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 to Liberace, 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's residency introduced a new form of theatrical entertainment, a fusion of song, performance art, innovative stage craft and state-of-the-art technology. 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). She managed to popularize the Las Vegas "residency" as a desirable way for top artists to essentially tour in place, letting their fans come to them.

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] 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$121million as of February 2017.[11]

Many other major performers such as Cher, Toni Braxton, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Backstreet Boys have followed and accepted residency offers. Their shows included Cher and Classic Cher, Rod Stewart: The Hits, Shania: Still the One, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, #1 to Infinity, and Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life 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.