Could Adele Be Headed for Las Vegas?

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It's been a while since we've heard from the "Someone Like You" singer Adele. She took a break from music after she got pregnant and had a baby boy named Angelo. But recently, there have been rumors that Adele will be next in line for a Las Vegas residency.

If the deal goes through, it could be a two-year stint in Vegas for Adele, who would join the likes of Elton John, Celine Dion, and, most recently, Britney Spears. Back in January 2013, Adele confirmed she was working on a third album, so it's certainly possible.

Of course, these rumors have come courtesy of an anonymous source, so it's unclear if Adele really will spend time in Las Vegas — for a residency or otherwise.

Would you see Adele in Vegas?

The iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup and festival dates were announced this week. Now in its third year, the festival will take place Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

Since the two-day show features performances by some of the biggest acts in music, it's no surprise that Justin Timberlake is headlining the concert. Not only did he partner with iHeartRadio for his album release party, but he's already had an incredible year in terms of "The 20/20 Experience" sales. By the time the show rolls around in autumn, it'll be a great opportunity for him to promote his second album. Plus, his tour partner, Jay-Z, was even one of the headliners for the 2011 fest (a full lineup can be found below) — so maybe he'll make an appearance?

Even if Hov doesn't show up, there are plenty of other artists joining Timberlake at the show.

The 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup:

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Review: Phantom Las Vegas really is a spectacular show

Sign outside Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular

When I was in Las Vegas the week before last, I had the opportunity to see Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian. Like Penn & Teller, I somehow hadn't yet gotten to it. In this case, though, I had actually stayed at The Venetian for three consecutive years. I guess three years of hearing the main theme everywhere in the casino finally got to me, because I couldn't pass it up, especially after I learned that the show is closing in September.

The cast

First let me say that everybody was fantastic. Anthony Crivello as The Phantom, of course, but also Kristi Holden as Christine, Andrew Ragone as Raoul, Tina Walsh as Madame Giry, and the rest of the ensemble as well. They played their parts well, and Crivello in particular had a way of keeping the audience captivated. However, for me, John Leslie Wolfe as Monsieur André, and Lawson Skala as Monsieur Firmin, often stole the show at some points. They were hilarious, and the two actors have great chemistry together.

I'm still not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, they didn't so overshadow the two main cast members to make their performances pale in comparison. On other other hand, Wolfe's and Firmin's performances definitely left me wanting more appearances from their characters. Don't get me wrong; this show is about The Phantom and Christine, but they just didn't have quite as much an effect on me as Wolfe and Firmin (except maybe disliking The Phantom a bit for killing people). Maybe I'm just more into comedy than romantic drama, but after seeing them in this show, I want to see a spin-off featuring Monsieurs André and Firmin.

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Me with two Matsuri performers

Two weeks ago I traveled to Las Vegas for Ticket Summit®. I decided to arrive early in order to see the sights and catch a show. When I went to decide on a show a few weeks ago, I knew I didn't want to pay a lot of money. I also knew I wanted to see something good, and something off the beaten path created by shows like Cirque. At first it seemed like an impossible combination, if only because of the huge number of shows to choose from.

Enter Matsuri. I was initially attracted by its name and its description, but the reviews seemed pretty good, too. Still, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I decided to go, anyway.

Margaritaville in Las Vegas

I arrived in Vegas on Sunday evening and went to get my ticket. Good thing, too, as Imperial's entrance is kind of hidden, even though the hotel is on the Strip. After getting my ticket, I headed over to Margaritaville for a meal, and then headed to bed.

On Monday afternoon, I arrived at the theater, only to find that my seat was stage side. Oh boy! were my first thoughts. Was I going to kill my neck craning it to see all the acrobatics? Was I going to need a masseuse afterward?

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