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Review: iHeartRadio Music Festival Kicks Off with Performances from Morgan Wallen, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie & More

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Lionel Richie brings the Hello Tour to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL on June 11, 2019.

Last night the always star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile arena for a packed evening of performances from the top names in music across all genres and several decades. Kicking things off for the festival’s 2022 lineup, names like Morgan, Wallen, the Black Eyed Peas, Diplo, Sam Smith, Lionel Richie and many more all graced the stage.

Up first for the evening, none other than Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, helped fans feel the moment with some of his biggest hits like “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Timber”, “Give Me Everything” and more. A late add to the 2022 lineup, Pitbull was a great bonus for the Las Vegas crowd and was a perfect selection to kick things off, although creating a tough act to follow for the rest of the night’s performers.

Next up, Sam Smith blessed the stage and gave fans the perfect blend of the new and the old. Not only did Smith perform some of his biggest early hits like “Latch” and “Stay With Me”, but he delivered a very special performance of his brand new single “Unholy”. Fans not only were treated to the first live performance of the new single, but Smith also brought out the song’s collaborator, Kim Petras, for a unforgettable surprise. Don’t be surprised if their new track becomes one of the hottest songs of the end of 2022.

Following Smith’s 6-track performance, a music icon, Lionel Richie, danced on the ceiling to perform of career spanning set with some of his classics. Just because Richie has been sitting in the judges seat lately, doesn’t mean that he forgot how to perform himself, as the 73-year-old singer still can work a crowd.

Switching up genres for a moment, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s The Black Keys gave a big dose of rock to the T-Mobile arena. Although the duo doesn’t perhaps share a huge fanbase with some of the other festival performers, they won the crowd over with their music either way. Continuing to deliver for the older half of the crowd on Friday night, Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo took fans back to the ’80s with classics like “Love is a Battlefield” and an awesome mashup of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” with Benatar’s 1979 single “Heartbreaker”.

Taking things forward a couple decades, the Black Eyed Peas returned to the iHeartRadio stage and reminded fans of the countless number of hits that they have in their back pocket. Without enough time to even perform full versions of their hits, BEP delivered energetic performances of songs like “Let’s Get It Started”, “Where Is the Love?”, “I Gotta Feeling”, “Pump It” and “Boom Boom Pow”. No Fergie, no problem. The Black Eyed Peas will always get a crowd on their feet.

Next up, it was time to bring a little bit of country to the Sin City as country music’s biggest emerging star, Morgan Wallen, was the headlining singer for the night full of music legends. While certainly a country superstar, Wallen’s music casts a wide net and his performances of songs like “You Proof” and “Whisky Glasses” were a perfect fit for the evening.

But what would a iHeartRadio Music Festival be without one of the world’s top DJs? And for that reason, Diplo had to close things out with his mixes of some of the biggest tracks today.

Finally, to close things out with one final surprise, Diplo welcomed back Morgan Wallen to the stage as the two performed their 2020 collab “Heartless” live for the Las Vegas crowd as a final goodbye to the epic night (until the festival runs things back tomorrow of course).

Lollapalooza Photo Series: Sam Smith

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

This past weekend we wrapped up our second straight year at Lollapalooza. And while we already shared some of our favorite moments from the Windy City festival, we wanted to share more photos of some of our favorite performers at Lolla this year. In total we saw a number of great performances from The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Tyler The Creator, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky and Marina and the Diamonds, just to name a few.

Check out our first Lollapalooza Photo Series piece this year, of Sam Smith’s amazing performance below!

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Our Favorite Moments from Lollapalooza 2015

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

We just got back from Lollapalooza 2015 and our second year at Chicago’s premiere music festival was as great as the first! Although a storm brought a brief evacuation to the Windy City festival, no performances where cancelled and fans saw some great sets from Sam Smith, Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott (before he was arrested), Logic, Tyler the Creator, Marina and the Diamonds, George Ezra, and many many more.

