It's the fans who are hyper-critical and don't buy. Fans are who really matter when it comes to music success for "older" artist. Fan praise and promote their favs. This fanbase puts Britney down before the GP would even get the chance. Glory didn't sell because Make me wasn't a hit. And there were a few reasons for that.
It didn't get good callback numbers in middle America which left the big cities carrying the song. And that meant sells and streaming were affected which meant the big stations slowly stopped supporting the song. But really the fans were unhappy about the wait for the video and then the released video and stopped requesting. A fan push on the middle America stations would have had a big impact. Instead, we just bitched.
As for the iheart performance this thread is about? I personally thought Britney was cute as can be and I loved every minute of her performance. Britney showing radio that she is strong and confident was one of the best things she can do for her future success. Britney had fun and show cased songs from each album except for my two favs But you don't see me going all meltdowny.
Sure I can nit pick the setlist. if I put this performance together I would have taken either stronger/Crazy out and the Missy dance break as well. I would have had her do all of Work Bitch and Gimme More and ended with TTWEs. Or maybe even taken out both stronger/Crazy and had her perform a 3rd Glory song. But I love the songs performed and I loved seeing Britney smile doing the Missy breakdown and the dancers show off. Britney keeping herself in Vegas limited her dancers chance to perform out of it since they didn't have a lot of free time during the big events since Britney often made sure she was doing a POM date around them. Britney has really highlighted her dancers this year. And I don't see that as a bad thing. She cares about and respects them.
And the lip sync is always going to be criticized but it's something the fans should just ignore within the GP discussions. And within fan discussions it should be more a encouraging her to sing live or at least asking the question of why she doesn't sing live. There really is no reason to be hyper negative about it since that isn't going to help. And imo lip syincing and prerecorded vocals are the samething. Yes, I know the value of making a performance feel live but I don't get the fans having meltdowns about it. Lip syncing is lip syncing.
Any why I don't know why these threads aren't merged into a more centralized iheart thread. One person's opinion shouldn't be given extra weight of their own thread.