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Is $10 million on the table to keep DJ Calvin Harris at Hakkasan?


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Is the world’s No. 1 DJ Calvin Harris at the center of a furious Strip nightclub bidding war? British newspapers are reporting today that Hakkasan at MGM Grand has offered him a massive $10 million contract to extend his current two-year contract for another 12 months.

Executives at MGM Resorts International, the parent company of MGM Grand, fear that Calvin — birth name Adam Richard Wiles — who is only one year into his two-year deal, might be grabbed by rivals as the brutal bidding wars on the Strip go into overdrive.

Other players alongside Hakkasan Group on the Strip: Steve Wynn’s nightclubs (XS, Tryst, Surrender), Tao Group (Tao, Lavo, Marquee) and Sam Nazarian’s new SLS hotel (Hyde). Nightlife czar Victor Drai has said that he’s not going to get into the big-bucks DJ war, saying it’s becoming unprofitable.

Forbes Magazine reported that Calvin was the highest-paid DJ in the world last year, grossing an estimated $46 million from his worldwide appearances that include the Rock in Rio Festival headed to Las Vegas for the first time next May.

Sources told the Sun newspaper in London that Hakkasan revelers are happy shelling out $7,500 for tables, and there’s a waiting list. And that’s after paying at least $100 a ticket just to hear him spin the wheels of steel.

The report has been reposted this morning across U.S. music circles and nightlife media. One source is quoted as saying that the demand for Calvin is so great, he could have his appearance schedule doubled and there would still be a waiting list for him.

“They are a year into his deal, and they don’t want to lose him. He’s said that he’s happy at Hakkasan, and they want to get the deal for his extension done,” the newspaper reported.

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