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Janet Jackson hits the Strip with ‘Metamorphosis’ residency at Park Theater

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Janet Jackson poses for photos on the red carpet of the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on December 14, 2018.
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One of the most obviously great candidates for a Las Vegas residency show has signed up for duty. Janet Jackson will bring Metamorphosis to Park Theater at Park MGM resort for 15 dates starting on May 17 and tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 2.

A six-time Grammy winner and Emmy- and Oscar-nominated artist who has sold more than 160 million records worldwide, Jackson is more than one of the most influential entertainers of all time—she will be one of the biggest names to ever play an extended engagement in Las Vegas during the current modern residency run or any other era. She’s set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March along with the Cure, Def Leppard (which also recently announced a new Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood), Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.

Jackson performed at MTV’s European Music Awards in November and was honored with the Global Icon Award, accepting with an impassioned speech about women’s rights. In 2018 she also released new single “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee, the first release from a new partnership with Cinq Music and her own independent label Rhythm Nation Records. She last performed in Las Vegas at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in May and previously played a proper concert at Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 14, 2017, as part of her State of the World Tour.

According to today’s announcement, Jackson’s headlining residency at the Park MGM resort “peels back the layers of the immensely private life of Janet Jackson, sharing her transformation from a young girl with issues of self-esteem to global icon.” The show will also feature a special 30-year anniversary celebration of her fourth studio album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, released in 1989. It’s the only album in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart to have seven singles place within the top five positions.

More dates are expected to follow but the 15 dates for Metamorphosis going on sale this week are May 17, 18, 21, 22, 25 and 26; July 24, 26, 27 and 31; and August 2, 3, 7, 9 and 10.

Jackson joins other new residents Aerosmith (starting April 6) and Lady Gaga, who just won an Academy Award on Sunday for Best Original Song, at Park Theater along with recurring headliners Cher and Bruno Mars. Britney Spears had planned her second Strip production at the 5,200-seat venue but postponed it in order to focus on her family when her father became sick. With Jackson joining the roster, it appears as if Spears’ show will not play at Park Theater this year.

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