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    David Guetta, the man that could be in a large part praised/blamed for the mainstreaming of EDM, is doing a residency at XS. We knew that already. What we didn’t know was that he was bringing a sleeping bag and a suitcase with him, because he’s apparently moving into the club.

    His first show is tonight, with dates to follow on March 14, 21, 26, April 5 and April 12. More shows are forthcoming, just as soon as XS figures out how to keep Guetta chained to the DJ booth, but give him enough freedom to move his hands around his laptop.


    That’s not celebratory confetti raining down, those are $50 bills. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    The jockeying between Marquee and XS to be the top-grossing nightclub in the country, as per the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 continues to be the Optimus Prime/Megatron knock-down, drag-out of the industry, with XS on top for 2014 at $90-$95 million to Marquee’s $85-$90 million. It’s the first time XS had sole possession of first since 2011.

    Last year, the clubs were tied while the year prior, Marquee had the lead.

    There’s a new wrinkle for the 2014 rankings though, with Hakkasan taking an honorable mention “third” as a venue not open for full the full 12 months of the survey, but generated enough coin that it would have slotted in that space if it qualified for the list. Light at Mandalay Bay also got an honorable mention, in what would have been No. 16.

    Of the Top 10, seven are Vegas clubs: At No. 3, Tao ($50-$55 million), No. 4 Surrender ($45-$50 million), No. 6 Pure ($30-$35 million), No. 9 Lavo ($25-$30 million) and No. 10 Hyde ($25-$30 million).

    Vegas drew 24 of the top 100 (well, top 102, really), up from 20 last year. Haze came in at No. 11 ($25-$30 million), No. 13 Tryst ($20-$25 million), No. 14 1 Oak ($20-$25 million), No. 24 Chandelier Bar ($15-$20 million), No. 25 The Bank ($15-$20 million), No. 26 LAX ($15-$20 million), No. 42 Chateau ($10-$15 million), No. 48 Ghostbar ($10-$15 million), No. 61 Moon ($5-$10 million), No. 73 Drai’s ($5-$10 million), No. 79 Lagasse’s Stadium ($5-$10 million), No. 80 Body English ($5-$10 million), No. 88 Gold ($5-$10 million), No. 94 Lily ($5-$10 million) and No. 96 Stoney’s ($5-$10 million).

    There’s a bit more money at the top end, as Marquee and XS were both in the $80-$90 million range last year. Drai’s took the biggest tumble, going from No. 30 to 73 amid their temporary relocation to Bally’s, and the shooting there. No one made a dramatic leap, though neither Lily nor Gold nor Ghostbar appeared on last year’s list.

    What Hakkasan misses in official list achievement, it makes up for by winning the Nightclub of the Year, when the Nightclub & Bar convention hands out its awards during the trade show March 24-26.


    Really jealous Ronn Nicolli got the suit from the “I Like the Way You Move” video.

    The fifth anniversary is the wood anniversary. So we’re just going to ignore that and move on to note that XS at Encore is sliding comfortably into “veteran institution” status as it marked its fifth year Saturday night with Kaskade. And also balloons. Because who doesn’t love balloons?

    XS execs Jesse Waits, Yannick Mugnier, Ronn Nicolli, John Wood and Eric White were all on hand for the celebration. To put things in perspective, the club has been open so long, they were around when CC Sabathia was still fat.

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    Here. Enjoy getting the “Thrift Shop” sax line stuck in your head for the next month. (Photo by Hew Burney)

    First blood goes to the Wynn clubs in terms of mixing up residency offers. Someone had to break out of the all-EDM-all-the-time mold.

    Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are doing three shows–for Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and September 13, by which time Grammy Fever should have barely subsided. Lewis is doing some solo DJ dates as well, including tomorrow night at Surrender. Also getting a residency are street artist Alec Monopoly, who will be creating pieces in front of a live audience, Akon and Las Vegan Ne-Yo to get a little croon in your EDM mix.

    The full lineup is: Adrian Lux, Akon, Alec Monopoly, AN21, Avicii, Cazzette, David Guetta, Deniz Koyu, Deorro, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Fedde le Grand, Grandtheft, Jermaine Dupri, Jusske, Lil Jon, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Madeon, Major Lazer, MAKJ, Manufactured Superstars, Martin Solveig, Max Vangeli, Morgan Page, Ne-Yo, Paper Diamond, Redfoo, RL Grime, Ryan Lewis, Skrillex, Steve Angello, TJR, Tommy Trash, Will.i.am, Will Sparks, Wolfgang Gartner and poor, end-of-the-alphabet Zedd.


