Fans of Lady Gaga will be excited to hear that the pop star has announced a two-year residency in Las Vegas and will be joining other big names such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Shania Twain who have recently taken up their own residencies.
Gaga said that she will begin the two-year engagement at the 5,300-seat Park Theater at the Park MGM in December next year, part of the transformation of the Monte Carlo hotel in to the new Park MGM resort.
In a statement Gaga said that it has been a life-long dream of hers to play in the home of Elvis, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John and so on. She said that the honour of playing in Vegas is humbling and that she intends to create a “new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”
The series of performances begins in late 2018. The pop superstar wrote on Twitter, “The rumors are true. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show!! It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed! Love you little monsters we did it, meet me in Las Vegas!!” The residency will be comprised of 74 concerts with the possibility of extending the run. Variety, the major show business publication, citing its sources, says that the deal is worth $100 million, with Gaga earning over $1 million per show.
The rumors are true! I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show!! It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed! LOVE YOU LITTLE MONSTERS WE DID IT, MEET ME IN Las Vegas!! #LasVegasGoesGaga pic.twitter.com/UhPdW5wgXu
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 19, 2017
Over the last decade Gaga, in addition to gaining popularity for her songs, she has become known for stunts such as setting her piano on fire and wearing a raw meat dress. Last February she began the Super Bowl halftime show by singing “God Bless America” from the top of Houston’s NRG Stadium.
She had a health scare a few months ago and postponed the European leg of her world tour until early 2018 citing severe pain. In 2013 she was hospitalised for a hip injury and she also revealed that she suffers from the musculoskeletal disorder fibromyalgia.
A number of top musicians are drawn to Las Vegas residencies as they allow the performers to remain in one location and still draw in large crowds without the need to tour.
About Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta born March 28, 1986, an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as experimenting with new images.
Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. She studied at CAP21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician. After Def Jam Recordings cancelled her contract, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”, also proved successful.
Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Gaga has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’s power and earnings rankings. She was ranked at number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012, finished second on Time’s 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. She is known for her philanthropic work and social activism, including LGBT rights, and for her non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.