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Postby MrLeonix » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:06 pm

Billboard: Britney Spears' Piece of Me Show: By the Numbers

Spears' Las Vegas spectacular closes on Dec. 31, 2017 after four years.

1, 2, “3…” The final countdown is on.

Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, will come to a close on Dec. 31, 2017, after four years and 249 performances.

The pop diva opened the long-running spectacle on Dec. 27, 2013 at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. At the time, the show was planned to run for 100 performances over two years. But, Piece of Me proved to be so successful, it was extended on into 2017. Earlier this year, in April, Spears’ final shows at The AXIS were announced, with Spears commenting in a statement that she had “no idea how magical this experience would be… I love Las Vegas and will miss performing this show.”

Piece of Me is going out on a high note, too. In November, it received four Gold Best of Las Vegas 2017 Awards, voted on by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It was named best production show, best resident performer/headliner, best bachelorette party and best bachelor party.

Let’s take a look at some of the eye-popping facts and figures connected to Britney: Piece of Me.

Britney: Piece of Me — By the Numbers:

881,000: Number of tickets sold to Britney: Piece of Me, through its Oct. 28 performance, according to Billboard Boxscore. Billboard estimates by the time the show closes on Dec. 31, more than 900,000 will have been sold. Among those 900,000 attendees: celebrities like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Kirsten Dunst, Selena Gomez, Calvin Harris, JAY-Z, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, Sia and Steven Tyler.

$130 million: Piece of Me has generated more than $130 million in ticket sales and will likely generate another $5-6 million through its closing night performance.

2,000: Estimated number of bachelorette parties that have attended the show.

7,300: Number of fans Spears has met backstage during the Piece of Me run.

24 million: Number of pulls on the Britney Spears Slot Game across Las Vegas. Produced by Artistocrat, the Britney Spears Slot Game debuted in September of 2015 and is featured in Caesars Entertainment properties across Las Vegas.

240: Number of “Freakshow” victims that have guest-starred in the Piece of Me show. They include celebrities like Lance Bass, Tyson Beckford, Howie Dorough, The Fat Jew, Kathy Griffin, Colton Haynes, Perez Hilton, Mario Lopez, AJ McLean, Tyler Oakley and Whitney Port.

90 minutes: Average running time of each show.

26: Average number of songs featured in each performance.

8-12: Number of costume changes Spears makes through each show.

250-plus: Number of individual garments produced for the cast of Piece of Me.

16: Number of dancers in the show. A four-piece band backs Spears onstage as well.

400: Number of moving lights used in Piece of Me.

3,500: Square feet of LED surface used in the show’s staging.

60: High-definition projectors are used through the show, making it the largest projection theater in the world, according to Caesars Entertainment.

4,600: Capacity of The AXIS Theater for Spears’ show, as well as 28 tables with bottle service provided by Drai’s Management Group.
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Postby Wayne » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:54 pm

This week:

13 Tony Bennett Encore Theater at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 1, 3-4, 8, 10-11, 2017 $1,040,631 6,664 / 7,451 6 / 4 $500, $299.50, $129.50, $65 AEG Presents/Wynn Las Vegas
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Postby Wayne » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:21 pm

Nothing on last week's Billboard Boxscore chart.
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Postby Wayne » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:22 pm

This week:

3 Celine Dion The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 7-8, 10-11, 14-15, 17-18, 21, 24-25, 2017 $7,504,573 45,304 / 46,387 11 / 7 $500, $250, $140, $55 AEG Presents/Caesars Entertainment
7 Backstreet Boys The Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 8, 10-11, 15, 17-18, 2017 $2,748,074 18,811 / 23,716 6 / 0 $294, $170, $94, $34 Caesars Entertainment/Live Nation
8 Britney Spears The Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 1, 3-4, 2017 $2,297,375 12,551 / 13,241 3 / 0 $495, $179, $94, $54 Caesars Entertainment
21 Donny & Marie The Showroom at The Flamingo Las Vegas, Nev. Oct. 30, Nov. 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 2017 $980,341 10,591 / 14,427 20 / 0 $283, $136, $119, $104 Caesars Entertainment
66 Lionel Richie The Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 29, 2017 $262,857 2,016 / 3,122 1 / 0 $283.61, $199.56, $166.56, $77.56 Caesars Entertainment/Live Nation