    This is also DJ Vice’s “Ayyy, I’m walkin’ here!” face. (Photo by Bobby Jameidar | SPYONvegas.com)

    Here we go: New Year’s, CES and AVN are all over, and now it’s the lull before pool season. A couple of local fixtures are on hand to entertain you on your Monday, though, with DJ Vice at Marquee and DJ Five at XS. Just a public service reminder: It’s never too early to start practicing your bikini-in-public look. (more…)


    Diplo’s digital Twerk on Demand service was a huge hit at CES. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    It’s the first Mad Decent Monday of 2014 at XS tonight, which means it’s also time to play the first round of What’s Diplo Tweeting Today?

    Getting a shadowpuppet haircut @homasafar http://t.co/qS0MutDaqH

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 14, 2014

    if i ever hit the big 1millie on Facebook I'm gonna make a mixtape of all the weird songs i produced for pop artists that didn't come out

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 13, 2014

    hope i get that job at applebees

    — Kim K Mutumbo (@diplo) January 13, 2014

    Hairdos for two-dimensional projections, a mixes-for-Facebook-fans scheme and the thin gruel of employment opportunities. That’s What Diplo’s Tweeting Today. (more…)


    They’re super committed to the end of the alphabet. (Photo by Roman Mendez | SPYONvegas.com)

    Can you ever get enough DJ announcements? No. No you cannot.

    The annual shuffle continues, with Zedd committing to XS, Encore Beach Club and Surrender in 2014, after spending last year spinning for Light and Daylight. Zedd starts up January 31. In an unrelated story, we have yet to commit as a resident anywhere. We’re still fielding offers for our bleeding-edge “Just play a bunch of old Ministry and White Zombie CDs” night.


    Mr. Monopoly is just taunting you about how little money you have.

    There are two things you love: High-end champagne, and being out on the busiest drinking night of the year. There is one thing you hate: Money.

    XS‘ $1 million Armand de Brignac Empire Collection to the rescue! For a cool mil (well, $1,281,000 with tax and tip), you’ll score 18 bottles of bubbly, from 750 ml soldiers to a 30-liter behemoth, painted by graffiti artist Alec Monopoly. And then you’ll also get a trip to Armand de Brignac’s maison, complete with tour of the private cellars and the opportunity to meet their winemaker. This seems to be the return fire for Hakkasan’s $500,000 Armand de Brignac package.

    Or you could do like we do: Stay home and pound five bottles of Cook’s for like eight bucks, tops.


    The giant toy receipt is as much an annual nightlife tradition as sexy Santa parties. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    The staffs of XS and Tryst actually went out in the sun yesterday morning to round up $190,698 worth of toys for donation at the KLUC Morning Zoo toy drive. This is the eighth year of donating, and the largest haul they’ve ever brought in–up from $172,000 last year–with money raised from staff contributions and tips. Over eight years, they’ve donated more than $700,000 in toys.

    It was basically a reverse-Grinch at the Rainbow & Spring Mountain Wal-Mart, with employees emptying shelves and buying up all 250 bikes in the store. The total haul needed six semis to bring it to the donation site.

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    Nobody expects the Deadmau5 drop-in set. His chief weapon is surprise. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    That whole Deadmau5-leaving-Hakkasan thing? Looks like the Mau5 himself is confirming it with a legit surprise set at XS Friday night.

    While in town to play at a private function he stopped by Wynn to catch up with longtime friend and XS and Tryst managing partner Jesse Waits. Over dinner at Andrea’s, Zimmerman joked with Waits that he should book him to return to XS that evening. Waits saidd that while he would love to host the Mau5, he couldn’t pay him.

    As rumors indicated that he and Hakkasan mutually dissolved his contract–one that reportedly made him the highest paid DJ per show in Vegas, it’s not about the money for Zimmerman. True to that notion, he told Waits that he would play at XS for free. So after finishing their meal the pair walked in XS at 11 p.m. and Zimmerman hit the decks shortly thereafter to play a full, two-hour “warm-up” set for Wolfgang Gartner.

    Word of the impromptu performance quickly spread by social media and the club was quickly at capacity–something that few venues manage to do during the typically slower pre-Thanksgiving period. As for the set, multiple sources said it was upbeat, high energy and true to Zimmerman’s style and “one for the record books”–a sentiment shared by the surprised Gartner when he made his way to the booth to find his unexpected opener.

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