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Las Vegas’ next Strip resident star: Bruno Mars at the Cosmopolitan?

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Singer Bruno Mars, center, performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

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One day after pop princess Britney Spears’ official confirmation that she’s signed on for a two-year Planet Hollywood residency comes hush-hush Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors that pop superstar Bruno Mars will follow her high-heeled Louboutins right along.

I’ll probably be laughed at again as I was when I broke the Britney residency story nobody believed, but Bruno is definitely coming to the Strip.

It begs the question — since things come in threes — as to whom will be the third pop superstar to join the Strip’s already star-studded “legacy” music brigade of Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart. Las Vegas has become the Pop Music Capital of the World!

I have exclusively learned that Bruno has won a mini-residency and will star at one of two new theaters that the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will have open by New Year’s Eve. Full details of his “burst runs” of 15 to 20 shows at a time will be announced shortly after his Saturday performance at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

I previously reported that the financial backers producing “Absinthe” had a new show that will eventually go into the Cosmopolitan’s main theater. Now I’m hearing additional rumors that their show will follow Bruno’s and that the Cosmopolitan is adding another more intimate 1,000-seat venue.

Additionally, there are specific whispers that the Cosmopolitan has plans to open a new restaurant to add to its collection of highly successful dining options — and this would be the second right on the casino floor joining the 24-hour Henry.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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