In less than a week, pop superstar Britney Spears has shown that even with all her tabloid headlines, she is still a fan favorite, selling 500,000 concert tickets and 505,000 albums.

Her upcoming arena tour, The Circus Starring Britney Spears, kicks-off in New Orleans, LA on March 3. In the days following her tour announcement on “Good Morning America” on December 2, fans purchased more than 400,000 concert tickets in North America alone.

Tour promoter AEG Live immediately added six shows in Los Angeles and Anaheim, CA; Toronto, ON; Newark, NJ; Chicago, IL; and Uniondale, NY, expanding Spears’ North American tour to 34 concerts. Across the pond, six additional dates were just added at London’s O2 Arena with more than 100,000 tickets sold for eight total shows during the first weekend of sales.

Spears made music history by becoming the first female ever to have five No. 1 album debuts. Her sixth studio album, “Circus,” debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. according to SoundScan, selling over 505,000 albums, and also enters at No. 1 on the Digital Albums chart. This is the second biggest album debut of the year for a female artist.

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Released on her 27th birthday, “Circus” is an international success, as well. The album debuted at No. 1 in six countries including Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Top 10 in an additional seven countries. This follows the reception of her hit single “Womanizer,” currently a Top 10 single in 16 countries worldwide and is certified gold in six countries, and platinum in Canada and Ireland.

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