Britney Spears’ Birthday ‘Circus’ Release and 2009 Tour Dates

Britney Spears releases her hotly anticipated sixth studio album, Circus, on Tuesday — which is a special day for Spears, as it also marks the singer’s 27th birthday.

Although some critics are heralding the album as a welcome comeback and the “return of Britney”, others have called the album “too varied for its own good”.

Circus is a prime example of an album that should have been a series of EPs. The banger “If U Seek Amy” is rightly lumped with “Unusual You,” but the two standouts are surrounded by ballads and other tracks varying the album’s pace beyond the restraints of tolerance. Simply considering the volume of material produced for the album, four or five EPs could have easily released, each having at least one single, each revealing a different side to Spears. But as is the case, while being a surprisingly strong effort, Circus is too varied for its own good.

Britney Spears fans will be pleased to learn that Spears has announced U.S. tour dates for 2009. The tour will begin in New Orleans on March 3rd and conclude April 28th in Rosemont, Illinois.

Show details and venue information are below:

Tue, 03/03/09
7:30 PM
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, LA

Thu, 03/05/09
08:00 PM
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

Sat, 03/07/09
07:30 PM
American Airlines Arena
Miami, FL

Sun, 03/08/09
07:30 PM
St Pete Times Forum
Tampa, FL

Wed, 03/11/09
08:00 PM
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Fri, 03/13/09
08:00 PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Mon, 03/16/09
08:00 PM
TD Banknorth Garden
Boston, MA

Tue, 03/24/09
08:00 PM
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

Thu, 03/26/09
07:30 PM
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, CT

Fri, 03/27/09
08:00 PM
Mellon Arena
Pittsburgh, PA

Tue, 03/31/09
08:00 PM
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX

Fri, 04/03/09
08:30 PM
Target Center
Minneapolis, MN

Thu, 04/09/09
08:00 PM
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA

Sat, 04/11/09
08:00 PM
ARCO Arena
Sacramento, CA

Sun, 04/12/09
07:00 PM
HP Pavilion At San Jose
San Jose, CA

Tue, 04/14/09
07:30 PM
EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City, UT

Thu, 04/16/09
08:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA

Sun, 04/19/09
08:00 PM
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA

Fri, 04/24/09
08:00 PM
Glendale, AZ

Tue, 04/28/09
08:00 PM
Allstate Arena
Rosemont, IL

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