So much for the rumors of a $100 million per year deal for Britney Spears to become an artist-in-residence at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment told BuzzFeed today that they are in not in talks with Spears, and she will not be coming to Caesars' Colosseum anytime soon.
Emily Wofford, public relations director for Caesars Entertainment, confirmed that there was no space in the schedule for Spears. "We are packed every weekend" for months, Wofford said.
Wofford added that Caesars "is engaged with a number of today's top artists in discussions regarding headlining residencies at our venues in Las Vegas," but that Caesars Entertainment was not currently in talks with Spears.
She did say, however, that Caesars is "always interested in having artists with the caliber of Britney Spears performing at our theaters."
Reports began to surface that Spears was in serious talks to do a stint at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace shortly after she announced she would not be returning to Fox's The X Factor next season, leading to speculation that the Caesars rumor might have been a timely leak by the Spears camp designed to divert attention from that story.
The Colosseum is currently hosting residencies by Celine Dion, Elton John, and Shania Twain through 2014; Rod Stewart also has a two-year contract with Caesars that will be up in August of this year.
Another venue floated as a possible site for a Spears show was Planet Hollywood's 7,000-seat PH Live theater, managed by Base Entertainment. According a knowledgeable source in Vegas, the nail was put in the coffin of that deal when hypnotist Marshall Sylver announced last week that he would kick off an open-ended residency at the theater on March 19.
Still, there might be hope left for Spears fans. "There was one definite offer for Britney in Las Vegas. A second one followed when the news broke," a second Vegas source said, adding that the prospect is still under "serious consideration," but no deal will firm up until Spears has completed recording her new album, currently under way.
Surprisingly, part of the reason for the reluctance to book Spears may have little to do with her. This same Vegas source suggested that Vegas executives — dependent upon tourist dollars and always attuned to public sentiment — might have been scared away from Spears following the furor over Beyoncé's lip-synching of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration earlier this month. With Spears' own lip-synching history, the incident may have given many promoters the chills. "I've heard no talk about Britney since the Beyoncé incident," another source familiar with the Las Vegas landscape said.