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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Las Vegas Shakeup

When the Hakkasan Group launched its flagship Las Vegas club and restaurant at the MGM Grand in 2013, its executives hinted at something more to come. The company had just opened the doors at a $100 million dollar, 80,000 square-foot facility–the largest of its kind in North America—but CEO Neil Moffitt cautioned that it was just the beginning for the hospitality brand.

Since then, Hakkasan Group has negotiated a series of global partnerships and acquisitions, the largest of which may be a deal for a Las Vegas competitor that would alter the nightlife landscape of Sin City. According to multiple sources, Hakkasan is set to acquire Morgans Hotel Group’s stake in Light Group, the operator of Vegas nightclubs including Light and 1 Oak.

While the final purchase price is unclear, those familiar with the negotiations suggested that the deal could be valued at more than $40 million in cash and debt, with Hakkasan taking control of about 20 restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami. Hakkasan would be buying Morgans’ 90% stake in Light Group, which the New York-based hospitality company bought in late 2011 for $46.5 million in cash and debt.

Those familiar with the deal said that negotiations between the two companies have gone on for months as Hakkasan continues its aggressive expansion strategy.  Earlier this year, the company bought San Diego-based Enlightened Hospitality Group, which operates Southern California fine dining restaurants, and partnered with MGM Resorts MGM -1.78% to build non-gaming hotels in a joint venture known as MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

Multiple sources also confirmed that Hakkasan had made inquiries to buy out nightlife operator Tao Group, whose venues include Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub and New York’s Marquee. Those inquiries were made earlier this year, but never led to substantial negotiations, said those close to the companies.

By purchasing Light Group, Hakkasan will consolidate the crowded nightlife industry and absorb one of the newer venues to open on the Las Vegas strip. Located inside the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay, Light Nightclub opened in May 2013 and was set up to compete with Hakkasan’s behemoth venue, which launched in April of that year.

Since debuting its Vegas venue, Hakkasan Group, whose ownership can be traced back to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has continued to establish itself as a major player in Sin City entertainment. The company will also add to its Vegas portfolio with the opening of the 75,000-square foot Omnia at Caesars Palace in the spring of 2015.

If Hakkasan is able to complete its deal for Light, the hospitality firm may own three of the largest nightclubs by the time of Omnia’s opening next year. It would also presumably take over Light’s smaller properties and restaurants, including Japanese eatery Yellowtail and Bellagio-based club, The Bank. One person close to the negotiations noted that, as part of the deal, Hakkasan would be committing money toward the future improvement of current venues and the development of new properties.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lady Gaga to Open New Store on Las Vegas Strip

Lady Gaga took to Twitter to announce that her Haus of Gaga store will officially open at the Park MGM in Las Vegas on May 30 to celebrate the return of her wildly popular Enigma residency.

While Gaga has yet to reveal what will be sold at the store, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, there will reportedly be a range of Gaga-branded products available for purchase.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mally Mall Pleads Guilty In Prostitution Case

Rapper/producer “Mally Mall” Rashid pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 21) to operating a prostitution enterprise disguised as escort businesses, federal prosecutors and his defense attorneys said. Rashid, 44, faces prison time of at least one month, and up to 33 months when he is sentenced Jan. 21. His plea resolved a criminal case that became public following an FBI raid at his Las Vegas home in September 2014, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich and defense attorney David Chesnoff said.

Rashid won’t have to register as a sex offender, both sides said. He pleaded guilty to one charge of using an interstate facility to aid unlawful activity, Trutanich said in a statement. Rashid admitted that for more than a decade he operated escort businesses that “induced and enticed numerous women to engage in prostitution,” Trutanich said.

In some instances, prosecutors said Rashid’s credit card was used to pay airfare and other travel-related expenses for women he featured in advertisements for prostitution on paid websites such as Backpage and Eros.

“We think this is a just resolution,” said Chesnoff, speaking for his client and Atlanta-based attorney Steven Sadow. “We’re pleased this matter has been resolved, as the allegations date back many, many years.”

A California Bay Area native, Mall has worked with a variety of artists including Tyga, Justin Bieber, Usher and Sean Kingston. His 2013 collaboration with Tyga, “Molly,” reached No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mall also was featured in the VH1 reality TV series Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. At the same time the FBI served warrants at his million-plus-dollar home southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, agents raided his business, Las Vegas Concierge VS1, just off the Strip.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chris Brown Named Suspect

The R&B singer was identified as the man who allegedly assaulted another adult male during a basketball game at Palms Casino Resort, according to the Las Vegas police. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries, which were sustained after a verbal spat lead to a physical fight.

“Mr. Brown has been given the option of signing a citation for misdemeanor battery, or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” the press release reads. “As of this release, the LVMPD has not heard from Mr. Brown or his attorney indicating whether or not he would sign the citation.”

