Britney Spears promised a “big surprise” on “Good Morning America” Tuesday.
It came in the form of a highly-theatrical appearance that found the pop star helicoptered into the Las Vegas desert.
Twenty-eight buses carried 1,300 fans — and one Sam Champion — into the middle of nowhere to watch the “Oops!… I Did It Again” songstress make her heavily-built-up announcement.
Spears told Champion that she will be taking up a two-year residency performing at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, though we pretty much knew that already.
Tickets for “Britney: Piece of Me” go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT. She will perform 50 shows each year.
In the pre-recorded conversation, Spears also weighed in on Miley Cyrus‘ MTV VMA performance:
“I think anytime you’re doing a performance that is that memorable, you’re going to have criticism,” Spears said. “I think she’s doing her thing. She’s being herself — so I give props to her.”
The pop star also told Champion that her first kiss was at age 13 with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Spears arrived live in the desert via helicopter, while below her scores of fans flipped some cards over from below forming photos of the pop star. The mother of two admitted to getting sick while hovering above.
From the comfort of the earth, Spears announced that her new untitled album will be released Dec. 3.
The entire thing streamed live on her website.
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