BRUNO MARS, STING AND THE WEEKND TO PERFORM ON SPECTACULAR SEASON FINALE OF "THE VOICE"
Two-Hour Live Telecast on Tuesday, Dec. 13 Will Feature Star-Studded Musical Performances and Crown a New Champion
Mars to Perform "24K Magic," Sting to Sing "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" and The Weeknd to Perform "Starboy"
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Dec. 8, 2016 - Superstar recording artists Bruno Mars, Sting and The Weeknd are all set to perform on the Tuesday, Dec. 13 season finale (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice." One of the four finalists - Josh Gallagher from Team Adam, Billy Gilman from Team Adam, Sundance Head from Team Blake or We' McDonald from Team Alicia - will be crowned the winner of "The Voice." Additional performers to be announced.
Global superstar Bruno Mars will perform his explosive single "24K Magic," the title track from his critically acclaimed album "24K Magic." Mars achieved the highest-selling debut of his career with first-week album sales equivalents for "24K Magic" exceeding 231,000. "24K Magic" claimed the #1 slot on both the Top Digital Albums chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and has been streamed more than 400 million times across audio and video partners so far. Mars' album and the lead single both simultaneously hit #1 on the iTunes Overall Albums and Overall Songs charts. "24K Magic" also climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, a new peak, and has officially been certified gold by the RIAA.
Mars recently revealed details behind his massive upcoming global 24K Magic World Tour that will kick off in Belgium on March 28 and will continue through Europe and North America, culminating with a four-night stand at The Forum in Los Angeles. Mars sold over 1 million tickets for his upcoming tour in a single day, according to Live Nation.
Prolific megastar Sting will perform "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," the first single from his latest album "57th and 9th," his first rock/pop project in over a decade. Riding a wave of inspiration, "57th & 9th" came together impulsively, with sessions completed in just a few weeks. Sting debuted "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" with a world premiere performance on the "Kevin and Bean Show" at KROQ-FM, which is Los Angeles' premiere alternative rock station. The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, takes its title from the Manhattan street corner that Sting crossed each day as he walked to the studios in Hell's Kitchen where the recordings were done. Next year, Sting will take to the road on the 57th & 9th World Tour performing in clubs, theaters and arenas joined by Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar).
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling music artist The Weeknd will perform his hit single "Starboy," the title track from his smash album "Starboy." The album reached #1 in over 90 countries and also #1 on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify Global Chart and Rhythmic Radio. The title track, featuring Daft Punk, broke the record for most release weekend streams ever upon its release. In less than a week, the single amassed more than 17 million streams globally and 6.5 million streams in the United States, becoming #1 Most Added at Top 40, Rhythm, Urban, and Hot AC. This sets the stage for "Starboy" to become one of the biggest albums of 2016.
The Weeknd recently unveiled details behind his first-ever world tour - Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour. Phase one of the North American and European spanning tour will kick off Friday, Feb. 17 in Stockholm, Sweden and visit 14 additional cities across Europe before heading to North America on Tuesday, April 25 in Vancouver, B.C. The North American leg of the tour will bring the genre-spanning artist to an additional 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada, including stops in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle and more.
ABOUT BRUNO MARS
Bruno Mars is a 20-time Grammy Award nominee and multi-Grammy winner. The celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, musician has sold over 170 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His most recent critically acclaimed album, "24K Magic," made an impressive debut atop the Top Digital Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Additionally, the album and its lead single, "24K Magic," simultaneously hit No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Albums and Overall Songs charts week of release. The single has since climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA. To celebrate the new album, Mars unveiled plans for his massive upcoming "24K Magic World Tour", which sold over 1 million tickets in a single day.
In 2015, Bruno dominated charts with hit single "Uptown Funk." The worldwide smash is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of the 2010s, and is only the 10th single in the Hot 100's 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at Number 1. "Uptown Funk" took home 3 GRAMMY Awards this past year, including the coveted Record of the Year award. This past February, Mars returned to the Super Bowl Halftime stage to perform alongside Beyoncé and Coldplay at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. In 2014, Mars made NFL history with the second most watched Super Bowl Halftime Show, which saw a record-breaking total viewership of over 115.3 million, all while being the youngest artist ever to serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to Billboard, Bruno Mars scored his first five Hot 100 No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Bruno Mars has an impressive catalog of 35 Hot 100 hits.
Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
As one of the world's most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in December 2014 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, and most recently was given The American Music Award of Merit. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.
Sting's support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world's rainforests and the indigenous people living there. Together they have held 17 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet's endangered resources, with the next event scheduled for December 14 at Carnegie Hall. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents
ABOUT THE WEEKND
Starting off his career anonymously, The Weeknd first broke into the music scene with the 2011 mixtape "House of Balloons" followed by studio album "Kiss Land" in 2013 and the widely recognized "Beauty Behind the Madness" in 2015. The album earned him two Grammy Awards, an RIAA triple-platinum certification for cumulative sales in excess of 3 million, 16 RIAA certifications from tracks alone with "The Hills" [7x-platinum], "Can't Feel My Face" [5x-platinum], "Often" [2x-platinum], "In the Night" [platinum], and "Acquainted" [platinum]. "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" even garnered The Weeknd his first ever Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Original Song. The Weeknd's fourth full-length album, "Starboy," was released on Nov. 25, 2016.
"The Voice" is averaging a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers overall with its Monday and Tuesday editions in "most current" results from Nielsen Media Research, giving it an increases versus the prior cycle of +3% in 18-49 rating (3.1 vs. 3.0).
"The Voice" ranks as TV's #1 alternative series in adults 18-49, a status the show has maintained over the past four seasons. With both its editions ranking in the top 10 among entertainment telecasts on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and total viewers, "The Voice" remains a key contributor to NBC's consistent nightlong wins among those networks on both Monday and Tuesday nights.
The Voice" is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Lee Metzger and Chad Hines.
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