Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2017 Preview

Remaining central to music while so much else has changed, Billboard is still the chart to define all music sales charts. Two years ago the Billboard Hot 100...

Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2017 Preview

Remaining central to music while so much else has changed, Billboard is still the chart to define all music sales charts. Two years ago the Billboard Hot 100 began a festival of its top acts at Jones Beach Theater (QRO photos), and it returns for a third year this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, August 19th & 20th:



Hot 100 Stage

Big Sean, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The in-demand rapper Big Sean (QRO photos at a festival), from Detroit, comes to Long Island to headline Billboard Hot 100 (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s I Decided, his third studio album – and second number one hit.
Big Sean
Zedd, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

German electro-house producer Zedd (real name: Anton Zaslavski) has been branching out into complextro & dubstep, as he’s become a festival regular (QRO photos at a festival).
Demi Lovato, 7:40 PM – 8:05 PM

Billboard Hot 100 Festival is particularly known for special huge-name guests. Two years ago was the-one-and-thankfully-only Justin Bieber (QRO photos); this year is another major star, Demi Lovato. Lovato rose from her child actress Disney Channel days, suffered through treatment and a bipolar diagnosis, to become one of the biggest forces in pop music today, as well as a big charity and LGBT advocate.
Demi Lovato
Gucci Mane, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Along with the likes of T.I. & Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane pioneered the trap music style of hip-hop. Of course, he’s had his problems with the law, as well as fellow trap rappers like Young Jeezy and Sunday’s Waka Flocka Flame (see below). He comes to Billboard Hot 100 behind last year’s The Return of East Atlanta Santa album, this year’s collaboration with Metro Boomin, DropTopWop, and his Billboard Hot 100 #1 single “Black Beatles”, with Billboard Hot 100 ‘16’s Rae Sremmurd (QRO photos at Billboard Hot 100 ’16).
Gucci Mane
Bea Miller, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

After coming in ninth place on season two of The X Factor, Bea Miller signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records and released gold record Not an Apology. She comes to Billboard Hot 100 behind her Chapter EPs, which will get a compiled full release, with extras, in November.


Saved by the 90s with The Bayside Tigers, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Bea Miller

Sun Stage

Rick Ross, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Billboard Hot 100 Festival has recruited one of the hottest MCs in the game, Rick Ross (QRO photos). The first artist signed to Diddy’s management company Ciroc Entertainment, Ross (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Billboard Hot 100 behind this year’s Rather You Than Me.
Rick Ross
Capital Cities, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Enjoy the exciting and excitable electro-pop of Capital Cities (QRO photos at a festival), who come to Billboard Hot 100 Festival (QRO photos at a festival two weekends prior) after playing the likes of the Statue of Liberty (QRO live review), with word of a new record in the works.
Capital Cities
Tinashe, 6:00 PM – -6:45 PM

Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe first came to notice for her acting, including motion capturing the female protagonist in Tom Hanks’ Polar Express, but more recently has broken out as a singer/songwriter, already up to third album this year with Joyride – and even performed “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 33 earlier this year!
We the Kings, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Catch the pop-punk of Florida’s We the Kings.
We the Kings
Phoebe Ryan, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Phoebe Ryan has written for such artists as Britney Spears and even Billboard Hot 100 ‘17’s Bea Miller (see above), and featured on songs by the likes of The Knocks and The Chainsmokers, but got her own notice when she released a mash-up of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and Miguels’ “Do You”, followed by her first single “Mine”.

Phoebe Ryan

Beach Stage

3LAU, 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM

Las Vegas DJ/producer Justin David Blau, a.k.a. 3LAU, is coming off his sixth self-released album, Dance Floor Filth 5.
Ty Dolla $ign, 8:45 PM – 9:30 PM

Make it rain (figuratively, hopefully not literally) at Billboard Hot 100 Festival with Ty Dolla $ign. First gaining recognition for his featured appearance on YG’s “Toot It and Boot It”, Ty$ has since made his own signature name with singles like “Paranoid”, “Or Nah”, and “Blasé”.
Ty Dolla $ign
Party Favor, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Park City, Utah bred DJ Dylan Ragland, a.k.a. Party Favor, comes to Billboard Hot 100 Festival with only an EP, last year’s Party & Destroy.
Party Favor
CHERUB, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Nashville electro-indie duo Jason Juber and Jordan Kelley come to Billboard Hot 100 Festival as CHERUB.

