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Photos: iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM Bring the 2016 Jingle Ball to Chicago

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Last night iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM brought the Jingle Ball Tour to Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. With the sold-out Windy City crowd watching, some of the biggest names in music brought a memorable night of live music to the Allstate. Artists like Ariana Grande, the Backstreet Boys, Ellie Goulding, Daya and Hailee Steinfeld (just to name a few) were there to give the packed arena a night that they will not soon forget.

First up for the night was the lovely and diversely talented, Hailee Steinfeld, who kicked things off with her track ‘You’re Such A’. Also performing tracks like her DNCE collaboration ‘Rock Bottom’, ‘Love Myself’ and ‘Starving’, which went platinum early this week, Steinfeld put on a great opening set for her Chicago fans, dubbing 2016 one of the best years of her entire life. And with a platinum single and a critical acclaimed film in theaters now, with “The Edge of Seventeen”, can you blame her?

Next up, emerging singer Daya greeted the Jingle Ball crowd, calling her recent Jingle Ball performances as “such a dream”. Daya performed songs like ‘Sit Still, Look Pretty’, ‘Words’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and of course the track that changed her life, ‘Hide Away’.

After Daya thanked the sold-out arena, it was time for Lukas Graham to hit the stage. Perhaps one of the top performances of the entire night, Lukas Graham exceeded the expectations of many. Like so many artists on the Jingle Ball lineup, Lukas Graham also have a lot to celebrate. Fresh of their three Grammy nominations, jumping from a spring Chicago performance of about 700 people to performing for a sold-out arena in Rosemont, and getting the crowd engaged with their tracks ‘You’re Not There’, ‘Mama Says’, ‘Strip No More’, ‘Drunk In The Morning’ and their big single ‘7 Years’, it’s a great time to be in Lukas Graham.

After fans finished singing along to ‘7 Years’, One Direction’s Niall Horan blessed the stage with a performance of his new solo track, ‘This Town’. Horan called Chicago his favorite city in the United States, a place where he would spend a lot of time while touring. Unfortunately for Niall though, he told the fans “it makes me upset that I only have one song to perform.” Don’t worry Niall, we are sure you’ll be back very soon with a debut solo album to perform.

Next on the Jingle Ball stage was Tove Lo, who not only played her biggest singles like ‘Habit (Stay High)’ and ‘Talking Body’, but also gave fans some awesome performances from her new LP, Lady Wood, including ‘Cool Girl’ and ‘True Disaster’.

And then it was time for probably the biggest performance of the night. That’s right, the Backstreet Boys are back, and they made a huge stop in Chicago before their forthcoming Las Vegas residency. Whether you were a mom who brought your daughter and her best friends or a ’90s baby (but birth certificate or just at heart), you probably lost your voice or hearing from all the screams. Opening with their mega-hit ‘Everybody’, which was the perfect opening track to set the tone for the rest of their performance, and later ending with their equally huge, ‘Larger Than Life’, BSB gave us years of hits and still was able to leave us wanting more. If you missed out on the Jingle Ball or if you were there and just a half hour of the Backstreet Boys left you feeling “incomplete”, well make your way to Planet Hollywood in Vegas from March to June and see what the Backstreet Boys “got going on”.

Met with the very difficult task of following one of the best selling groups of all-time, Ellie Goulding met the challenge head on and surely delivered. Goulding opened with her big hit single, ‘On My Mind’, and whether or not the track was inspired by Ed Sheeran’s displeasure of her rumored fling with fellow Jingle Ball artist Niall Horan, Ellie killed it. Goulding also performed tracks like ‘Anything Could Happen’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and busted out the guitar for her hit single ‘Burn’. Ellie hasn’t been around as long as BSB, but still her entire set was hit after hit. Ellie Goulding live will never disappoint.

While the Backstreet Boys were certainly the highlight for the moms in the audience, the night’s headliner was all about the daughters, as Ariana Grande closed out the Chicago stop on the Jingle Ball Tour. Ariana of course got things going with her huge 2016 single, ‘Side To Side’, and although she wasn’t joined by Nicki Minaj for the performance, Ariana didn’t need it. Grande kept the fans screaming and ended the night on a high note, and who can hit those high notes better than Ari? From top to bottom, everyone delivered for Chicago last night.

Check out our photos from the Jingle Ball last night in Chicago below, and peep the remaining dates on the Jingle Ball Tour here!

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Our Predictions for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The official nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards were announced moments ago and although there were a few surprises, superstar artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, Drake and Adele are looking to win big when the awards are announced next year on February 12th, 2017. And if reading the list of nominations has your scratching your head, wondering who will pick up the W for each particular category, don’t worry! We have the work cut out for you as we put together our list of predictions for some of Grammy‘s biggest categories.

Check out our predictions for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards below.

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10 Songs We Need to Hear at Los Angeles’ iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tickets for iHeartRadio and 102.7 KIIS FM‘s Jingle Ball sold out in a matter of minutes, and if you take a look at the lineup it’s no mystery why. With an amazing cast of performers, from headliners like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Bruno Mars, to the best emerging artists in music like Daya and Alessia Cara, fans in attendance at the Staples Center are bound to have an amazing night on Friday, December 2nd.

