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Our 5 Favorite Moments from 103.5 KISS FM’s Chicago Jingle Ball with Jack Harlow, Pitbull & More


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It was was Christmas in Texas last night at iHeartRadio’s massive annual Jingle Ball Tour returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for an unforgettable night of live music at the Dickies Arena. As the crowd got to unwrap gifts from major music artists, new and old across all different genres, including Jack Harlow, the Black Eyed Peas, Lauv, Khalid and many more, the Jingle Ball is as amazing and festive as ever.


Jack Harlow Keeps Us Laughing

“First Class” rapper Jack Harlow had his hits and personality on full display Monday night. Between Harlow’s performances from his first two albums, as well as his massive Lil Nas X collab “Industry Baby”, the Louisville native kept us laughing with his between song banter. “Two white rappers in a row, that’s a bold move,” Harlow joked after following Macklemore. Harlow is impossible to not root for.

Pitbull Closes Out with the Hits

Monday night’s stacked lineup ended with the most seasoned veteran on the whole bill, Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. Delivering a 7-track set to put the cherry on top of a memorable night, Pitbull only brought the hits to the Allstate Arena. Starting with “Don’t Stop the Party” and finishing with “Give Me Everything”, Mr. 305 was easily a highlight in the 847.


Jax Finds a New Job

Jax is just a few performances into her career but its evident that she will be around for quite sometime as a performer. However she decided to pick up a second job as an arena security guard, as the “Victoria’s Secret” artist sported an arena staff members jacket during her performance. She blamed the wardrobe choice on a malfunction, but we are convinced that she just couldn’t resist making the joke during her opening set on Monday.

Khalid Spreads Positive Vibes

Khalid was nothing but smiles during his Allstate Arena performance for the Jingle Ball crowd. Khalid and his dancers kept us entertained throughout his 5-song set, with standout tracks like “Location”, “Talk”, “Better”, “lovely” and his Halsey collab, “Eastside”.


Macklemore Shines

Amongst an unbeatable lineup of musicians, one performer stood out the most, that being “Thrift Shop” rapper Macklemore. The Washington native was unstoppable on Monday and delivered an unmatched among of energy the reminded us of how great his live performances are. Macklemore challenged the sold-out arena to make sure that when he talked to his daughter following the Jingle Ball tour, Chicago would be the city that he told her was the most live. Chicago called Macklemore’s bluff and matched his energy from start to finish.


Review: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Kicks of in Fort Worth with Jack Harlow, Black Eyed Peas & More


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It was was Christmas in Texas last night at iHeartRadio’s massive annual Jingle Ball Tour returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for an unforgettable night of live music at the Dickies Arena. As the crowd got to unwrap gifts from major music artists, new and old across all different genres, including Jack Harlow, the Black Eyed Peas, Lauv, Khalid and many more, the Jingle Ball is as amazing and festive as ever.

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First up for the night was Atlantic Records recording artist, Jax. One of the many talented artists to emerge into stardom during the quarantine, Jax already has a successful pop record on her résumé but is still a stranger to the big stage. “Oh my god, I’m in an arena,” Jax told fans before kicking off her set. Opening with her nostalgic track “90s Kids”, Jax kept fans singing and laughing with her buff Santa costume throughout her 3-song performance. The New York native closed her set with her biggest record to date, “Victoria’s Secret”, before saying goodbye to her fans and incriminating herself, sharing her plans to sneak into the dressing rooms of some of her favorite musicians who would hit the stage moments later.

Next up was Lauren Spencer-Smith, an American Idol alum who has already surpassed her 18th season peers. The Canadian singer-songwriter performed a few tracks from her growing career, including her single “Narcissist”, which Spencer-Smith foreshadowed in the set by pointing out a fan in the crowd wearing the singles’ merch. Last but not least she ended her set with her breakout single, “Fingers Crossed”, the song that changed her life, which Spencer-Smith credits to its success on iHeartRadio.

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Following the two newcomers that rewarded fans for finding their seats on time, it was time for a Jingle Ball alum to return to the stage. Opening with her 2020 hit single, “King & Queens” the artistic and talented Ava Max hit the stage. Max was a woman of few words on Tuesday night, making time for her growing catalog of hits like “Sweet But Psycho”, “Weapons” and of course her Tiesto-assisted track, “The Motto”. The 6-song performance wasn’t without issue, as Max was noticeably adjusting her monitor during the set, but she handled it like a pro and sounded perfect dispute any sound issues that she was experiencing behind the mic.

