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December 3, 2010
KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball rings in the holiday season with a slew of performances from chart-topping pop phenoms, including Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly, B.o.B., Hayley Williams (of Paramore), Travis McCoy, Taio Cruz, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars and Far East Movement. It's pretty much the entire contents of your car radio playlist in the flesh. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 5 p.m. Sun. $80-$155. (213) 763-6030. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com
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December 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Miley Cyrus isn't taking much of a holiday break. After spending the last few weeks playing Clear Channel-branded Jingle Ball concerts in various cities ( including Los Angeles ), the controversial pop star on Thursday released a new music video for "Adore You," a spacey ballad from this fall's "Bangerz" album. An unauthorized version of the clip appeared online ahead of schedule Wednesday, prompting Cyrus to complain on Twitter (spiced with some choice four-letter language)
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December 9, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez slipped an F-bomb into her set during KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles due to some frustration over sound problems.  Audio and microphone malfunctions rattled the former Disney star and eventually led to her walking off stage Friday night at Staples Center. "Sorry, the sound isn't working!" Gomez told the crowd, according to Us Weekly and an amateur video shot at the concert. "Are you guys having a good night? I promise, a lot cooler people are gonna come out tonight.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2013 | By Meg James
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord. Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including American Honda Motor Co., Netflix and K-Mart are betting that tongue-in-cheek sells. Perhaps for good reason: U.S. consumers are tired of sugarcoated Christmas commercials, according to a recent online survey of more than 2,000 consumers.
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November 29, 2012
KIIS' Jingle Ball is an annual winter pop explosion that this year features Taylor Swift, Kesha, Justin Bieber and your usual suspects of top 40 singles fare (along with a smattering of electronic dance music stars like Zedd, Afrojack and YouTube denizen Psy). Proof positive that pop radio is maybe the most omnivorous space in music right now. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 6 p.m. Sat and Mon. $85.25-$185.25. nokiatheatre.com.
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December 2, 2012 | By August Brown
The Jonas Brothers covering Frank Ocean -- now there's a Rorschach test for how you feel about pop music today. On the one hand, when the once-omnipotent teen-pop trio played Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" during its set at KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, it might have signaled that even Disney sitcom bands can grow into adventurous good taste. Even if their seducer's falettos lacked Ocean's gravitas, hey, at least the arc of music bends toward the good stuff, and they might take a lot of post-tweens with them.
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December 21, 2002 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
The annual KIIS-FM Jingle Ball concert treated pop fans to some of 2002's bigger hit-makers on Thursday at the Arrowhead Pond. Yet the assortment of divas, crooners and sassy teens amounted to little more than a few trinkets (and a lump of coal or two) wrapped up in a giant, flashy package topped with cascades of glittery fake snow. Almost everyone mined '80s music in some way, from pop to new wave to rock.
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December 18, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pop music is unpredictable. It can be moving, disappointing, alarming. The Jingle Ball holiday concert hosted by KIIS-FM (102.7) at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday was a microcosm of all those sentiments, gathering a broad variety of contemporary Top 40 hitmakers, with the extra bonus of an unscheduled anatomy lesson for the kids by the R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo. The night's most energetic musical moments would come later, during sets by Christina Aguilera and Jon Bon Jovi.
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December 21, 2001 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pop radio is a strange place, a gathering of disparate sounds and intentions mingling on the airwaves in ways both lighthearted and unnatural. By the nature of that setting, anything lucky enough to reach the top of the pops soon flares out, filed almost immediately into the nostalgia drawer. That once again made this year's massive Jingle Ball concert, hosted Wednesday at Staples Center by Top 40 mainstay KIIS-FM (102.7), a survey in contrasting styles and abilities.
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December 8, 2008 | August Brown, Brown is a Times staff writer.
A few minutes after rapper David Banner sauntered onstage at the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Anaheim on Saturday night, he plucked an adorable little girl from the audience, hoisted her onto his shoulders and ran through a cultural and racial roll call of the crowd. "What I love about Jingle Ball is that it brings so many different races together," Banner said. "Where are my Native American brothers and sisters in the house? Where the black folks at? White people, make some noise!"
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez is taking a bit of a hiatus from music. For real. The "Stars Dance" singer has canceled her upcoming tour dates in Australia, her rep told The Times. The dates would have begun in February and included five stops Down Under. "My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them," the 21-year-old said in a statement. "But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. " PHOTOS: Selena Gomez's career highlights It's unclear how long the singer will be on hiatus, but Gomez is scheduled to perform in Japan, China, Malaysia and the Philippines through January 2014.  After that, her last scheduled performance was set for Hidalgo, Texas, on March 8, 2014.