Chris Brown has been named a suspect in a basketball-related battery incident that went down during the early hours of Monday, May 4, according to Las Vegas police. After spending years on probation for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown was officially taken off probation in March of 2015.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

What Is the ‘J. Lo Effect’?


Just last week, one of the “Selling Sunset” stars, Chrishell Stause, revealed on Instagram that she is dating Jason Oppenheim, who, with his twin brother, Brett, owns the high-end brokerage where she is an agent. Ms. Stause captioned the post, which featured several pictures from a cast trip to Capri, Italy: “The JLo effect."

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Shooting Dice Was Migos Culture


As the world continues to mourn the passing of Migos member Takeoff, who was senselessly killed after a dice game went wrong, it is essential to remember that the dice game--also called "craps" or "rolling bones" was part of their culture.

While mourning the sad loss of Takeoff, who was tragically murdered after a dice game gone wrong, it is vital to remember that to the Migos, shooting dice was their culture.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Usher Talks Being Single


Usher has been making waves with his residency in Las Vegas, with his show even causing some turmoil in the relationship between actor Keke Palmer and her current boyfriend. Navigating the situation wasn’t difficult for Usher, but the singer recently described points in his dating life that were. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Terry Watson Becomes New Lima, Ohio Celebrity

Lima, Ohio has introduced their very own local celebrity Terry Watson in a major way. Terry Watson, known locally as the “Little Caesar’s Dancing Guy,” entertains passers-by on a daily basis with his sign spinning and dance routine. On May 4, the local celebrity took his talents from the parking lots of Lima to the big stage in Las Vegas, where he placed second in the Little Caesar’s shaker board contest.

The shaker board contest is a competition among Little Caesar’s restaurants across the U.S. and the world. Each franchise sends in a video of their “shaker board dancer” to the company’s corporate office, where a panel of executives reviews the tapes and selects three people to attend the international contest in Las Vegas.

Watson was chosen out of hundreds of applicants, and received an all-expenses-paid trip to compete during Little Caesar’s annual franchisee meeting. Watson said he was “shocked” that he was chosen, but his boss, Ron Massey, wasn’t the least bit surprised.

“He’s been close to the top three for the last couple years, and this year he finally made it to the big show,” said Massey, who owns Little Caesar’s restaurants on Cable Road and Calumet Avenue. “What makes him so good is he’s doing what he loves. If you have a passion for what you’re doing, you’re twice as good at it.”

Massey said Watson has a “thousand-watt smile that everyone loves,” and that it’s not uncommon for customers and passers-by to hand him money or Kewpee hamburgers.

“I call him the richest man in Lima,” Massey said.

Back at work Tuesday, Watson was only a few minutes into his routine before he started getting honks and waves from drivers passing by the restaurant. He said in the past, he’s had children take pictures with him and ask for his autograph.

“I just love interacting with people and seeing their smiles,” Watson said. “It makes me smile inside.”

Despite his celebrity status, Watson said he doesn’t let it go to his head.

“I’m not a celebrity,” he said with a smile, “I’m just Terry.”

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

Sunday, April 27, 2014

First Givenchy Store In The US

+GIVENCHY will be opening a new store in the United States for the first time in Las Vegas, NevadaGivenchy, the French haute couture brand makes its US debut by opening up a 3100 square foot in Las Vegas. Back in 2008, Givenchy’s New York City flagship was shut down.
Part of the luxury group LVMH, the fashion label’s latest opening on the US shore will house luxury clothing and accessories for men as well as women. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and more, Givenchy adds more glamour to the shopper’s paradise at the Wynn and Encore Esplanades.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Darren Sharper Indicted

Almost 10 months after the Los Angeles County District Attorney‘s Office charged NFL safety Darren Sharper with seven felony counts, including two counts of rape by use of drugs, the 39-year-old Sharper was indicted in Louisiana Friday on aggravated rape and simple rape charges following a grand jury investigation.

If convicted of committing aggravated rape in Louisiana, Sharper would face “life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence,” according to a press release issued by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office earlier this year, citing Louisiana state law. The Orleans Parish DA obtained arrest warrants for Sharper and his acquaintance, Erik Nunez, on Feb. 27, 2015.

According to a spokesman for the Orleans Parish DA, Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of simple rape, Nunez was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of obstruction of justice, and another Sharper acquaintance, Brandon Licciardi, was indicted on three counts of human trafficking, one count of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated battery. Licciardi, a sergeant who worked in the traffic division of the St. Bernard (La.) Sheriff’s Office until being reassigned in June after he was under investigation, resigned Friday.

Sharper has already pleaded not guilty to charges in the L.A. County case. He remains jailed in Los Angeles. His lead attorney, Blair Berk, did not return a call and email from the Daily News for comment.Sharper was served an indictment by Tempe, Ariz. detectives March 12, and he was charged with two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs.