After Ava Max crushed it, it was time for another newcomer, 23-year-old Nicky Youre who gave fans a little bit of everything. Not only did he close things out with his breakout single “Sunroof”, which has been heard by everyone with a TikTok account, but Youre also performed a lesser known single, a Neon Trees cover and even an unreleased track, “Weatherman”, which he told fans they’ll be able to hear soon if Tuesday night’s crowd liked it enough.

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The arena heard the loudest screams of the night perhaps when it was announced that Lewis Capaldi was up next. Making the journey from Scotland to Texas, Capaldi reminded us of his pipes and vocals throughout his set. When he wasn’t making us tear up with love songs like “Before You Go” and “Someone You Loved” he did a 180 making us crack up (no pun intended), talking about the big sh*ts (his words) that he has had to take due to the Texas BBQ that he has consumed since touching down in Dallas. Although he had a comedy bit about his chaffed buttcheeks practically as long as Jax’s set, he still delivered a number of our favorite songs.

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Moments later, another man who is no stranger to the Jingle Ball, Khalid, hit the stage to perform a collection of his biggest hits. Opening his set with his 2017 single “Young Dumb & Broke”, the RCA singer then followed things up with his Grammy nominated “Talk” and his Marshmello produced “Numb”, although the crowd could certainly feel every word. Although he performed 7 tracks, everyone was a hit, a trend that would continue throughout the night with the headlining acts.

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Delivering a dose of rap to the Jingle lineup on opening night was Jack Harlow. Harlow had just landed in Dallas from his homestate of Kentucky an hour before his set and he certainly hit the ground running with tracks like “Tyler Herro”, “I Wanna See Some Ass”, “Already Best Friends” and his massive Lil Nas X collab, “Industry Baby”. Next Harlow had the crowd rapping along with his breakout hit “What’s Poppin”, one of the highlights of the night. Despite the all ages crowd, Jack Harlow was unapologetically himself, but then again he wasn’t talking about his bowel movement like Lewis Capaldi so who would even complain about him wanting to see some ass? Harlow’s performance was evidence of why the Jingle Ball’s diversity across genres makes its such a “First Class” event.

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Although Jack Harlow is a tough act to follow, singer Lauv was up for the challenge for the second to last performance of the night. Opening with his 2021 single “All 4 Nothing”, Lauv instantly had the crowd dancing to his top songs. With a setlist that included tracks like his Troye Sivan-assisted “i’m so tired…”, “Modern loneliness” and “f*ck, I’m lonely”, Lauv may be tired and lonely in his music but he had a packed arena of screaming fans on Tuesday night. Putting a cherry on top of his set, the San Francisco native said goodbye to Fort Worth with his breakout 2018 single “I Like Me Better”.

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Last but certainly not least, the Black Eyed Peas performed a huge career spanning set that touched everything in their couple decades of hits but also left the crowd wanting more. The remaining energy Dallas had left was spent dancing and singer to huge hits like “Boom Boom Pow”, “Let’s Get It Started” and “Pump It Louder” to name a few. Jack Harlow wasn’t the only artist on the bill with ties to Fergie, but even without their legendary female vocalist, the will.i.am-led Black Eyes Peas are still a must see act. iHeartRadio couldn’t have picked a better group to end the night with for the first date of 2022’s Jingle Ball Tour.

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7 Songs We Need to Hear at Dallas’ iHeartRadio Jingle Ball with Jack Harlow, Black Eyed Peas & More


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Christmas comes early whenever iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour comes to town. Making it’s first stop at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX, everyone’s favorite holiday concert is again bringing the biggest names in music to a city near you. Kicking things off for the Dallas Jingle Ball this year are names like Jack Harlow, the Black Eyed Peas, Khalid, Ava Max, Lauv and more!

So with so many talented performs sharing the stage, there are of course several songs that we need to hear before the night is over. From Jack Harlow’s big hits from the past two years to the Black Eyed Peas catalog of bangers from the last two decades, check out our set-list wish-list for Tuesday night’s concert.

Here’s our list of the 7 songs that we need to hear at Dallas’ iHeartRadio Jingle Ball this week:

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Photos: iHeartRadio Festival’s Daytime Stage Shines with Performances from Avril Lavigne, 5 Seconds of Summer, Big Time Rush & More


Big Time Rush headlined the Daytime State for the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2022 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

Following an epic night of music at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile for night one of the annual iHeartRadio Festival, fans set their alarms to make it to Area 15 for the festival’s Daytime Stage. Boasting performances from veterans like Avril Lavigne, Big Time Rush and 5 Seconds of Summer, as well as some of music best emerging names across all genres like Chloe, Gayle and Girl In Red, the Daytime Stage had something for everyone.

