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Pop/rock spotlight: KDWB Jingle Ball

  • Article by: JON BREAM
  • Star Tribune
  • December 1, 2012 - 3:28 PM

Tuesday: This year's Jingle Ball is heavy on pop and light on hip-hop and R&B. Korean pop star PSY is the big coup, with his international sensation "Gangnam Style" now the most-watched YouTube video ever, with more than 800 million views. Train, Jingle Ball's most established act, keeps on rolling with another ubiquitous single, "Drive By," which trumps 2009's "Hey, Soul Sister." Four fresh faces from England are scheduled: Taylor Swift cronie Ed Sheeran of "The A Team" fame; Ellie Goulding, who scored stateside with "Lights"; U.K. "X Factor" fave Cher Lloyd, the voice of "Want U Back," and newcomer Conor Maynard, who is making noise with "Turn Around," featuring Ne-Yo. Minnesota's own Owl City is back at the annual event, riding high again with the hits "Good Time" and "Shooting Star." Also returning will be One Republic to revisit 2007's "Apologize" and offer the new "Feel Again." (6 p.m. Tue. $25-$101.30. Xcel Energy Center, W. 7th St. and Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.


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