CHART TOPPING FALL OUT BOY AND CHARLI XCX WILL GET THE PARTY STARTED FOR SUPER BOWL XLIX AT "VH1 + PAPA JOHN'S(R) SUPER BOWL BLITZ: A CONCERT FOR THE TROOPS"
HOSTED BY NICK LACHEY
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER IDINA MENZEL
AND PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST JORDIN SPARKS TO INTRODUCE SOME OF
NFL'S GREATEST PLAYERS
LIVE FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th AT 9PM* ON VH1
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30, 2015 - VH1 announced its official kickoff to Super Bowl weekend with a special concert salute to the armed forces at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. This year VH1 and Papa John's(R) are teaming up to bring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX to headline the "VH1 + Papa John's(R) Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" with host Nick Lachey. The concert will kick off live on Friday, January 30th at 9PM* on VH1.
Joining the celebration is Super Bowl XLIX's esteemed National Anthem singer Idina Menzel. Menzel will discuss the importance of the National Anthem to the military at America's biggest event. Also joining the event is actress and Arizona native Jordin Sparks, who will introduce a group of top NFL players personally saluting the troops.
The show will also include special appearances by NFL stars Charles Tillman (cornerback for the Chicago Bears), Jeremy Hill (running back for the Cincinnati Bengals) and Maurice Jones-Drew (running back for the Oakland Raiders).
With host Nick Lachey, "The VH1 + Papa John's(R) Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" is the ultimate pregame party for all music and sports fans. The concert event will feature fan favorites from Fall Out Boy as well as their newly released single "Centuries." Charli XCX will also bring this year's hottest tracks "Boom Clap" and "Break The Rules" to the stage, making this year's concert a can't-miss event.
The concert will live stream on VH1.com as well as on the VH1 App.
Fall Out Boy -Their sixth studio album AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO released on January 20, 2015 on Island Records & DCD2 Records hit #1 on Billboard Top 200, their third #1 album debut, with 218,000 total consumption and #1 peak on iTunes in 22 countries. The album's first single "Centuries" has been certified platinum and has more than 60 million streams between YouTube and Spotify alone. It is the follow-up album to the GRAMMY-nominated band's gold-certified album SAVE ROCK AND ROLL, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on iTunes in 27 countries upon its April 2012 release and features the multiplatinum hit "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" and hit "Alone Together." SAVE ROCK AND ROLL is the band's second #1 debut; Platinum selling "Infinity On High" topped the chart in 2007 which followed multi-platinum breakthrough album "From Under The Cork Tree" released in 2005. Fall Out Boy has also written the song "Immortals," featured in the Golden Globe-nominated Disney hit movie Big Hero 6, which topped the box office upon its November 7 release and has already surpassed $120 million at the domestic U.S. box office and topped $4 billion globally. Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy - Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums) - has appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and other prestigious publications. They have performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, America's Got Talent, The Voice, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and many more. More information can be found at www.falloutboy.com.
Charli XCX had nothing short of an incredible 2014, prepping her for what will inevitably be an even more explosive 2015. The 22-year old singer/songwriter/performer released her debut album "True Romance" in 2013 to critical acclaim, launching her on international tours with the likes of Coldplay and Ellie Goulding. Her songwriting chops have garnished hits for an extensive list of her peers, including the double platinum 'I Love It' with Swedish duo Icona Pop and most notably the 4M-selling hit collaboration 'Fancy' with Iggy Azalea that earned the pair two Grammy nominations for 'Record of the Year' and 'Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.' Her newly released sophomore album via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records, "SUCKER," features solo smashes such as the Top 10 hit 'Boom Clap,' 'Break The Rules' (which was adorned with a guitar-smashing performance on the 2014 American Music Awards), and newest single 'Doing It' which brings the girl-power with a newly remixed version featuring Rita Ora. Rolling Stone declared "SUCKER" to be their '#6 Best Album of 2014,' while Billboard called her "one of pop's biggest new stars" and awarded Charlotte Aitchison with the first ever Women in Music 'Hitmaker Award.' With Charli's singles selling over a collective 17 million copies worldwide, it's no shock that you can find her in the studio and singing alongside some of today's biggest performers.
Nick Lachey, a multi-platinum recording artist, TV personality and host of VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey" first rose to stardom as the front-man of the popular band 98 Degrees, selling over 10 million albums worldwide and charting several top-forty hits. Over the course of his career, Lachey has launched an enormously successful music career with four solo albums including "What's Left Of Me" which went to number two on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Outside of the studio, Lachey has been a prominent television personality having hosted several major national network programs and specials including NBC's "Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular," "Macy's 35th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," "High School Musical: Get In the Picture," "Clash of the Choirs," "The Winner Is" and five seasons of the highly-rated acapella show "The Sing Off." Behind the scenes, Lachey created and executive produced the hit MTV series "Taking the Stage" based on the lives of students at his beloved alma mater the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati which ran for two seasons. Lachey is currently in production on a new A&E Network docu-series "Lachey's Bar" (working title) that will follow brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they open a bar in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Official sponsors of the "VH1 + Papa John's(R) Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert For The Troops" include Papa John's(R), Rent-A-Center, SNICKERS(R) brand, and TOSTITOS(R).
"VH1 + Papa John's(R) Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops" will be executive produced by Lee Rolontz and Sandy Alouete for VH1 and Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions.
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