Celine Dion Announces End of Las Vegas Residency
Celine Dion recently announced that her residency in Las Vegas would be coming to an end in June 2019. The Canadian singer has been performing in Sin City for 13 years and was responsible for making these types of residencies desirable. The singer announced the end of her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace at the beginning of the week.
Dion Becomes Las Vegas Staple
During the last 16 years, Dion has been performing in Las Vegas for 13 of them. The Colosseum was originally built for Dion in 2003. Since then, it has played host to a number of superstars, including the likes of Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Rod Stewart. However, no one has come close to the number of shows performed by Dion at The Colosseum. Since it opened, she has performed nearly 1100 shows. During her first run, from 2003 until 2007, she performed a 90-minute show called A New Day. It is considered to be the most profitable concert residency in Las Vegas. It is estimated that it earned $454 million and was seen by three million people over the course of its 717 shows.
Following its end, Dion took a break from Las Vegas and performed around the world. However, she would return in 2011 for her second residency. Dion still has 52 more shows to do before her residency ends, which will kick off on the 30th of October.
Dion Sets the Trend
Dion has been credited as a trendsetter for her decision to start her residency in 2003. Her decision made Las Vegas residencies attractive to popular artists. Back in 2003, many believed Dion was crazy for doing so, and it did not make sense to many people. However, it has more than paid off for the star. Also, it has paid off for many other musicians who have followed in her footsteps and signed deals with Las Vegas hotels.
Many artists now actively seek a residency in Las Vegas, as they make up a massive part of their earnings. Lady Gaga is set to begin a 27-show residency with MGM at the end of the year and is expected to make nearly $11 million. Britney Spears has also reportedly signed a two-year residency with MGM that will see her earning $500 000 a show.