DJ Calvin Harris at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 | 9:04 a.m.
Move over, Tiesto: There’s a new highest-paid DJ in the world.
It’s been a back-and-forth battle the past few years between the well-respected Dutchman, who has been around long before this current electronic dance music explosion, and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who a few years ago was bagging groceries, and Harris has taken over, according to a story posted by Forbes.com.
While Forbes’ story doesn’t have a date of publication or report the timeframe of salaries, the figures are still astounding, and the methodology in creating the list (noted at the end of the story) is interesting.
Harris clocks in at $46 million, while Tiesto plays runner-up at $32 million (poor guy). The Scotsman, along with French DJ David Guetta, has led the recent crossover to the mainstream pop charts with big-hit collaborations with, among others, Akon, Rihanna (their Grammy-winning “We Found Love”), Ne-Yo, Florence Welch and, currently, Ellie Goulding.
Harris, who also has had solo hits (“Feel So Close”), was part of the lineup — and a highlight — of last year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The highest-paid list is a who’s who of Las Vegas resident headliners and visitors, among them Kaskade, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Afrojack, Guetta and the (sadly) now-defunct Swedish House Mafia.
Check out Forbes’ story for full details, and click here for our April story on Las Vegas’ highest-paid DJs in 2012.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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Hakkasan Hakkasan is the new five-level 80,000-square-foot upscale restaurant, lounge and dayclub and nightclub in the MGM Grand that is opening April 18 in the space formerly occupied by Studio 54.
On the first floor is Hakkasan's main dining room, a Cantonese restaurant decorated with lattice cages. The eatery is set to open May 3 and will be captained by Chef Ho Chee Boon. It will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The Las Vegas menu hasn’t been released yet, but the company’s other locations feature soups, small plates, seafood, meats, poultry, tofu and vegetables.
On the second level is a private dining room that will cater to diners with deep pockets. While the menu is the same, the room offers a panoramic view of the restaurant below.
The third floor brings the 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling lounge, an intimate nightspot that acts as a transition to the main nightclub upstairs.
Above that? Another club: Hakkasan’s main nightclub. Hakkasan’s DJ lineup will include some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry: DeadMau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Other artists include Danny Avila, Dada Life, Bambi and Quintino.
And above it, the Pavilion, an Asian garden with its own bar and DJ.
Hakkasan’s nightclub will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. until “late.” Guests must be 21 years or older.
Cover charge and table reservation prices vary. Online tickets for upcoming events begin at $30 for general admission tickets for women. Charges for men presumably are higher but aren’t listed.
Reservations for the nightclub can be made at hakkasanlv.com or by calling 891-3838.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-212-8804
XS Designed with a European sensibility, XS is furnished in warm browns and gold. Tables with plush couches form concentric circles around a small dance floor, and a disco ball-inspired chandelier casts circles of flickering light onto the dark floor. Textures are everywhere – metallic snakeskin on the banquettes, ultra suede on the couches – and large pillars covered in mosaics of tiny mirrors reflect the space.
From the first steps inside, the club makes an impression. Along the entrance way the walls are rippled with the life-sized outlines of nude women. Pushing against the gold façade, they look as if they’re trying to fight their way out of the walls and into the party. Behind the bar, inverted female torsos, also in gold, highlight the walls while bartenders in shimmering corsets mix drinks in front.
When weather allows, the back wall of the club will open onto an adults-only pool for an indoor/outdoor party starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours.
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3131 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-770-7171