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Thursday, April 13, 2000

Associated Press
Singer Britney Spears arrives at the American Music
Awards on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles. She is to arrive
in Honolulu on Apr.23.

Britney Spears
to put on free
Waikiki concert

The April 24 concert will be
part of a Fox special that will
show the singer at scenic locales

By Tim Ryan


Teen superstar Britney Spears is coming to Hawaii to perform a free concert on Waikiki Beach.

The sunset concert -- April 24 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village -- will be part of Fox TV's hour-long "Britney in Hawaii."

The special is also expected to include vignettes of Spears at several scenic Oahu locations: Waimea Falls Park, swimming with the dolphins at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, shopping, hula dancing and lei making.

The broadcast was originally scheduled to air next month during sweeps week for the Nielsen ratings but has been pushed back to June.

The 18-year-old Spears, whose new single is "Oops!...I Did It Again," burst on the music scene last summer with hit singles and sexy videos. Her new CD goes on sale May 16.

Spears will be accompanied by dozens of dancers in the unprecedented concert on Waikiki Beach. She is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu on April 23.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is providing accommodations for many of the 150 mainland cast and crew being brought here by Spears' record company, Jive records, and producer Greg Sills, in exchange for advertising promotions.

Independent producer Sills, of Beverly Hills, is producing the show in collaboration with Jive. Tom Moffatt is the local promoter.

"Yes, we're coming to Hawaii to film a Britney Spears special," Sills said about his first production with the pop phenom. "The decision was made a month ago. Britney loves Hawaii and we will be filming all over the island with her for about five days."

During Spears' visit here in December, when she attended the 'N Sync concerts, she had her now-famous bellybutton pierced at a Kapiolani Boulevard piercing business.

Scenarios being considered for the Spears around-the-island video have her being on vacation, emailing friends about what a great place Hawaii is, and visiting North Shore beaches and the North Shore Market Place. Sources said the video may be used as a backdrop during her extensive U. S. tour this summer.

Sills and his production crew will arrive in Honolulu on Sunday and expect to begin construction of the beach stage Wednesday.

No limit has been set on the number of people attending the concert.

"Whatever is safe," Sills said. "But we will be supplying ample security."

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