Dismal numbers for Lionel.
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Postby MrLeonix » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:35 pm

^ So based on those last reported dates the average gross per show would be:

Celine Dion - $682K per show
Backstreet Boys - $458K per show
Britney Spears - $766K per show
Donny & Marie - $49K per show
Lionel Richie - $263K per show
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Postby Wayne » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:30 pm

^ Expect Britney’s to stay high, and in that 700-800k bracket- it happens to all the big names, as they are about to end their residencies.
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Postby Wayne » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:25 pm

This week's Vegas related boxscores...

2 Reba McEntire & Brooks & Dunn The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 29, Dec. 1-2, 5, 8-10, 2017 $3,705,171 27,741 /
29,299 7 / 2 $205, $155, $105, $59.50 AEG Presents/Caesars Entertainment
37 Harry Connick Jr. Encore Theater at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 17-18, Dec. 1-2, 2017 $931,848 5,222 /
5,580 4 / 2 $300, $225, $175, $59.50 AEG Presents/Wynn Las Vegas
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Postby Wayne » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:53 am

Lady Gaga is getting a residency in Vegas...

Lady Gaga Announces Las Vegas Residency: 'I'll Leave My Heart On Stage Every Single Night'

Lady Gaga announced Tuesday (Dec. 19) that she will begin a two-year special engagement at the 5,300-seat Park Theater in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018.

“It’s the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli," Lady Gaga said in a press release announcing the residency. "It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas. I am humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before. I’ll tell you exactly what I told my MGM and Park Theater partners - you can count on this performer always for one thing…I’ll leave my heart on the stage every single night. Thank you to my fans for always believing in me. Meet me in Las Vegas baby, we did it!”

President of MGM Resorts International Bill Hornbucke added that the announcement is monumental for Lady Gaga fans, MGM Resorts and the Park MGM brand. "We have all been wowed by Lady Gaga’s raw talent, but the passion, commitment and creativity she is prepared to bring to this engagement will truly be transformational…Las Vegas, get ready to become the Entertainment Capital of the Universe.”

The six-time Grammy nominee just wrapped up the North American leg of the Joanne World Tour. Tickets and more information about Lady Gaga's special engagement will be available in the coming months.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... -residency
Bit shady that she didn't include Celine in that list of names given that Celine is the preeminent act in Vegas since Elvis - however, shan't hold it against her. :lol: Celine seriously changed the game with Vegas, so many big names have come since.

Gaga is perfect for Vegas.
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Postby alfiebot » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:01 am

Even more stranger is not mentioning Cher, who's 1 of Gaga's biggest idols, and who was one of earliest performers there since the early 70s, even performing at Caesars at the same time as Sinatra during her late 70s/early 80s residency.

Either way, good for Gaga!
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Postby Wayne » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:06 am

This week's Vegas boxscores...

3 Cher The Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 8, 10-11, 15, 17-18, 21, 24-25, 2017 $4,871,555 30,995 / 35,362 9 / 0 $475, $60 AEG Presents
15 Lionel Richie The Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nev. Dec. 8-9, 13, 2017 $841,431 6,941 / 10,051 3 / 0 $495, $124, $94, $34 Caesars Entertainment/Live Nation

Lionel's numbers are shocking - they are Bette Midler/Shania Twain-esqe.

Not amazing numbers for Cher either.
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Postby travextina » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:47 pm

tbh i think there are so many acts there at this moment that makes them all fail to reach the sold out every single night. But since there are more artists to come on the next year, i guess the Casinos ans Resorts are making lots of money with all the other things.
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Postby Wayne » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:28 pm

travextina wrote:tbh i think there are so many acts there at this moment that makes them all fail to reach the sold out every single night. But since there are more artists to come on the next year, i guess the Casinos ans Resorts are making lots of money with all the other things.
I think that as long as you're above 90%, you're doing good - I think that 80% is probably the point at which you're loss-making.
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:20 am