Ugly Gods, 5:55 PM – 6:40 PM

Blackbear, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Kodie Shane, 4:05 PM – 4:50 PM

Young Bombs, 3:10 PM – 3:55 PM

Justin Caruso, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Matt Medved, 1:25 PM – 2:05 PMQRO photos at Billboard Hot 100 ’16

Kodie Shane

Matt Medved

Heatseekers Stage

Great Good Fine OK, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Fletcher, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Handsome Ghost, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PMQRO photos

Shaed, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PMQRO photos

Spirit Animal, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Carter Reeves, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Prom, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Ben Alessi, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Handsome Ghost





Hot 100 Stage

Major Lazer, 9:45 PM – 11:00 PM

The collaboration between DJ/producers Diplo (QRO photos) and Switch (QRO photos) made a serious breakthrough in 2009 as Major Lazer (QRO photos at a festival), with Guns Don’t Kill People. Lazers Do. They’ve since released more, like this year’s Music Is the Weapon (even produced Reincarnated, Snoop Dogg’s reggae album as ‘Snoop Lion’) – and know how to do it at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Major Lazer
marshmello, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Inspired by the masked DJ likes of deadmau5 and Daft Punk, masked DJ marshmello (QRO photos at a festival) remains a mystery (QRO photos), even as he plays his second Billboard Hot 100 Festival in a row (QRO photos at Billboard Hot 100 ’16).
Camila Cabello, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Formerly one of the five ladies of Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello comes solo to Billboard Hot 100 a month before the release of her debut solo full-length, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving..
Camila Cabello
DJ Khaled, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Billboard Hot 100 has “another one” with DJ Khaled. The DJ, record producer, and radio personality has most recently become known for his “key to success” Snapchat videos, extolling positivity and effort, to the point where he is now called a “living meme” or “meme in human form.”
DJ Khaled
Echosmith, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Arrive with the “Cool Kids” for Echosmith (QRO photos in New York), who come to Billboard Hot 100 Festival (QRO photos at a New York festival) in the run-up to their fall sophomore release, Inside a Dream.


Ayo & Ted, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM


Sun Stage

Young Thug, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Atlanta’s Young Thug (QRO photos at a festival) gained major recognition in 2014 with hit singles “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”. Last year saw mixtapes I’m Up and Slime Season 3, and this year Beautiful Thugger Girls.
Young Thug
Lil Yachty, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Lil Yachty (QRO photos at a festival two weekends prior) has risen from being a model in a Kanye West fashion line debut (at Madison Square Garden…) to his debut full-length, Teenage Emotions, with his self-described “bubblegum trap” style.
Lil Yachty
T-Pain, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Maybe no one is as ubiquitous as T-Pain, who’s been featured on over 50 chart-topping singles, and has ranged from Flo Rida’s “Low” to Lonely Island’s “I’m On a Boat”. He’s also something of a master of Auto-Tune, with extreme parameters to create distinctive vocals sounds.


Jack & Jack, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Maggie Lindeman, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Beach Stage

Waka Flocka Flame, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

South Jamaica, New York rapper Waka Flocka Flame (QRO photos) has worked with the big-name likes of Drake, Timbaland, and Drake – but is maybe best known for his on-again, off-again feud with longtime frenemy Gucci Mane – who of course is playing the day before at Billboard Hot 100 (see above)
Waka Flocka Flame
Cash Cash, 8:50 PM – 9:50 PM

The trio of DJs that is Cash Cash come to Billboard Hot 100 Festival from their nearby native New Jersey, off of last year’s Blood, Sweat & 3 Years and countless remixes.
Cash Cash

Playboi Carti, 7:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Whethan, 6:50 PM – 7:35 PM

Sammy Adams, 5:55 PM – 6:40 PM

Spencer Ludwig, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Lauv, 4:05 PM – 4:50 PM

Le Youth, 4:05 PM – 4:50 PM

CVBZ, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Yvng Svnt, 1:25 PM – 2:05 PM

Playboi Carti


Heatseekers Stage

City of the Sun, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

French Horn Rebellion, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PMQRO album review

Yoke Lore, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Frances Cone, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Pronoun, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Elliot & The Ghost, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PMQRO photos

Surf Rock Is Dead, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Ryan Egan, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
French Horn Rebellion

Elliot & The Ghost



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