during live performances is normally frowned on and viewed as a crutch used by lesser talents but you do have to consider how much of a dance performance is given too.


September 8th, 2009
1:27 pm

I think it’s a shame that she lip syncs. The bar has been set by other artists who sing LIVE. Think of Beyonce, who dances and sings live during her concerts. I mean really, there is NO comparison. Yes, Britney put on an “entertaining” show with the help of everyone else, but I was extremely disappointed that I was listening to a track being played. The purpose of seeing an artist LIVE is to hear something different from what you can play in your car. I’m just glad I didn’t pay for those tickets because I would’ve had steam coming from my head. I would never see her again unless she sang live!!!


September 9th, 2009
7:08 pm

I don’t care if she lip syncs. She is still a great artist and I will always be a fan no matter what she does. People make mistakes, big deal. I went to this concert and it was a great show. I enjoyed seeing her live even if she did lip sync. Her music is great. She always comes out with something different. And I do look up to her. She is a role model for me. I don’t care how she dresses or the way she dances. People just expect her to do what they want instead of what she wants. Keep up the work great work Britney.


September 10th, 2009
5:06 am

OK, First of all can I just clear this up …… Britney Spears can play the piano and I have seen her doing it … Secondly …. She has co-written a lot of her music …. and thirdly… She is a performance artist, she has never claimed to be a great singer but she is loved for the performace artistry in her music …. from the catchy beats to the flashy videos and the big shows with costumes changes etc…. whether or not she sings live in my opinion is irrelavent …. this woman is a great performer and always has been .

iwentlastnite smith

September 17th, 2009
5:30 pm

so…i went to the houston concert last nite. she is awesome. who cares if she lip sync’s. most of these comments on here need spell check anyway. if u dont like it, dont go see her in concert…duh. she works her butt off. go britney…go britney…go britney…get get it.


October 2nd, 2009
8:49 pm

I think britney spears is an awesome person.If she lip sync’s who cares at lease she sells alot of CD’S and people who don’t like her shouldn’t listen to her music and just leave her alone.Go Britney you rock!


July 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

Robb Cohen thanks for telling these Brain washed Britney Spears fans Like it is. LOL She lip sync when she first came out and still lip sync because she Cant sing, but then again neither can any of the folks that attend her shows…First anyone who even attended her show is probably brain dead. I would not have went if it was free and they drove me there in a rolls royce. OMG LOL Oops I did it again! LOL LOL PLEAZZZZZZZE give me a break. But its your money. And to think this woman gets up there and doe a few tired moves and you all scream, the dancers do all of the work, shes NOt SINGING, so what the hell are you paying for? Its the good for you. I hope she continues to Spend YOUR money. Britney Oops I did it again Spears..I can’t stop laughing at you fools for throwing away your money. but again its your MONEY and Britney LOVES to SPEND IT..You all been HAD and Oops she robbed you all AGAIN! TAKE THEIR MONEY BRITNEY, they would know good singing if they were slapped in the face!

Demetra Teekasingh

August 15th, 2010
7:31 pm

I really Britney’s music a lot and i like the new track rader and i love so much that i can not stop playing it all the time.

Odell Oehm

August 17th, 2010
8:02 am

I mean i really like britney I am one of her fan….