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December 9, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez slipped an F-bomb into her set during KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles due to some frustration over sound problems.  Audio and microphone malfunctions rattled the former Disney star and eventually led to her walking off stage Friday night at Staples Center. "Sorry, the sound isn't working!" Gomez told the crowd, according to Us Weekly and an amateur video shot at the concert. "Are you guys having a good night? I promise, a lot cooler people are gonna come out tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By August Brown
The line between respectable pop music and its gauche, teenage-courting offspring had a physical address on Friday night: Chick Hearn Court in downtown L.A. That's the street that divides Staples Center and the L.A. Live complex, where the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball and the Grammy nominations concert offered two very different, but occasionally overlapping, schools of Top-40 success. At Nokia Theatre, the Grammys lent their imprimatur to rising stars offering messages of austerity. The teenage New Zealand electro-pop singer Lorde had a smash with the bling-mocking “Royals,” and hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis offered a jollier riff on a similar theme with “Thrift Shop.” But at Staples Center, Jingle Ball celebrated the tarter, girlier yet often still great stuff that the Grammys rarely acknowledge -- the '90s-frizzy dance pop of Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande's featherweight R&B, and yes, Miley Cyrus licking a Christmas tree.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Ariana Grande puts her well-established love of princess dresses to work in a new music video for her song "Right There. " The clip, which also stars Patrick "Son of the Governator" Schwarzenegger, features the two youngsters in a modern-day telling of "Romeo and Juliet," with Big Sean (who contributes a guest verse) in the role of the priest. Does this mean we see Grande gazing wistfully down from a balcony while wearing said princess dress? Oh, yes. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The concept also gives the bubblegum-soul singer an opportunity to bat her eyes behind a bejeweled hand fan and to dive into a swimming pool as a small crew of synchronized swimmers makes elaborate shapes in the water.
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December 6, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lindsay Lohan was backstage at a concert where the Wanted was playing Wednesday night - but don't read too much into that. Lohan was spotted signing autographs backstage at the Q102 Jingle Ball 2012 in Philadelphia, which also featured Justin Bieber and Psy. We care most about the Wanted, of course, because Lindsay is said to have a thing for singer Max George, and he and the band were reportedly part of what set off the nightclub brouhaha...
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December 2, 2012 | By August Brown
The Jonas Brothers covering Frank Ocean -- now there's a Rorschach test for how you feel about pop music today. On the one hand, when the once-omnipotent teen-pop trio played Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You" during its set at KIIS-FM's annual Jingle Ball at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, it might have signaled that even Disney sitcom bands can grow into adventurous good taste. Even if their seducer's falettos lacked Ocean's gravitas, hey, at least the arc of music bends toward the good stuff, and they might take a lot of post-tweens with them.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Ariana Grande puts her well-established love of princess dresses to work in a new music video for her song "Right There. " The clip, which also stars Patrick "Son of the Governator" Schwarzenegger, features the two youngsters in a modern-day telling of "Romeo and Juliet," with Big Sean (who contributes a guest verse) in the role of the priest. Does this mean we see Grande gazing wistfully down from a balcony while wearing said princess dress? Oh, yes. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The concept also gives the bubblegum-soul singer an opportunity to bat her eyes behind a bejeweled hand fan and to dive into a swimming pool as a small crew of synchronized swimmers makes elaborate shapes in the water.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2004 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
In a way, mainstream pop stations such as L.A.'s KIIS-FM (102.7) are a throwback to a distant, early-'60s era of radio when the music responded more immediately to its young listeners, without regard to rigid genre requirements or snobby concerns about artistic depth or career longevity. KIIS is aimed at teenage girls, and there's something openhearted and honest in their embrace of music that somehow meets the moment.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012
KIIS' Jingle Ball is an annual winter pop explosion that this year features Taylor Swift, Kesha, Justin Bieber and your usual suspects of top 40 singles fare (along with a smattering of electronic dance music stars like Zedd, Afrojack and YouTube denizen Psy). Proof positive that pop radio is maybe the most omnivorous space in music right now. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 6 p.m. Sat and Mon. $85.25-$185.25. nokiatheatre.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Muse, Jan. 24 (now) Empire Polo Club Stagecoach Country Music Festival, April 26-28 (Sat.) El Rey Theatre Joe Budden, Nov. 27; Anthony Green, Dec. 15 (now); Petty Fest West, Nov. 14-15 (Thurs.); Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Jan. 18 (Fri.); People Under the Stairs, Dec. 16; Pinback, Jan. 17; Jessie Ware, Jan. 23 (Sat.) Nokia Theatre Trey Songz, Nov. 25; Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys, Dec. 15; Ed Sheeran, Feb. 17 (Fri.)
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