After announcing that she was taking a break from Las Vegas and going abroad this summer, Britney Spears is now responsible for delaying an Israeli election, and who knew that the Princess of Pop could be such a political force?
It was announced that this summer Britney would be giving her Vegas showgirl credentials a well-deserved break and would instead be heading out on tour. The singer announced a string of shows in Japan, a show in the Philippines, and a huge outdoor appearance in Tel Aviv, Israel, her first time performing in the country. What’s more, the pop music legend is expected to announce dates in Europe, too.
Of course, international audiences are desperate for a piece of Britney, and the shows will mark the first time the singer has performed outside of the U.S. in over five years (bar an appearance at the Apple Music Festival in London last year).
In fact, Israel is so eager for Spears’ concert in Tel Aviv that they’re even delaying an election so the two events don’t clash.
Brit is due to play in Tel Aviv on July 3rd, which just happens to be the same day as the Labor Party’s leadership election. And, according to Israeli publication Haaretz, Britney’s concert has led to the political party deferring their election by one day to July 4th.
While officials didn’t mention BritBrit by name (they discussed a “major event”), it seems that there were concerns regarding the amount of security guards needed. As The Times reports, officials were also worried about traffic and that prospective voters might be attending the concert instead of voting in the primaries. Iconic.
Meanwhile, PopCrush recently reported that Spears might be about to take an even longer extended break from her “Piece of Me” Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. Quoting the Las Vegas Review Journal, the publication revealed that Brit’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph had said that, come December 31, Brit might be set to leave the Strip. Part of this, both publications speculate, could be down to 2018 being the 20th anniversary of Britney’s megahit, “…Baby One More Time.”
The reports also suggest that Britney might update her Las Vegas residency and work on her recently teased new album, which follows 2016’s Glory and would would be her 10th overall LP.
Hopefully, however, Britney will be able to avoid causing anymore major international political incidents.