When you think of a desert, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably a hot, dry, desolate place with little to no life or excitement. However, the great city of Las Vegas is nothing like that. Full of lights and life, Las Vegas is a popular tourist attraction for people who love to party and gamble. Vegas has also become a very popular place for people who love seeing good live performances. Over the years, some of the best acts in the entertainment industry have graced the stages of Vegas to put on shows for their fans. Vegas has become a hot location for performers as well because of the potential to bring in ridiculous amounts of money. You’ll probably be surprised how much some of these stars are making. Here are 10 of the highest paid acts in Las Vegas.
Whether she’s riding solo or hitting the stage with her fellow Black Eyed Peas, Fergie can command some big bucks for hitting the stage. When it comes to Vegas; however, Fergie doesn’t even have to perform to make money. Just for making an appearance at a party of club in Vegas, Fergie can make up to $100,000. Apparently, her presence alone it’s worth more than most people make an entire year. Too bad everyone can’t get paid just for showing up.
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Just like Fergie, Lady Gaga can rake in some serious cash just by appearing in Vegas. Over the years, Gaga’s creative fashion choices and on-stage persona have earned her a lot of attention from fans who just love watching to see what she will do next. However, Gaga has also performed in Vegas alongside music legend Tony Bennett, and with tickets ranging from $69 to $300 Gaga was making money hand over fist.
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Wayne Newton has been performing in Las Vegas for a good chunk of his career, and he’s become somewhat of a novelty in the city. Although it’s unclear how much Newton makes every time he hits the Vegas stage, with a $100 million net worth, and the fact that most of his income comes from Vegas performances, it’s safe to say he’s making a pretty penny for performing in Sin City.
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Even if you don’t believe in magic, you’ll probably still be impressed with David Copperfield’s act. For years he has been wowing audiences with his tricks and illusions, and he keeps getting more creative and innovating with his shows. Seriously, this guy can make almost anything disappear, and people love to watch him do it. According to reports, annual ticket sales for Copperfield’s Vegas performances are $50 million on average, and some even suggest that he will become a billionaire before it’s all said and done.
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Beyoncé is one of the most popular performers in the world, so it’s really no surprise that she’s making a ton of money wherever she goes. During the summer of 2009, Beyoncé performed four shows in Vegas as part of her I Am…Yours show series. According to Beyoncé: “ve always wanted to perform in Las Vegas, I’ve always wanted to do my own show there, because a lot of the icons that I look up to had amazing shows in Las Vegas.” Well, apparently, fans were just as exited about Beyoncé coming to Vegas as she was. Ticket prices of the shows ranged between $250 and $1,000 and as usual, Beyoncé had no problem filling the house. If Beyoncé ever agreed to do a longterm residency in Vegas, she would probably be making an astronomical amount of money.
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Recently, Jennifer Lopez announced that she would be starting a Vegas residency next year. According to sources, she will be making $350,000 per show. With that kind of money, Jenny has certainly come a LONG way since the block. Although, many people are unsure how J.Lo could command such a large salary, her great on-stage presence will speak for itself once she starts performing
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Performing in Las Vegas is one of the best things that’s happened for Britney Spears’ career in a long time. According to recent numbers, Spears is making a WHOPPING $475,000 per show which has her ranked up there with some of the biggest name performers to hit the Vegas stage. Although many people feel as those Spears is being overpaid, she seems to be a genuine hit in Vegas and people keep coming out to see her show. Looks like she did it again!
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Mariah Carey is a legend. Rising to fame in the 90s, Carey quickly became one of the biggest acts in the music business with her ability to hit ridiculously high notes. Now, with her very own residency in Vegas, Miss Mariah is back on a roll. However, the details on exactly how much Carey’s contract is for are a little fuzzy. But since she is well-known for being a diva, it’s hard to believe that she would accept anything less than what Britney Spears is making – after all, Mariah Carey does have 18 number one hits.
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Celine Dion may very well be the queen of the Vegas residency. Sure, residencies existed long before she signed on to do one, and yes there were big name stars performing in Vegas long before her, but somehow Celine Dion has managed to make Las Vegas residencies the cool new thing for artists to do. Dion earns $476,000 per show and fans absolutely love her.
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Garth Brooks is a country music legend. Whether it’s selling albums or selling out shows, Brooks has no problem making the big bucks. Even as a country boy in the big city, Brooks was more than able to hold his own. A few years ago, Garth Brooks was the MAN in Las Vegas. Some estimate that he made $60 million for his residency in the city. Although his long-term stint in Vegas has come to an end, he will be performing a few shows there this year.
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