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5SOS’ New Album “C A L M” Is Anything But, and That’s Amazing

The pop quartet’s fourth album is catchy and epic pop musicin all the best ways

5 Seconds of Summer have never been subtle.

From their pop-punk early days to now, they've always had a ferocious appetite for anthemic love songs. "What a blessing to feel your love," the band calls out in epic choral harmonies on "Red Desert," the first track off the band's fourth album C A L M–which is anything but, by the way.

But the quartet really do make excellent pop songs. The Post-Grunge intro on "No Shame" feels nostalgic, while the bold-faced chorus is as bombastic and rambunctious as the 5sos of yore. "Easier" was one of the most slept on pop hits of the decade, and "Old Me" thematically sounds cheesy, but in execution it's a reflective and vulnerable coming-of-age song.

5 Seconds of Summer - No Shame (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Other moments shine just as brightly. "Wildflower" gives Harry Style's "Sunflower Vol. 6" a run for its money, and Luke Hemming's crisp vocal flourishes showcase a prolific talent for pop melodies in refreshing moments like "Not in the Same Way," and "High."

While C A L M's sleek production may only be heard for a cycle or two in malls and dentist waiting rooms, everyone hearing it will undoubtedly be nodding along.

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iHeartRadio Just Announced the Lineup for Jingle Ball

The annual pop concert will also air as a television special nationwide on December 16.

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Headliners include Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and more.

Don't let the turning leaves and brisk autumn air distract you. iHeartRadio already has its eyes on winter, announcing the official lineups and dates for Jingle Ball, its annual holiday season pop tour. The 22nd edition of the pop arena tour will span 12 cities, kicking off in Dallas on November 27.

Each stop will feature different artists and, in the spirit of holiday giving, iHeartRadio will be broadcasting the December 7 New York City event on over 100 of its stations. The CW Network will live stream the NYC concert on CWTV.com and the CW app, and will broadcast it again as a nationwide television special December 16 at 8pm.

The Chainsmokers at Jingle Ball 2017Getty Images / iHeartRadio

Pre-sale tickets for Capital One cardholders are available beginning today, while tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, October 13. Tickets can be purchased at iHeartRadio.com/JingleBall

See below for the complete lineup and schedule:

Camila Cabello performs at Jingle Ball 2017Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Dallas, Texas – Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST – 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at American Airlines Center

Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Alessia Cara, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; 1061kissfm.iheart.com

Los Angeles, Ca. – Friday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. PST – KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at The Forum

Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Camila Cabello, Khalid with Special Guest Normani, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, Alessia Cara, Bazzi and Bebe Rexha; kiisfm.iheart.com

San Francisco – Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. PST – WiLD 94.9's FM's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alessia Cara, Khalid with Special Guest Normani, Sabrina Carpenter, Bazzi and Marc E. Bassy; wild949.iheart.com

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. – Monday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; kdwb.iheart.com

Boston, Mass. – Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. EST – KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at TD Garden

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers. G-Eazy, Khalid, Meghan Trainor and Bazzi; kiss108.iheart.com

Philadelphia, Pa. – Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Q102's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Wells Fargo Center

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Marshmello, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy and Bazzi; q102.iheart.com

New York, N.Y. – Friday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. EST – Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Madison Square Garden

Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa, Khalid with Special Guest Normani, Alessia Cara, Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; Z100.iheart.com

Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 will stream live exclusively on CWTV.com and The CW App and will air as a television special on The CW Network on December 16 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

Washington, D.C. – Monday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Capital One Arena

Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, Meghan Trainor, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; hot995.iheart.com

Chicago, Ill. – Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Allstate Arena

Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; 1035KISSFM.iheart.com

Atlanta, Ga. – Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at State Farm Arena

Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, G Eazy, Marshmello, Bazzi, Alessia Cara and Sabrina Carpenter; power961.iheart.com

Tampa Bay, Fla. – Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. EST – 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at Amalie Arena

Shawn Mendes, Marshmello, Khalid, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; 933flz.iheart.com

Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Fla. – Sunday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Y100 Jingle Ball 2018 Presented by Capital One at BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale

Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Khalid, Marshmello, Bebe Rexha, Alessia Cara, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter; y100.iheart.com


Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.



Rising Star

After Romeo Are the Up-and-Comers You Need to Know

Their latest single "Good Things" is about to blow up worldwide.

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If, while scrolling through Instagram pics of warmer places and dreaming of the end of winter, you're trying to predict where this summer's anthem is going to come from, here's a good bet: After Romeo, a 4-person pop group out of L.A. They've already broken onto the charts with their singles "Free Fall" and "L.O.L. (Love on Lock)," and their newest song, "Good Things," is featured in the latest Samsung Galaxy commercial. And while the group has received frequent comparisons to acts like One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer (which they say is "flattering"), they eschew the label of "boy band."

Make no mistake—their music has strong similarities to that of boy bands past, utilizing strong hooks, vocal harmony, and upbeat lyrics (all the makings of a good summertime chart-topper). It's the connotation "boy band" carries that After Romeo, consisting of Drew Ryan Scott, Jayk Purdy, Blake English, and TC Carter, prefer to shy away from: "The term itself has a stigma of being like a manufactured widget with cheese dripping everywhere." They fear that the "boy band" label "destroys any legitimacy of the hours of writing, recording, rehearsing, and performing [they've] put in so far." And their songwriting cred is real: Scott has previously written for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. They may be rising pop stars, but that doesn't discredit them as musicians, too. "Good Things" in particular, a perfect example of radio-ready hip-hop-infused pop, is reminiscent of NSYNC's "Girlfriend" with a heavy dash of singer-songwriter vibes. Not a bad niche to fill.

But rather than lean away from a young fan base, the band (which currently has over a quarter of a million Twitter followers) has found a platform by which to reach them. After Romeo has been affiliated with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation since 2014 on what they call their Bully Proof Tour, on which they've spoken to crowds around the U.S. about their experiences with bullying earlier in life. "We grew up singing, dancing, acting and in musical theater. Because that was our path, we all got into fights or were thrown into trash cans at school at one point or another because of bullying. When we came together as a group, we felt After Romeo needed a platform to help our fans deal with the craziness going on in schools." The band plans to speak to over a hundred more schools over the course of 2017.

That's not all that lies ahead for After Romeo. With their debut EP having come out only this past summer, the foundation is being laid for more new music and more live performances. And while they're being billed as the next big thing, the boys are keeping their focus on their own artistic development. "What we're excited about is the growth of our music and sound and that our fans have stuck by us through the journey. We're more comfortable in our skin today," they say. Whatever the future holds for After Romeo, it's clear that they're enjoying the ride.