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Is Calvin Harris about to exit Hakkasan for new and larger paycheck?


Steve Marcus

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris performs during Night 2 of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas.

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A few Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors this morning to start the week!

Is the world’s highest-paid DJ about to jump from Hakkasan at MGM Grand for a new and even larger paycheck contract?

Just as Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Calvin Harris is booked to headline New Year’s Eve celebrations at the mega club, I’m hearing that he’s on the move in the spring.

The Scottish-born superstar, who has more than 1 billion streams of his chart-topping hits (“We Found Love,” “Feel So Close,” “Summer”) on Spotify, was named the world’s highest-paid DJ this year and last year ($46 million) by Forbes magazine — even out earning the legendary Tiesto.

Calvin, born Adam Richard Wiles, is reliably said to be signing a two-year contract to be the resident headliner at the new Caesars Palace club emerging from the recently closed Pure. (Hakkasan and whatever the newly named Pure will become are managed by Neil Moffitt’s Angel Management Group.)

I’m also reliably told that AMG will take over the existing Shadow bar at Caesars and convert it into an intimate lounge for Calvin to call his Harris hangout.

Calvin celebrated his new, huge megabucks contract last week purchasing a sprawling $25 million-plus Benedict Canyon estate of five Beverly Hills, Calif., homes. He’ll commute from there for his Caesars gigs.

Calvin was romantically linked with British singer-songwriter Rita Ora until he announced on Twitter this year that they’d split. Rita was here in Las Vegas for the August opening of SLS Las Vegas.

Calvin, who was a highlight during Night 2 of the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, has recently been spotted with supermodel Aarika Wolf, who starred in the video of his new hit “Blame” featuring British singer John Newman.

AMG and Caesars Entertainment have earmarked $80 million to $100 million for the Pure renovation set to open in Spring 2015. So as Calvin says goodbye to 2014 at Hakkasan on Dec. 31, he’ll toast the New Year with a new, mega-million$ residency at Caesars!

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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