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If you’re a club pro or a club newbie here is some important information you are going to want to know. Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino is making some changes… REALLY BIG changes.

It’s the first thing you’ll find when stepping inside the golden hotel from the valet area however that won’t be the case for long. Light Nightclub, formerly the Rum Jungle space, is preparing to turn off the lights and close its doors for good.

Clique Hospitality sent Fox 5 a statement, which read “Clique Hospitality has informed its team that The LIGHT Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has permanently closed. Clique is working with employees to reassign them at the company’s 10 Las Vegas destinations.”

Light Nightclub originally launched in 2013 then shuttered for two years during the Pandemic. The comeback party seems to have been short-lived for the club having held its grand re-opening over the weekend of the Big Game back in February of this year.

The popular destination was approximately 38,000 square feet hosting one of the largest dance floors in sin city.  The upscale club hosted many of your your favorite artists with industry-rated technology including special affects and Cirque Du Solei performances. Locals are a bit sad to see one of their favorite dancing spots leave but we are excited to see what is to come for Las Vegas entertainment.

Some of Light‘s most memorable events this past year included concerts by Ludacris, 24k Goldn, Miguel, Coi Leray, Iggy Azalea, and SAINt JHN. 

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The Top 15 Most Successful Las Vegas Concert Residencies

One of the many slogans Las Vegas has been known for is, “The City of Entertainment” and that is largely due to the amazing variety of concerts available to attend on any given night.

This month alone, you can see Lionel Ritchie, John Legend, Bruno Mars (Silk Sonic), and Katy Perry not to mention incredible tribute shows to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Prince.

The popularity of certain artists and the demand to see them in concert has led to many venues booking these singers for continuous dates which is known as a residency. The last few years have seen some well-received residencies from the likes of Janet Jackson, The Backstreet Boys, Diana Ross, and Christina Aguilera but let’s take a look at the cream of the crop.

The team at SlotsUp recently sought to find out which stars had the highest grossing, most attended, and rated Vegas residencies based on the following criteria: The length of residency, number of shows, estimated/expected gross, salary per show, social sentiment, average Youtube views, Instagram hashtags, global Google searches, review star rating and attendance (number of tickets sold).

I was actually pretty shocked to learn that Mariah Carey ranked at only number 15.

Mariah‘s “The Butterfly Returns” residency took place at Caesars Palace from July 2018 through February 2020.

At #14, Gwen Stefani had her solo “Just A Girl” residency launch in June 2018 at Zappos Theater. The 57 show schedule was supposed to wrap in May of 2020 however the last few shows were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Gwen performing her last show on Saturday, November 6 2021.

Jennifer Lopez has arguably been one of the busiest people on the planet these last few years on and off the stage. Her Las Vegas residency “All I Have” took place January 2016 to September 2018. She got engaged to baseball star Alex Rodriguez in 2019 but then ultimately married actor Ben Afflect in July 2022.

Jennifer Lopez with Ben Affleck

Two artists had two different residencies each that earned them the Top 4 spots collectively. See the complete list below:

  • 15: Mariah Carey - The Butterfly Returns

    Mariah Carey

  • 14: Gwen Stefani - Just A Girl

    Gwen Stefani

  • 13: Calvin Harris

    Calvin Harris

  • 12: Cher - Classic Cher

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  • 11: Jennifer Lopez - All I Have

    Jennifer Lopez

  • 10: George Strait - Strait To Vegas

    George Strait

  • 9: Rod Stewart - The Hits

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  • 8: Bruno Mars - At Park MGM

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  • 7: Katy Perry - Play

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  • 6: Britney Spears - Piece Of Me

    Britney Spears

  • 5: Lady Gaga - Jazz & Piano

    Lady Gaga

  • 4: Elton John - The Red Piano

    Elton John

  • 3: Celine Dion - A New Day

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  • 2: Elton John - The Million Dollar Piano

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  • 1: Celine Dion - Celine

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    It’s now an obligation to sing your favorite Katy Perry song on June 8.

    And you’re probably wondering, “why?”

    Well, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom announced June 8 as “Katy Perry Day.”

    This announcement came during an exclusive June 8 ceremony at AYU Dayclub that honored the singer, who currently has a residency at Resorts World Las Vegas.

    Along with Perry’s proclamation, Segerblom also gave Perry a key to the county.

    “Clark County has been through a terrible time as everybody has the last couple of years,” Segerblom said. “And truthfully when you (Perry) came back with your energy, your enthusiasm, your beauty, everything, you brought Las Vegas back to life.”

    After receiving the key and a proclamation to her very own day, the singer told stories about her roots and connections with Las Vegas.

    “My aunt was a showgirl here, my grandma was a seamstress here, my dad grew up here. He ended up being a chauffeur here. My parents met here, they got married here,” Perry said during the ceremony.

    “So it’s only natural that I would be on the stage here, eventually. But I did not know or think I would be getting a key to the Strip, which I hope unlocks some better HVAC,” the “Waking Up In Vegas” singer said.

    In fact, Perry’s grandmother and aunt worked at the old Stardust Resort and Casino. Her current residency home, Resorts World, sits at the spot where the Stardust once stood, according to Clark County’s Facebook.

    “While one of the top stars in music, the Commissioner recognized Katy’s philanthropic efforts which include work to ensure children’s rights to health, education and equality,” the county said on Facebook. “Katy is also a big supporter of LGBTQ equality.”

    Perry also extended her residency to include dates in October. For more information about Katy Perry’s “PLAY,” residency, click here.

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