With such an amazing lineup of musicians all in one afternoon, we had to check out the action first hand and capture some of our favorite moments from the outdoor festival. From Avril Lavigne’s performance of “Sk8er Boi” to 5SoS rocking out to their new single “Complete Mess”, the highlights from Saturday were endless.

Check out our photos from the iHeartRadio Festival’s Daytime Stage below!

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Avril Lavigne

5 Seconds of Summer

Big Time Rush




Maggie Rogers


Chase Rice

Carly Pearce


Girl In Red

Cheat Codes

Ryan Hurd

Lauren Spencer-Smith

B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash Brings Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes & More to Chicago’s Allstate Arena


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Chicago’s B96 brought some of the biggest names in pop for their annual B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash.

With star studded performances from Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, as well as awesome sets from Mike Posner, Lauv and Why Don’t We, last night was one to remember! Christmas came early on Saturday night.

Check out our photos from last night’s performance below!

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Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour Returns to the Windy City for his Biggest Chicago Show Yet


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It was just over a year ago that Ed Sheeran delivered an amazing performance at Chicago’s Allstate Arena for his headlining Divide (÷) Tour, and 13 months later Sheeran’s tour is still rolling and bigger than ever, as Sheeran made the leap from performing U.S. arenas to selling out stadiums. So although the songs and style have stayed about the same, Thursday night’s sold-out performance at Soldier Field was on an entirely different level than shows past.

Marking the Grammy winning singer’s biggest Chicago show to date, fans fought the cold to fill the home of the Chicago Bears to watch Ed Sheeran and his memorable one-man-show.

So to get the night started, fans who arrived on-time were rewarded with two great opening sets, from emerging ‘I Like Me Better’ singer Lauv and Northern Ireland’s Snow Patrol. From Lauv showing us why he is one of our favorite new artists to Snow Patrol closing their set with their mega-hit ‘Chasing Cars’, the first half of the night had its share of great moments.

But despite great sets to kick off the night, there was no denying that Ed Sheeran is the man who everyone came to see. And when we say “the man”, we couldn’t mean it more literally because it was Ed Sheeran and Ed Sheeran alone who blessed the stage for the headlining performance. No band, no backup singers, just Ed Sheeran, his guitar, a mic and a loop pedal, a long-time Sheeran staple for his live shows. However, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance and surely a few first timers, Sheeran still took the time to preface that he was performing with no pre-recorded instrumentals or a band hidden behind his massive stage production.

Sheeran started off his set on a high note with his ÷ single ‘Castle On The Hill’, before showing off his rapping skills with ‘Eraser’. Throughout the performance Sheeran jumped from tracks from ÷ and hits from his previous LPs, putting together a carefully crafted setlist. One minute fans are singing along to ‘The A Team’ and the next Chicago’s Irish community is jamming out to Ed’s performance of ‘Galway Girl’.

What was most surprising about Sheeran’s Soldier Field show was the night’s overall mood. Despite a huge stage and performing at the biggest venue in Chicago (reserved for the biggest names in music), Ed Sheeran still delivers an especially intimate performance. Talking with fans between songs and leaving the poppy tour theatrics at home, it feels like it’s just you and Sheeran in the room, that is until Sheeran closed out his performance with his 2014 track ‘Sing’, where there was no avoiding the 50,000 fans joining in the song’s chorus.

The night didn’t end there however, as Sheeran returned after his regular set to perform a 2-song encore of ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and his huge 2017 single ‘Shape Of You’, the track that likely played the biggest role in raising Sheeran to the stadium status that he holds in the U.S. today. While Sheeran’s regular set already made for a memorable night, the encore was the cherry on top of an amazing performance.

It isn’t hard to find a surplus of reasons to catch Ed Sheeran live on tour. He has dominated the charts for the past two years and his infectious personality makes him one of our favorite singer to root for, and did we mention he has one of the best voices in music today? While pop tours often follow a cookie-cutter format, Ed Sheeran’s creativity makes for a very unique and special experience that all music fans enjoy.

Last night’s show was certainly perfect in more ways than one.

Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of the Divide Tour here.

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