OMG, no mention Barbra, the first pop female had successful residency in Las Vegas during middle and late 60s. And none female did it same level again until Celine redefined the residency. Barbra is Gaga's two biggest influence( Barbra and Madonna who she refer as two sisters).
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:24 am

Industry wont ingore Celine's influence and position
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On the Heels of Lady Gaga, the Economics of Las Vegas Residencies Reach New Highs
Shirley Halperin
December 21, 2017 6:00AM PST

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The race to lock down Las Vegas’ highest-paying residency is heating up with Lady Gaga announcing a two-year engagement at the MGM Park Theater. According to two well-placed sources, Gaga is guaranteed just over a million dollars per show, and is committed to 74 appearances. Should all go well with ticket sales, she could extend that run, inching closer to the $100 million mark, a new — and record — threshold for the city and for even the biggest of current pop artists. Gaga stands to earn even more on merchandise sales — typically a 50/50 split with the venue — and VIP offerings.

The price tag for a superstar artist’s residency has been inching up steadily in the post-recession years and as more and more acts, both contemporary (like Bruno Mars, also performing a run of shows at the MGM Park Theater, and Pitbull) and heritage (Cher), nostalgic (Backstreet Boys) and somewhere in between (Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears), plant semi-permanent roots in the desert outpost.

It’s a rite of passage that goes back to the days of Elvis Presley and Dean Martin, the hottest acts of their respective days, but one that eventually gave way to those whose careers were careening to a halt. Which is why in recent decades Las Vegas was viewed more as a destination for also-rans — where a musician goes to die, was a common crack. Not so any more.

“Years ago, artists would put up their noses if I mentioned the thought of a Vegas residency,” says Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who has helmed Celine Dion’s Vegas production at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum and, with Raj Kapoor, also produced Mariah Carey’s Colosseum residency and John Fogerty’s Wynn residency. “Honestly, Celine changed all that in one fell swoop and now everyone wants in. I think acts are reacting to the rigors of the road, the uncertainty of fickle audiences today, and the advantages of being in one place for a defined period of time. Frankly, I’d love to do Gaga there… We’ve had some great moments with her over the years and she’s an absolutely perfect act for Las Vegas.”

But industry insiders contend that the Gaga numbers don’t add up in a way that makes financial sense for MGM Resorts, the hotel and casino giant with a current valuation of over $30 billion. “At the very high range, an act might clear $500,000,” says one representative of major music artists who’s familiar with the economics of Vegas residencies. “And that’s at a complete sell-out.” Whether the act draws people to the hotel’s and casino’s bars and restaurants doesn’t get factored into such a talent buy. Rather, it’s a matter of ticket pricing and being able to offer a more affordable tier — or not. At the reported Gaga rate, that means a seat in the 5,200-capacity theater would cost the ticket buyer at least $200 just to clear Gaga’s take-home, a steep price, her production value notwithstanding.

For comparison, tickets to Jennifer Lopez’s residency at the Axis Planet Hollywood range in price from $54 to $412. A recent three-night bow grossed $2.1 million, according to concert industry trade Pollstar, with the venue at 90% capacity and 11,408 in attendance. Also at the Axis is Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me” show (pictured below), which has been running since 2013. This year, it surpassed $135 million in box office gross. When Spears re-upped her commitment to Planet Hollywood in Sept. 2015, the deal was reported to be worth $35 million, a new bar at that time.


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The music stars who offer the biggest bang for a host hotel’s buck in Las Vegas? Dance music DJs like Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Avicii. Paydays for top names in EDM can add up to $400,000 per night, on the high end, but that’s without the expensive set-up of a pop star’s show. “One guy and a laptop,” cracks the insider. “It’s like printing money.”

But Vegas, like the stock market, fluctuates with the times, and it wasn’t all that long ago that the city experienced a bloody and tragic occurrence outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 58. No doubt the extra efforts put towards security for all major music events will also mean an added expense for the proprietor — perhaps one that is passed down to the consumer. There’s also the lingering PTSD of the local community to contend with.

