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Chris Brown lands Las Vegas club residency

R&B star Chris Brown is set to become a regular in Las Vegas after landing a club residency deal.

The Loyal hitmaker has agreed to perform at least six shows at Drai's for $50,000 a gig, after previously impressing bosses with past appearances at the same venue.


According to TMZ.com, fellow singer Trey Songz is also in talks to rotate concerts with Brown.


Sin City has become a hotspot for pop star residencies of late - Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez have all recently secured big-money deals to delight fans in the gambling mecca.


News of the club residency emerges as Brown faces the prospect of having to cancel plans to tour Australia in December (15) due to his criminal record.


The 26 year old, who infamously beat up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, has been sent a "notice of intention to consider refusal" for his work visa application, according to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. The decision was made after women's rights campaigners Down Under lobbied politicians to ban him from entering the country.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also addressed the controversy while launching new domestic violence policies on Thursday (24Sep15). He told reporters, "This is a government that is not afraid to say no... The American singer Chris Brown strangled and beat up his then girlfriend Rihanna, he is set to visit Australia in December, but isn't allowed to enter New Zealand, why should he be allowed to enter the country?"


He has 28 days to appeal the ruling and present a case as to why he should be granted a visa.


Brown has yet to comment on the travel ban, but it's not the first time the star has encountered immigration issues as a result of his conviction. In addition to being banned from New Zealand, officials in the U.K. refused to issue him a visa in 2010, preventing him from touring there.