Britney Spears Begins Long-Term Las Vegas Show

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    Britney Spears on October 15, 2013 in London, England.

    Las Vegas is getting its newest pop fixture.

    Britney Spears begins her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Friday, just in time to catch the town's massive New Year's Eve crowds.

    The Grammy-winning singer will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015. Casino executives say the gig may be extended if it proves a success.

    Spears, 32, is expected to lip-sync to her biggest hits, including "Oops. I Did It Again," ''...Baby One More Time" and "Toxic."

    She's among the youngest stars to have settled down to quasi-retirement in Las Vegas. Other successful Strip headliners include Celine Dion and Elton John.

    The show takes place in a relatively intimate theater with nightclub touches, including table and bottle service. Tickets range from $59 to $179.

    The pop princess shared a behind-the-scenes rehearsal image on Twitter Friday, along with the caption: "Can't believe the 1st show is almost here!!! #PieceOfMe" - see below.

    Before the announcement of the residency, Spears' strongest Las Vegas tie derived from her short-lived marriage here. A 22-year-old Spears married her childhood friend in Sin City in 2004, and got the marriage annulled 55 hours later.

    Spears made a grand Las Vegas entrance this month with fire-breathers, contortionists, snake charmers and hunky dancers welcoming her during a staged event at Planet Hollywood.

    A portion of the Strip was temporarily closed so that she could pull up to the casino in a convertible. Spears told Las Vegas, "this is my city" now, then immediately went home to Los Angeles.

    Spears has released seven platinum-plus albums since she debuted on the music scene in 1999. Her eighth album, "Britney Jean," was released this month to tepid reviews.