On the other hand, escapist pop art like Lady Gaga’s may be just what the city needs. “Lady Gaga is a phenomenal performer and her shows transport you to another world night after night,” says Mike Snedegar, a marketing executive at the Tao Group, which operates Vegas’ Tao and Marquee, hot spot favorites of celebrities (actress Priyanka Chopra is pictured below) and music stars.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, who puts on the enormous Electric Daisy Carnival catering to a young, dance-minded crowd: “We want to create a fantasy world for people.”
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Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:17 pm

Of course they won't - Celine changed the game for EVERYONE, she made it possible for everyone from Elton John to Cher to Bette Midler to Mariah Carey to Britney Spears to Shania Twain to Jennifer Lopez to Lady Gaga.

What she's done in Vegas has revolutionised live entertainment forever - what a legacy to have,
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:29 pm

Wayne wrote:Of course they won't - Celine changed the game for EVERYONE, she made it possible for everyone from Elton John to Cher to Bette Midler to Mariah Carey to Britney Spears to Shania Twain to Jennifer Lopez to Lady Gaga.

What she's done in Vegas has revolutionised live entertainment forever - what a legacy to have,
Thought good for children, but not.a perfect choice for her voices and Sony and fans. She should have gross more with more tour and promot album more successful, a new day could be over 15 million, one heart might be 10 million, every albumsince 02 would have sold more.
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Postby MrLeonix » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:32 pm

VICE: Lady Gaga's Las Vegas Residency Is Going to Rule
Her imagination knows no bounds – that combined with a Vegas budget means concert-goers are in for a real treat.

If you have ever been to a Lady Gaga concert, the news that she has cut a deal to perform a two year-long Las Vegas residency at the MGM Park Theatre will be a) no surprise at all, and b) music to your ears. Lady Gaga is a dream Vegas resident: she's a hammy theatre kid with triple threat chops, and a formidable live singer and instrumentalist. She's essentially Streisand and Spears in one package, and her show is going to be, objectively speaking, amazing.

According to Variety, the as-yet untitled show (which Gaga promises will be "brand new") will run for 74 dates, starting at the end of 2018, over two years, with an open-ended possibility for more dates. Variety also states that "The deal is said to be potentially valued at nearly $100 million [~£75 million], with the pop star clearing a million-plus dollars per show to lock in $75 million [~£56 million] over two years."

Via Twitter, Gaga said that it's been a "lifelong dream to be a Vegas girl," and from basically everything she's ever done creatively up until this point, you can tell. Las Vegas shows are the biggest, greatest concerts on earth, and Lady Gaga has one of the widest-spanning visions in pop, constantly invoking different sounds, artists, eras, and influences, to create an aesthetic all of her own. Her Vegas show, therefore, will undoubtedly be an outrageous and enormous spectacle: if there are no holograms, I'll feel short changed.

Of course, a world where a pop star in her prime like Lady Gaga would take on a Vegas residency might have been impossible to conceive of only a few years ago. Before Britney Spears stepped into the fold and gave the Vegas residency a much-needed dose of CPR, it was seen as an end-of-career destination. Now it's a coveted gig open to younger stars, and there's arguably nobody better suited to it in music today than Lady Gaga. I, personally, can't wait for the section where she invokes all of her most iconic past looks, emerging from an egg in a meat dress, under which she's actually just dressed as the biker version of a Biblical character. It's going to rule.
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Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:39 pm

^ please don’t post lies.
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Postby MrLeonix » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:04 pm

Wayne wrote:^ please don’t post lies.
I'm not posting lies, I just saw people posting articles so I did the same

Forbes wouldn't lie

FORBES: Britney Spears' Vegas Residency Is Ending, And It's Leaving Behind An Incredible Legacy

Sorry to say Britney fans, but the singer’s “Piece Of Me” Las Vegas residency is, in fact, ending. After initially signing on for a two-year stint and then renewing her stay for another two, the internationally adored pop star has apparently had enough of Sin City. Her last show will be on New Year’s Eve at the end of this year.

In its years on the Strip, “Piece Of Me” earned the distinction of being one of the most successful shows to ever descend onto Vegas. Earlier this year, the residency, which played like a greatest hits collection, announced that it had sold more than $100 million in tickets, and that doesn’t take into account merchandise sales or the remaining shows. It also doesn’t include the revenue generated by concertgoers who spent on hotel rooms, restaurants, alcohol or in the casino. It's difficult to estimate an all-encompassing sum that might explain just how valuable the chanteuse really is.

