Katy Perry plans a Las Vegas residency at the Theater at Resorts World to begin later this year, sources say Billboard. The residency is expected to last until 2022.
Resorts World is Las Vegas’ first all-new casino resort on the Strip in over a decade. The 5,000-seat theater will operate as a joint development in partnership with AEG Presents, exclusively programmed and operated by its Concerts West division.
Since 2019, when Live Nation took over management of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, AEG no longer has an exclusive marquee in Las Vegas, but with the new Resorts World deal, it now manages the hottest new performance space in the city. city. And that fills the lineup for the planned resumption of concerts this fall.
“The residence has become obsolete” John Meglen, Chairman and Co-CEO of Concerts West, said Billboard Last year. “Artists bring their shows on tour and bands play X nights in a little theater – where you can get bottle service instead of really getting creative. We want to go back to big shows. We want to create a playground with all the latest bells and whistles, and let artists come in and perform their own unique show and vision.
AEG formed a partnership with Caesars Palace to create The Colosseum and produce Celine Dion’s groundbreaking Las Vegas residency show, which ran from 2003 to 2018 and grossed $650 million in sales, according to Billboard Boxscore. which makes it the most successful residency of all time. It also launched a new model of entertainment in Las Vegas, attracting top performers to the world’s most modern theater with nightly sales of over 4,000 tickets. Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Shania Twain and Mariah Carey also all took to the stage during AEG’s tenure at The Colosseum.
Katy Perry signing a residency seems to make sense for the superstar. She is one of the few contemporary pop artists who can fill a room this size for months, night after night, and is known for creating spectacular performances. And as the new mother of a baby girl born in August, like many other parents of pop stars such as Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys, Perry might appreciate being in one place without needing to travel for a tour. His last tour, Witness: The Tour, which ran from 2017 to 2018, averaged $1.08 million and 11,560 tickets per show, according to Billboard Boxscore. This tour, and its predecessor, the Prismatic World Tour, were both promoted by AEG in North America.
Perry also released his sixth studio album, Smile, in August and couldn’t make the rounds of it amid the coronavirus pandemic. Smile debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart as of September 12, 2020. The album spent four weeks on the chart. It has earned 402,000 equivalent album units in the United States through March 11, according to MRC Data. Of this amount, 67,000 are album sales. The album features the Billboard Hot 100 hits “Never Really Over” (peak #15) and “Daisies” (#40).
This would bring a sprawling pop artist to AEG’s launch of The Theater at Resorts World with more big name signings spanning other genres like legacy pop, rock and country likely to follow.
AEG declined to comment, and Perry’s rep did not respond to request for comment.
Additional reporting by Melinda Sheckells.