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Rihanna (8:15 p.m.)
Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 54million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She's put out 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 13 number-one singles and won 8 Grammy Awards. With over 6 billion views and 20 Vevo certified videos she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 89 million friends. In addition, she's successfully launched five fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for MAC & Viva Glam. At the end of 2014, Rihanna became PUMA's global ambassador for Women’s Training and now serves as the Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections.
Passion Pit (4 p.m.)
Ask Michael and he will tell you that Passion Pit is a character, this 19-year-old him with his back against the wall, his life a blur. He slips back into this skin to deal with all the things that he wasn’t able to deal with then. He slips back to investigate the dark memories that he has never gotten over. “I keep going back to this,” he says. “Sometimes I don’t want to, but you have to for Passion Pit.”
This time, slipping back in, life was not so blurry.
The music that poured out of him became more simple and clear. He finally had fun making this record. It made him laugh, more than anything else in his life. He played with pop-song tropes he had previously found annoying—sing-along choruses, even Auto-Tune—to make them not-annoying by exaggerating them, inverting them, scrambling them in typical Passion Pit fashion. The new songs are direct and color saturated, like films from the ‘50s. Songcraft was crucial. Just cut the bullshit and write a good song, he told himself. Though this being Passion Pit, nothing is ever so simple. This is complicated minimalism, meticulous construction built around unfettered vulnerability. In taking a shortcut, Michael inevitably ends up on the scenic route.
The lyrics bundle universal truths of everyday life, dressed up and performed like a musical. Michael’s falsetto machetes through the flowers of keyboards, vines of loops, and thorns of hooks to the front and center. There is a newfound, brazen sensuality that allows us to slip into his body with him. “Pop is certainly an art form, but it’s also a really powerful platform,” he says. “Instead of going on Twitter or sharing everything on social media, I just make music.”
Bleachers (2:15 p.m.)
Hailing from New Jersey, 30 year old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2002, with Jack as the lead singer, the success of New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train was well underway. Steel Train's cult following lead them to make their national television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and later appeared on Late Show With David Letterman. In 2008, Jack joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the Grammy award winning fun.
In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Jack is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. His achievements include fun. being honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2014 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and co-writing fun.'s Grammy award winning song "We Are Young" and Grammy nominated album Some Nights. Jack co-wrote and produced Taylor Swift’s chart topping hit “Out of the Woods” along with two other tracks from her #1 album 1989. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Sweeter Than Fiction." Jack has also worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy nominated hit "Brave", and Canadian Indie icons Tegan and Sara.
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