32 Facts You Didn't Know About Our 2021 Jingle Ball Lineup


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While it might be the beginning of October, iHeartRadio is looking ahead at the Christmas season as we’ve just announced the star-studded lineup for our 2021 Jingle Ball Tour. Featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, the Jonas Brothers, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, AJR, Tate McRae, Bazzi, Megan Thee Stallion, Monsta X, Tai Verdes, The Kid LAROI and the Black Eyed Peas, this year’s run is undoubtably going to be one for the books. To coincide with the just-announced lineup, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some factoids on the acts to get you prepared for their end-of-year performances.

Ed Sheeran

Cities: Los Angeles, New York 

Ed owns a tavern in his backyard. Sheeran's pub, an old barn named The Lancaster Lock for his wife, Cherry Lancaster Seaborn, even has a secret passageway leading to his home! Photo: Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio

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Ed's daughter Lyra doesn't seem to be a fan. "Now I'll sing [my new songs] to my daughter who's not my biggest fan," said the Grammy winner, according to ‘E! News’ "She just cries.”Photo: Getty Images

Dua Lipa 

Cities: Los Angeles, New York

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Her father, Dukagjin Lipa, was the lead vocalist in a Kosovar rock band called Oda. The singer cites living in a “musical household” as a path to her “inevitable” career as a performer. “My parents listened to a lot of Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Stereophonics and Sting - The Police, Radiohead,” she explained to ‘Glamour’. Photo: Getty Images

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Dua Lipa wanted to join her school choir when she was 11 years old, but her teacher told her she couldn't because she didn't know how to sing.Photo: Getty Images

Jonas Brothers 

Cities: New York, Boston, DC, Atlanta

Nick says one regret is filming season 2 of their Disney Channel show, ‘Jonas’ because he felt it stunted their growth as a band.Photo: Rachel Kaplan for iHeartRadio

The label had a vision of the Jonas Brothers as a punk-rock band when they were initially signed. They opened for The Veronicas and played shows with Fall Out Boy and MXPX. Photo: Adrianna Casiano for iHeartRadio

Doja Cat 

Cities: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philly, DC, Atlanta, Miami

At around age 11, she took up organized break dancing and danced in a crew in Los Angeles.Photo: Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio

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Doja holds three top 20 hits on the pop charts from ‘Planet Her’: “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA, “You Right” with The Weeknd and “Need to Know”.Photo: Getty Images

Lil Nas X

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York

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The rapper sent a track off of ‘Montero’ to Nicki Minaj, but she didn’t get back to him. He recently revealed that the song was “Industry Baby” featuring Jack Harlow.Photo: Getty Images

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Lil Nas X released a children’s book called ‘C is for Country’. Upon its release, the book ranked at number 8 for children’s books worldwide.Photo: Getty Images

Saweetie 

Cities: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Miami

Saweetie has quite a few famous family members! Actress Gabrielle Union and producer Zaytoven are her cousins, her uncle is rapper MC Hammer and her grandfather is Willie Harper, was a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers in the 70s. Photo: Rahul Bhatt for iHeartRadio

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She began writing music at 14-years-old. Photo: Getty Images

AJR

Cities: Dallas, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Miami

In 2006, the brothers started busking in NYC’s Central Park and Washington Square Park. Photo: Adrianna Casiano for iHeartRadio

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Band member Ryan Met shared AJR's "I'm Ready" with several different celebs via Twitter. “Chandelier” singer Sia noticed and informed her management, who is now AJR's co-manager.Photo: Getty Images

Kane Brown

Cities: Philadelphia, NYC

Kane Brown can play the ‘Guitar Hero’ video game with his feet! Photo: Joseph Llanes for iHeartRadio

Kane auditioned for 'American Idol,' but was told they didn't want another country singer; he subsequently auditioned for 'X Factor,' where they wanted to place him in a boy band. Photo: Joseph Llanes for iHeartRadio

Tate McRae

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Miami

During Justin Bieber's ‘Purpose World Tour,’ he held auditions for fans to join him on stage in each city. Tate McRae was picked to perform with him in Canada when she was 12 years old. Photo: Greg Noire for iHeartRadio

She competed in ‘So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation’ when she was 13 years old and placed third.Photo: Todd Owyoung for iHeartRadio

Bazzi

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Miami

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Bazzi used former social media platform, Vine, to build his initial following and became one of the first big stars on the app with 1.5 million followers by the time he finished high school.Photo: Getty Images

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The singer has fostered dogs a lot, but he doesn’t have any of his own. Photo: Getty Images

Dixie D'Amelio 

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Miami

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Dixie, who has studied drama since she was a child, had her professional acting debut this year in the Brat TV series ‘Attaway General’ as Georgia.Photo: Getty Images

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Dixie has been candid about her mental health on social media. Her song, “Be Happy” is less about actually being cheerful, but more about accepting the fact that you do not have to be happy and positive all the time. Photo: Getty Images

Megan Thee Stallion

Cities: Miami

Megan was nicknamed "Stallion" as a teen due to her height and decided to adopt it as a stage name.Photo: Nick Ciofalo

The rapper is a major horror movie fan who is currently working on writing her own horror film. Photo: Nick Ciofalo

Monsta X

Cities: DC, Atlanta, Miami

Jooheon owns the copyrights to 109 songs. Photo: Adrianna Casiano for iHeartRadio

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Before Monsta X, Shownu almost debuted his K-Pop career with a different group, Got7. He was a trainee with JYP Entertainment for 2 years.Photo: Getty Images North America

Tai Verdes

Cities: Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta

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As the COVID-19 pandemic began, the iHeartRadio On The Verge artist had also taken on an essential worker position at Verizon. However, Tai's music eventually found its way to TikTok and went viral.Photo: Getty Images

In 2017, under the name Tyler Colon, Tai was a contestant on season six of MTV's ‘Are You the One?’ and ended up winning $50,000.

The Kid LAROI

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis

Before he was The Kid LAROI, a name derived from the name of the Aboriginal community his ancestors are from, one of the first stage names he gave himself was FC6. Photo: Rahul Bhatt for iHeartRadio

The Kid Laroi spent several months in Los Angeles after signing his record deal living with the late rapper, Juice WRLD, who Laroi considered a mentor.Photo: Todd Owyoung

Black Eyed Peas 

Cities: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, DC, Atlanta, Miami

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Their latest album, ‘Translation’ features 10 collaborations — more than any other Black Eyed Peas album.Photo: Getty Images

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Their 2003 single "Where Is the Love?" topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it lasted seven weeks at number one and went on to become the country's best-selling single of the year. Photo: Getty Images North America


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