Residency show

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A residency show is a series of concerts (typically of live music), similar to a concert tour, but only performed at one location.[1][2][3]

Though residency shows have been a staple of Las Vegas Strip for decades, from Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack to Elvis, the term itself appears to be more recent. One of the earliest online/print references is a 2010 article by Robin Leach.[4] According to Billboard, Celine Dion's A New Day... is the most successful residency show of all time, grossing over US$385 million ($444.69 million in 2016 dollars)[5] and drawing nearly three million people to 717 shows.[6] Dion returned to Las Vegas on 15 March 2011 to perform her new show, Celine, she performed her record-breaking 1000th overall Las Vegas show on October 8, 2016. Celine Dion leads as the highest grossing solo artist of all time in residency shows ( A New Day and Celine) grossing a total of $650 million (in 2017 dollars).

In 2013, Britney Spears appeared on Good Morning America to announce a residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, titled Britney: Piece of Me, which began in December 2013 and is expected to end on December 31, 2017.[7] This is a first in Vegas, The show, which features many of Spears' hit songs, is performed 50 times per year and was named "Best of Las Vegas" in 2015,[8] after completing the original run of the show, Spears revealed that the extension would feature updates to the set list, choreography and costumes.[9] The revamped show, which features the tagline "Remixed. Reimagined. Still Iconic.", opened on February 13, 2016.[10] The residency has been a commercial success since opening, grossing over US$103 million as of February 2017. [11]

Other major performers followed in Britney and Celine's footsteps, such as Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and the Backstreet Boys have followed and accepted residency offers. Jennifer Lopez: All I Have and #1 to Infinity respectively.[12]


  1. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (8 May 2013). "Britney Spears: Las Vegas Shows Will Be 'A Massive Party From Start To Finish'". Billboard. New York. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Pelly, Jenn (8 November 2012). "Kraftwerk to Bring Eight-Night Retrospective Residency Series to Germany". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Banham, Tom (28 June 2013). "So Deadmau5 now has his own robots...". GQ. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Leach, Robin (August 20, 2010). "Madonna to receive $1 billion for 5-year Strip residency show?". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (18 October 2008). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ Katie Kindelan (September 17, 2013). "Britney Spears Announces Las Vegas Show Live on ‘GMA’". ABC News. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ NME.COM. "Britney Spears wins Best of Last Vegas award | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Britney Is Reportedly Switching Up Her 'Piece Of Me' Set List in Early 2016". PopCrush. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Britney Spears Eternal: A Diva Reclaims The Vegas Stage". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Britney Spears Piece Of Me show top $ 100 million in ticket sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Jennifer Lopez heading to Las Vegas for residency in 2016". Retrieved 2016-01-12.