And with such a great list of artists, it’s only natural that we already have a list in mind, of songs that we absolutely need to hear at this year’s LA Jingle Ball. From Meghan Trainor’s infectious single ‘NO’ to Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’, there are a number of songs that we can’t wait to hear in December.

Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 songs that we need to hear at this year’s 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball, and although Los Angeles’ Jingle Ball is all sold out, be sure to check out the other dates for iHeartRadio’s Jingle Balls here!

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10 Songs We Need to Hear at Chicago’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tickets for iHeartRadio and 103.5 Kiss FM‘s Jingle Ball went on sale only hours ago and it won’t be long until Chicago’s Jingle Ball becomes sold out like New York and Los Angeles. And with amazing Jingle Ball artists like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, the Backstreet Boys, Ellie Goulding and more, it is no surprise why tickets are moving fast.

So whether you got your tickets the minute they went on sale, or if you’re one of the lucky ones who grabs some before they sell out, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite songs that we need to hear at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on December 14th. From Ellie Goulding’s ‘On My Mind’ to the classic Backstreet Boy record ‘I Want It That Way’, there are a bunch of must hear songs at the Jingle Ball this year.

Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 songs that we need to hear at this year’s 103.5 Kiss FM Jingle Ball, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now while you still can, and check out the other dates for iHeartRadio’s Jingle Balls here!

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iHeartRadio and 102.7 KIIS FM Announce Lineup for Los Angeles’ 2016 Jingle Ball

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

iHeartRadio and 102.7 KIIS FM gave their Los Angeles fans a sneak peak of their Christmas gifts this morning as the lineup for the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball was announced. Performing at this year’s LA Jingle Ball, which will take place Friday December 2nd at the Staples Center, will be Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Alessia Cara, Diplo, Lukas Graham, Daya and a special appearance from Niall Horan.

With something for everyone and a handful of artists that could sell out the Staples Center on their own, the Jingle Ball is easily the can’t miss concert in LA to wrap up your 2016. And if you have a Capitol One credit card you’re definitely in luck, as a special pre-sale is available from October 13th at 10:00 AM PT until the 16th (or until tickets sell out).

Get more information on tickets at 102.7 KIIS FM’s official website here.

Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM Announces 2016 Jingle Ball Lineup: Ellie Goulding, Ariana Grande, Backsteet Boys & More

BY TER STAFF

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM are bringing their Jingle Ball back to Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL and its lineup is bigger than ever. Performing at this year’s Chicago stop on the Jingle Ball, which will take place on December 14th, will be Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, the Backstreet Boys, Hailee Steinfeld, Daya, Lukas Graham and a surprise appearance by One Direction’s Niall Horan.

And if you have a Capitol One credit card, a special pre-sale is available from October 13th at 10:00 AM until the 16th (or until tickets sell out). With names like Ariana Grande and Ellie Goulding, this will definitely be a Jingle Ball for the ages, and not one that you’ll want to forget.

Check out our photos from last year’s 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball and get more information on tickets at 103.5 KISS FM’s official website here.

Lukas Graham Bring Their Spring Tour with Daye Jack to Chicago

BY ARIANA LABARRIE

Photo by Ariana LaBarrie
Photo by Ariana LaBarrie

Lukas Graham and Daye Jack made their Chicago tour stop at Wicker Park’s Double Door with a memorable sold out show last night, in what may be one the historic venue’s final shows. Daye Jack, a Nigerian rapper who released his debut mixtape Hello World straight from his dorm room at NYU, opened the show with songs from his debut project, as well as his 2015 EP Soul Glitch. Still relatively new to the game, Jack has already received some major co-signs, landing him on artists to watch lists from Huffington Post, Complex, Billboard, Pigeons & Planes and more. Daye Jack had loyal fans at the show, but also won over a new crowd last night with his socially conscious raps (something that resonates especially well in Chicago) and his music’s production, which is influenced by both soul and electronic music.

Daye Jack

Lukas Graham, a band from Denmark fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer, are known for their pop-soul music. Their mega single ‘7 Years’ which broke them into the U.S. scene, has peaked all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band opened the show with a slower record, ‘Better Than Yourself’, but then built momentum with performances of their records ‘Drunk In The Morning’ and ‘Take The World By Storm’. The momentum built led to an all out rager when the band jumped around along with the crowd to ‘Strip No More’. Later into their set they closed out the show with ‘Funeral’, where Lukas takes an uplifting view on death and talks about how he wants his funeral to be a celebration of life.  After having the crowd begging them to come back, the band came back to play ‘7 Years’ and ‘Happy Home’, an encore that the Windy City crowd will not soon forget.

Lukas teared up at the end of the show, saying that this has been the best night of his life and that Chicago has been the loudest crowd yet.  The show was extra special for him because he had flown his mom out to see the concert, so he smiled with sheepish pride while bowing to the sold out crowd.

Check out some of Ariana LaBarrie’s photos of Lukas Graham and Daye Jack’s Chicago performance, and see if they are traveling to a city near you, below!

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