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Disclosure and Sam Smith Reunite for New Single, “Omen”

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Photo by Dani Canto

Following their mega-successful collaboration ‘Latch’, Disclosure and Sam Smith have again teamed up, this time for Disclosure’s new single ‘Omen’. Off their forthcoming sophomore album, Caracal, which is due out September 25th on Capitol Records, ‘Omen’ is another great record from Smith and the talented production duo. The official video is live now, and fans can sure purchase the track tomorrow, July 28th. “It was really exciting,” says Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence on the new record. “We had three whole days to hang out with Sam and write, which are two of my favorite things to do.”

Watch the official music video for ‘Omen’ below.

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Six Degrees: Sam Smith to Paul McCartney (Lollapalooza Edition)

BY DAN GARCIA

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

Here at The Early Registration we like to pride ourselves on our music knowledge. To stay polished on our musical expertise, our new feature is a little game of musical “6 Degrees”. For those who are unfamiliar, six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone in the world is connected by six or fewer steps, so we are now taking the liberty of connecting musicians whom you would never think could be connected, in exactly six steps. This week our  piece is dedicated to Lollapalooza amazing lineup, which is coming to Chicago in just a couple of weeks. To keep things interesting we challenged ourself to connect one Lollapalooza headliner (Sam Smith) to another Lollapalooza headliner (Paul McCartney). The twist is can we do this using only other artists from Lollapalooza’s lineup this year? Find out below!

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The Most Anticipated Acts of Lollapalooza 2015

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

Lollapalooza’s lineup is stacked this year, a lineup that even competes with last year’s schedule of Outkast, Eminem, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels and more. So if you got your tickets before they sold-out then consider yourself very lucky. Chicago fans will see some of the biggest and best names in music at Grant Park from July 31st to August 2nd. From some of music’s top emerging artists to some huge marquee headliners, you will want to be need to be in Chicago this summer.

While it was definitely hard to decide who we are most excited to see at Lolla this year, hit the jump to check out our ten most anticipated acts of Lollapalooza 2015. Also be sure to check out Lollapalooza.com for more information.

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Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + the Machine to Headline Lollapalooza 2015

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

Lollapalooza just revealed its 2015 lineup, and this year Chicago’s top music festival will feature headlining performances from Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence + the Machine. Festival goers can also see sets from Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Raury, Travis Scott, Young Thug, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator and more! Although the lineup is low on top rap headliners, this year’s lineup certainly competes with 2014’s lineup, which included Outkast, Eminem, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Chance the Rapper and more.

This year Lollapalooza runs from July 31st to August 2nd, downtown at Grand Park. You definitely will not want to miss out on Lollapalooza this year and stay tuned for Lolla’s Aftershow schedule (which should release later this summer).

Check out Lollapalooza.com for more information and peep the lineup below.

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Songs of the Week ft. Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Charles Hamilton & More!

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Songs of the Week

The best and brightest of this past week in music, as well as a throwback track! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings. This week alone we have a brand new leak from Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming sophomore LP, the return of Charles Hamilton (with the help of Rita Ora), an unreleased Kim Kardashian inspired track from Kanye West, and a charitable remix by John Legend and Sam Smith. Get started at the jump below to check out our favorite records of the past week.

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Watch John Legend Join Sam Smith for a Duet of Smith’s “Lay Me Down”

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No two artists quite have the pipes and song-writing talents of John Legend and Sam Smith. And in support of the charity Comic Relief, the two combined talents for a brand new recording of Smith’s single ‘Lay Me Down’. Check out the charitable duet below and buy it now on iTunes. 100% of the profits go to Comic Relief, which aims to change the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the U.K. and Africa. Both Smith and Legend graciously opted-out of receiving any royalties from the proceeds on this one and you can also watch the two perform the track live (for the first and only time) on Friday, March 13 on Comic Relief – Face the Funny via BBC One.

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Squamish Valley Music Festival Reveals 2015 Lineup

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

Canada’s premier music fest, Squamish Valley Music Festival, has revealed its 2015 lineup. Taking place at the Centennial Fields in Squamish, British Columbia, this year’s festival runs from August 7-9 and includes a number of great acts. Headlining the festival this year includes Drake, Mumford and Sons, and Sam Smith but the undercard is just as great. Squamish fans in 2015 will be able to check out performances from Chance the Rapper, Schoolboy Q, Brandom Flower, Alabama Shakes, Hot Chip, George Erza, Vance Joy, Benjamin Booker and many more. Check out the lineup poster below!

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