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New Challenge for DJ Tiesto

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New Challenge for DJ Tiesto

Things are looking pretty rosy for DJ Tiesto.

The 45-year-old has been a rising star ever since he opened the 2004 Olympic Games and since then has achieved a number of other accolades. In 2006, he was named the official worldwide ambassador for the Dance4Life Foundation, but today he has achieved something very different.

Tiesto, whose real name Tijs Michiel Verwest, has now been tasked with putting together the soundtrack for the well-famous fountain display at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The 15-minute show is well known for its soundtrack which usually plays the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, as well as Las Vegas residence headliners Elton John and Celine Dion.

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Tiesto, however, will be bringing a whole new kind of vibe to the display. Known for his current hits like Red Lights and Wasted as well as classics like "Del, the star has been hugely influential on the electronic dance music scene.

Tiesto has already been making his mark on the Las Vegas scene, having played a DJ set for 30 weekends of the year thus far at the Bellagio in the City of Sin. His set, which made its debut at the fountains on 17th September, featured a medley of songs from his latest album, A Town Called Paradise. Tiesto has told fans that the album name is inspired by Las Vegas itself, making him all the more significant a choice for the fountains' latest soundtrack.

The show also marks the first occasion in which design firm WET, the company who created the dancing fountains, will have collaborated with a song's artist on a specific show.

Tiesto told fans: “Las Vegas is like my second home and I'm excited to leave a permanent mark on the city I love. The Fountains of Bellagio bring my songs to life in a new and dynamic way that I can't wait for my fans to experience.”

As home to so many famous DJs, Vegas can be a hectic experience for the likes of Tiesto, with a schedule so busy he probably lacks any time to go gambling in the casinos themselves. Doubtless he'll be spending his free periods trying out the games at – he'll certainly need the rest before his big Australian tour kicks off in November.

Winning big won't be a concern of his any time soon, however – having achieved so much this year, he's also recently been crowned the world's third highest-paid DJ by Forbes.

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