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Entertainment: Adele announces Las Vegas residency beginning in January

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Adele has announced an exclusive residency in the Colosseum of Las Vegas' Caesars Palace Hotel, beginning Friday, January 21, 2022. Titled Weekends With Adele, the singer will perform two shows each weekend through Saturday, April 16, 2022 (see full list of dates below) for a total of 12 weeks.

The long-rumoured announcement comes on the heels of the singer's fourth studio album, 30, on Columbia Records, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with by far the year's biggest first-week numbers, around 839,000 units. It is debuted at No. 1 on album charts in 30 countries and is already one of the biggest selling albums of 2021; it became the top-selling album of 2021 in just three days, topping Taylor Swift's Evermore, which had sold 462,000 copies over 11 months.

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The Colosseum, which has an official capacity of 4,100, provides a relatively intimate environment for Adele's famously chatty concerts, which find her stately and often-sad songs contrasting with her bawdy humour and hilarious, self-deprecating banter (the show scheduled for this coming April Fool's Day should have some good jokes). Adele's shows take place across consecutive weekends, except for February 18-19, when Van Morrison — who has taken an outspoken stance against the COVID-19 vaccine — is performing at the venue. Apparently, Caesars Palace has no vaccine requirement for these or any concerts.

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Along with two dates in London's Hyde Park next summer and her recent One Night Only CBS special filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas residency shows are the only concert dates Adele has announced in support of 30 thus far. These appear to be a way for her to perform live while avoiding the hazards and vast complications of touring during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen many performers, including Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, test positive for the virus while on tour.

Adele undertook a massive global tour in 2016 and 2017 supporting her previous album, 25, which took in some 121 arena dates across Europe, North America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand before wrapping with four shows at London's 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium.

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Las Vegas residencies by popular recording artists are often extended beyond their initial run, although no details on such an extension for Adele were immediately available. Celine Dion has performed more than a thousand shows during Vegas residencies that extended for years, and grossed some US$681.3 million (approx. $957.3 million) and sold more than 4.5 million tickets across two separate runs, spanning 2003-2007 and 2011-2019.

Presale tickets for the upcoming shows will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration opens at 6 am PT on November 30 (1am AEST on December 1) and continues until 11.59pm PT on Thursday December 2 (6.59pm on Friday December 3). For more information and to register, visit their website. The Verified Fan Presale will begin Tuesday, December 7 at 10am PT (Wednesday, December 8 at 5am AEST). Only fans that have received a unique code will have the chance to purchase tickets for performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the limited quantity of tickets available, if demand for tickets from Verified Fans exceeds supply, there will not be a public on-sale.

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LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 24: ADELE ONE NIGHT ONLY, a new primetime special that will be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 14 (8:30-10:31 PM, ET/8:00-10:01 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images): Adele performed for ITV's Audience with Adele in London © Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images Adele performed for ITV's Audience with Adele in London

Weekend 1: Friday, Jan. 21 – Saturday, Jan. 22

Weekend 2: Jan. 28 – 29

Weekend 3: Feb. 4 – 5

Weekend 4: Feb. 11 – 12

Weekend 5: Feb. 25 – 26

Weekend 6: March 4 – 5

Weekend 7: March 11 – 12

Weekend 8: March 18 – 19

Weekend 9: March 25 – 26

Weekend 10: April 1 – 2

Weekend 11: April 8 – 9

Weekend 12: April 15 -16

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Adele announces Las Vegas residency .
Adele announces Las Vegas residencyThe British singer-songwriter, who released her fourth studio album 30 earlier this month, announced on Tuesday that she will soon be staging a series of concerts at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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