Love her or hate her, one thing's undeniable about Lady Gaga: she's totally unpredictable, not only in terms of her fashion and music, but also in terms of her career aspirations.
Case in point: Gaga recently announced her first residency in Las Vegas, signing an exclusive deal with the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Launching after her Joanne World Tour comes to an end in December 2018, the show will be designed especially to make use of the unique theatre. Gaga has so far signed on for fifty performances, although we wouldn't be surprised if this was extended. Specific dates will be announced in the coming months.
On performing in Vegas, Gaga said the following in a statement:
It's the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas. I am humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before. I'll tell you exactly what I told my MGM and Park Theater partners: you can count on this performer always for one thing… I'll leave my heart on the stage every single night. Thank you to my fans for always believing in me. Meet me in Las Vegas baby, we did it!
Reception to the news was initially mixed. Vegas residencies have long been considered the land of has-beens, with stars retiring to the city if they're failing to get booked elsewhere. Fans were also worried that the residency would interfere with Gaga's new album promotion or her appearance at awards season events for her upcoming debut feature film A Star Is Born.
However, for what it's worth we feel as though this residency will be good for Gaga. She's earning $100 million for the residency, and only performing fifty shows, which means she'll be nabbing $2 million per performance (probably about $1 million per hour on stage). What's more, the residency will take place over two years, meaning that Gaga will only perform around 25 shows a year - or five shows a week for five weeks for two years.
When you think of it that way, the residency really doesn't seem like that big of a commitment. Gaga is following not in the footsteps of Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez, but of contemporary Bruno Mars who has also been holding down a Vegas residency for months.