Singer Britney Spears during the residency show Britney: Piece of Me at The AXIS auditorium located in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Las Vegas, 22nd June 2016 ( Photo by Marco Piraccini\Archivio Marco Piraccini\Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Not Leaving Las Vegas: Enduring Stars of the Strip

With Lady Gaga announcing her residency, a look back at Sin City's biggest long-term headliners.

Sin City or Sing City? Since the 1950s, big-name belters and cool crooners have flocked to Las Vegas for extended stays — otherwise known as residencies, which find them performing for weeks, months, or even years to sold-out crowds. With Lady Gaga announcing her upcoming Las Vegas residency, we look back at some of the high-profile headliners who have lit up the Strip through the years. (Pictured: Britney Spears performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2016.)

(Original Caption) Liberace, who was being paid $50,000 a week for his appearance at the new Hotel Riviera in Las Vegas, takes a bow after beating out a tune on an old-fashioned tinkling upright, during his April 20th opening. Aiding the pianist in his jazz interpretations were the shapely Chorines in the background. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive LIBERACE With his bedazzled suits and ostentatious furs, the piano-playing dynamo is often credited with pioneering the Las Vegas residency. By 1955, "Mr. Showmanship" (as Liberace nicknamed himself) reportedly made $50,000 a week playing the Riviera Hotel and Casino. He's flanked here by the Chorines. Although Elvis Presley, young guitar-singing teen-age idol, appeared ill at ease on stage during his first major club performance at Las Vegas' new Frontier, he later relaxed in a jam session when Liberace and his brother, George, came backstage to congratulate him. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive ELVIS PRESLEY A young Presley made his Vegas debut in 1956 at the New Frontier Hotel, and by all reports ... bombed. His two-week stand earned him $17,000 as well as a few blistering reviews. (Newsweek compared him to "a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party.") The King would, of course, become Vegas royalty by the '70s, earning a million dollars a month for his shows. (Pictured: Presley with Liberace and his brother George, who came backstage to congratulate him, in 1956.)

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Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Danny Thomas, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra stand around a cake for the eleventh anniversary of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. On the extreme left is Sands President Jack Entratter Bettmann/Bettmann Archive THE RAT PACK Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra were long-time fixtures at the Sands Hotel. Here they're pictured celebrating the hotel's 11th anniversary with Danny Thomas and Lucille Ball (in back), Sands president Jack Entratter (far left) and an unidentified man (far right). Entertainer Wayne Newton performs at the 1990 NATO/ShoWest Convention on February 8, 1990 at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage WAYNE NEWTON Few artists scream "Vegas" quite like Wayne Newton. (His nickname is "Mr. Las Vegas," after all!) Newton claims he's played some 30,000 shows in Sin City. Danke schoen, indeed. LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Singer Celine Dion performs during the first night of her new show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace March 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dion, who ended a five-year run at The Colosseum in December of 2007, is beginning a three-year residency at the 4,300-seat venue. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images CELINE DION By the '80s and '90s, the halcyon days of the Las Vegas residency had come to an end — with many artists who performed there considered past their prime. But that would all change in 2003 with Celine Dion's "A New Day" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which ran through 2007. (Dion returned to Vegas for a second residency "Celine" in 2011, which will run through 2019.)

"Years ago, artists would put up their noses if I mentioned the thought of a Vegas residency," producer Ken Ehrlich, who helmed Dion's residency and others, told Variety. "Honestly, Celine changed all that in one fell swoop and now everyone wants in. I think acts are reacting to the rigors of the road, the uncertainty of fickle audiences today, and the advantages of being in one place for a defined period of time."

Dion has reaped the rewards of staying put: Her two residencies have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 28: Recording artist Sir Elton John performs during the first night of his new show, 'The Million Dollar Piano' as John begins a three-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace September 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images ELTON JOHN After Dion, Sir Elton John is one of the highest-earners in Sin City. He's pictured here in 2011 launching his three-year "Million Dollar Piano" residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. His earlier "Red Piano" residency ran from February 2004 to April 2009. Between the two, John performed for 2.8 million fans. LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 06: Singer/songwriter Mariah Carey performs during the launch of her residency 'MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images MARIAH CAREY With Dion opening the door, many pop divas have since taken up residency in Las Vegas. Mariah Carey is pictured here in 2015 launching her residency "Mariah #1 to Infinity" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (C) performs with dancers during the launch of her residency 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images JENNIFER LOPEZ J. Lo followed suit in 2016 with her show "Jennifer Lopez: All I Have" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which will run through the fall of 2018. Singer Britney Spears during the residency show Britney: Piece of Me at The AXIS auditorium located in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Las Vegas, 22nd June 2016 ( Photo by Marco Piraccini\Archivio Marco Piraccini\Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images) Mondadori Portfolio BRITNEY SPEARS And not to be outdone is Britney Spears, whose "Britney: Piece of Me" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino ran for 250 shows and grossed approximately $138 million over its four years, before closing in December 2017.



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