Latin pop music might soon be a regular feature on the Las Vegas Strip, if recent rumors turn out to be true. According to New York Post’s Page Six, Jennifer Lopez will be signing up for her first Las Vegas residency in the very near future. The two-time GRAMMY nominee will reportedly be signing an exclusive deal with Planet Hollywood to perform at least 72 shows over the course of one to two years.
The speculation about Lopez’s upcoming move to Sin City comes just over a year after the Britney Spears Las Vegas residency was announced. Also stationed at Planet Hollywood, Britney: Piece of Me has been a huge hit with Vegas audiences, catering to a younger crowd in the casino’s recently renovated The AXIS Theater. If Lopez signs the deal, Planet Hollywood will strengthen its reputation as one of the hottest nightlife spots in The Entertainment Capital of the World.
The news about the Jennifer Lopez Las Vegas residency shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the singer has been one of the most celebrated pop stars of the past several decades. Her first single was 1999’s “If You Had My Love,” from her three-time Platinum debut, On the Six. It impressively also became her first track of many to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After her debut, Lopez’s sophomore release, J.Lo, and its follow-up, This Is Me…Then, both went multi-Platinum and spawned more No. 1 singles: “I’m Real,” “Ain’t It Funny,” and “All I Have.” In addition to chart success, Lopez has also won hundreds of accolades, including six ALMA Awards and eight Billboard Latin Music Awards. At this year’s mainstream Billboard Music Awards 2014, Lopez was even honored with the Icon Award. She is the first female artist to do so in the four-year history of the award, following in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and Prince.
In June, Lopez released her eighth studio album, A.K.A., her first in three years and first to be issued on Capitol Records. The release peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with the help of the tracks “I Luh Ya Papi” and “Booty.”
In other Las Vegas residency updates, Elton John recently signed a new deal to extend his hugely successful Million Dollar Piano Caesars Palace show for an additional three years. Fellow classic rock icon Rod Stewart has also confirmed plans to continue his greatest hits show at the Colosseum into Feb. 2015, and Stewart’s recent co-headliner, Santana, has added additional May 2015 shows to his ongoing gig at Sin City’s House of Blues. R&B outfit Boyz II Men announced it will remain in residency at The Mirage through at least Dec. 2015, while Shania Twain’s Still the One residency is set to close this coming December.