The legacy Spears leaves is much larger than money, even though the final total she’s likely responsible for is massive. Money comes and goes, especially in a city like Vegas, but the “Womanizer” singer has changed one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for good, and it's impossible to attach a price tag to that kind of revolution.
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:03 pm

Fake,
Both Barbra, Celine, Elvis had residencys when in the peak or at least produce #1 record, they are top tour force after residencys. Off course, the three greats's carees are always evergreen.
These' re long before Britney did it.
And:
http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/musi ... 80191.html
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... riend-sons
https://ca.hellomagazine.com/music/0201 ... -residency
And same generation Divas Mariah's single intop 10 this week, where the end?
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:12 pm

Forbes said https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcinty ... de701b5356 in 2016
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"Las Vegas residencies were only for those on the downswing of their career. Those taking part were certainly still stars (nobody could claim names like Elton John or Celine Dion aren’t some of the biggest in the music business), but they weren’t modern chart-toppers. "in your post article?!
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Postby MrLeonix » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:15 pm

Its ok guys, There's room for everyone.

The only persons I give credit are Barbra, Celine and Britney. Its easy to use Elvis as an example right now but the truth is that he literally went there to die and be over and thats IMO part of the reason Vegas has such bad reputation as a retirement platform.

Barbra did it gracefully before anyone else did in relevance, Celine redesigned the concept but up until that point it was more of an "Adult contemprary" oriented market (Celine Dion, Elton Jhon, Rod Stewart, Bette Middler, Toni Braxton, etc) , Britney definately started a new wave in Vegas to younger demographics and more modern Popstars that appeal to youth and Pop / dance audiences now in a way that it didn't before. There's nothing wrong with that. Also Britney is pretty much the biggest female that has ever happened in Vegas after Celine, she's part of that history of building Residensy concepts up over the years.
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Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:20 pm

Britney is the 2nd biggest grossing female, for sure (3rd biggest grossing overall act) of the modern era.

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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:34 pm

MrLeonix wrote:Its ok guys, There's room for everyone.

The only persons I give credit are Barbra, Celine and Britney. Its easy to use Elvis as an example right now but the truth is that he literally went there to die and be over and thats IMO part of the reason Vegas has such bad reputation as a retirement platform.

Barbra did it gracefully before anyone else did in relevance, Celine redesigned the concept but up until that point it was more of an "Adult contemprary" oriented market (Celine Dion, Elton Jhon, Rod Stewart, Bette Middler, Toni Braxton, etc) , Britney definately started a new wave in Vegas to younger demographics and more modern Popstars that appeal to youth and Pop / dance audiences now in a way that it didn't before. There's nothing wrong with that. Also Britney is pretty much the biggest female that has ever happened in Vegas after Celine, she's part of that history of building Residensy concepts up over the years.
Not bad conclusion, Barbra Celine and Britney are pioneer, redefined and break new ground for the future
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Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:46 pm

The multi-million dollar reason Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and J Lo have gone all-in on Las Vegas residencies

But in the 80s and 90s, playing Vegas was see as a swan song for the sellouts and the washed outs. “There used to be a certain element of cheesiness to playing in Vegas,” music journalist and former New York Daily News columnist Jim Farber told Monyish. “I talked to Cher about that, and she referred to it as an ‘elephant graveyard where talent goes to die’ – and she was speaking of herself.”

So what put Vegas on a winning streak to becoming a million-dollar draw for pop stars like Lady Gaga, who boasts 30 million albums sold worldwide, almost 30 million Instagram followers and 75 million Twitter followers?

Thank Celine Dion for ensuring that Vegas residencies will go on.

“It really goes back to over a decade, when Celine Dion launched her residency at Caesars Palace – and that was really the beginning of top notch artists starting residencies in the height of their careers,” Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of marketing and entertainment for Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, told Moneyish.


The “My Heart Will Go On” singer’s four-year “A New Day …” residency grossed $382.5 million. “We’ve seen major success with these, so the idea that this is something that would be a detractor to their careers is past,” said Gastwirth. “This is just another aspect of touring now.”

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