A Las Vegas investigation into similar alleged criminal behavior by Sharper — drugging women and sexually assaulting them — is still open, according to a Las Vegas Metro Police spokesman. A Miami Beach investigation of Sharper for alleged sexual assault was closed in May and no charges were filed.

Arizona authorities announced in March that they would not seek to extradite Sharper to face charges there until the Los Angeles rape case was completed. The Orleans Parish DA spokesman and assistant DA, Christopher Bowman, told the Daily News that while it is his office’s policy not to “comment on open cases, which this is now, all I will say is we are confident that we will be able to try Mr. Sharper within the time limits allowed under the law.”

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Las Vegas Hotel Caught Refusing Entry to Rapper Meek Mill

In order to keep the number of black people down at their hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada refused entry to rapper Meek Mills.

The video shows a hotel security guard telling Mill he has to leave the premises, without providing a reason as to why.

The hotel's response to the incident still did not provide a reason for Mill's ban. “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on legal matters,” the hotel said in a statement. “Our guests' safety and security always remains our top priority.” An attorney for Mill has threatened legal action unless the hotel “promptly” apologizes and grants Mill access.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Has A New Manager


A few days ahead of his headlining performance at Day N Vegas this weekend, it has been announced that rapper Kendrick Lamar has a new business manager. The pgLang co-founder is working with Anthony Saleh, who is well-respected in the music industry as the longtime manager of Nas.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

50 Cent vs Floyd Mayweather

Rapper +50 Cent released a statement saying that boxer +Floyd Mayweather can not beat him. 50 recently stopped by Power 106 and threw no-shade shade at the boxing champ, saying, “Don’t get it twisted at all. He’s still the best fighter…He won’t kick my ass. I’m 220 right now,” he said.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Ellen DeGeneres Helps Jennifer Lopez Prep for Her Las Vegas Show


What happens in Vegas goes on TV. Watch as Ellen visited J.Lo at her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and helped the superstar prep for her show.

Watch as Ellen DeGeneres, wearing a hilarious costume, visits Jennifer Lopez in her dressing room to inform the "Jenny From the Block" singer that she's going to be her go-to gal in case of emergency.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Shooting In Las Vegas Strip Music Event

I'm sorry to announce this, but 2 has been denounced dead and 100's injured at a event in the Vegas strip. 14 of them are in a critical condition following the shooting at a music festival near Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with the police confirming that one suspect was down.

It's sad that it's not safe to be at almost any event taking place all over the world with so much violence spooring up. We pray for all families who lives has been changed during this event.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jay Z Celebrates Scoring Big Off Bet

(Not only is Cotto Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports client, but Jay-Z put up a whopping $100,000 against Oscar De La Hoya that says Cotto will win. If Cotto loses, Jay has to donate the $100,000 to the White Memorial Medical Center’s cancer unit. However, if Oscar’s client, Alvarez, comes out on top, Oscar has to cough up $100,000 towards Jay’s Shawn Carter Foundation.

Miguel Cotto will be fighting Canelo Alvarez next week in Vegas, and it’s in Jay-Z’s best interest if Cotto ends the match victoriously. Let’s get ready to rumble! The fight airs live on HBO pay-per-view from Las Vegas on November 21st.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

See How Beyoncé and Jay-Z Celebrated 13 Years of Marriage


The most powerful couple in music, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, just celebrated 13 years of marriage with a quick trip to Las Vegas, as you do.

The “Drunk in Love” spouses got married on April 4, 2008. You can catch a glimpse of their wedding—plus other sweet, candid moments from their relationship—in the “Die With You” video, released on their ninth anniversary:

This year Bey didn’t drop a video, but she did share photos from their two-person party. In a series of snaps called “Sin City” and posted to her website, Bey and Jay-Z are shown taking a private jet and dining at Cipriani Vegas.

Monday, August 6, 2018

#NewMusic JR Castro - Bon Voyage @JRCastroLV

It’s been nearly a year since R&B artist JR Castro released his EP Sexpectations. Now, before the summer slips away, the Las Vegas native returns with a sizzling vibe titled “Bon Voyage” featuring Breakfast N Vegas.

The Sin City singer/songwriter continues to showcase his intentions of making women feel special over the bouncy island-inspired production.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Watch Kendrick Lamar Live In Las Vegas


Kendrick Lamar headlined the first night of the Day N Vegas festival with a set featuring child dancers and spanning his four albums. See Kendrick Lamar perform "Chapter 10" & "Ronald Reagan Era" in the live footage below!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Bendable TV

+Samsung USA and +Samsung Camera has shown off the Bendable TV – an 85in (216cm) prototype that allows the curvature of its screen to be adjusted by remote control.

LG has also announced a smaller 77in (196cm) flexible TV of its own that is based on OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.

The firms suggest that a curved screen can enhance the viewing experience. The tech would allow the sets’ owners to determine how bent the screens should be taking into account how many people were watching them and how far away they were sitting. The screens would have the added benefit of being able to be left flat against the wall when not in use.