via press release:
PITBULL AND CHRIS BROWN TO PERFORM SMASH HIT “FUN”
ON THE “2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
FIFTH HARMONY TO PERFORM SPECIAL RENDITION OF
THEIR HIT SONG “WORTH IT”
The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and Broadcast LIVE on ABC Sunday, May 17 at 8:00 PM ET From The MGM Grand Garden Arena
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- Billboard Music Award winner Pitbull has earned 10 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1s “Timber” and “Give Me Everything.” He has sold 41 million song downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and 13 of his songs have moved more than a million copies. The rapper made his debut on Billboard’s charts in 2004 and has consistently straddled various genre charts — from pop and Latin to rhythmic and dance.
- Four-time Billboard Music Award winner Chris Brown has charted a whopping 66 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including 13 top 10 hits. Among those smashes are his No. 1s “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” as well as top 10 tracks like “Loyal” and “Don’t Wake Me Up.” Brown, who is a finalist in three categories at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, has also achieved seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (including two No. 1s) and 34 top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
- Fifth Harmony is currently surging with its biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Worth It” (featuring Kid Ink), which bullets at No. 21 on the chart dated May 23. It’s the group’s second top 40 hit on the survey: “Sledgehammer” (co-written by fellow Billboard Music Awards performer Meghan Trainor) rose to No. 40 in January. On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Fifth Harmony has tallied two top 10 hits: its 2013 EP Better Together, which debuted and peaked at No. 6, and Reflection (No. 5 this February).
For Fifth Harmony, 2014 was a whirlwind year that started strong and never let up. The all-female five-piece headed out on the road with Demi Lovato in February, kicked off their own headlining tour in late spring, joined Austin Mahone (along with The Vamps and Shawn Mendes) for a national summer tour, and in August claimed the much-coveted Artist To Watch prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the midst of all the frenzy—which also included Mattel’s launch of a line of Barbie dolls made in the likeness of each Fifth Harmony member—Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, and Camila Cabello took to the studio to create their full-length debut for Epic Records. Featuring the fierce, gold-certified lead single “BO$$” and its follow-up “Sledgehammer” (a synth-pop powerhouse penned by Meghan Trainor), Reflection offers up a gutsy, groove-heavy brand of dance-pop built on the most dynamic vocal performances Fifth Harmony have delivered so far. Like Better Together—Fifth Harmony’s 2013 debut EP—Reflection flawlessly spotlights the vocal synergy Fifth Harmony first revealed in their rise to third place on the second season of X Factor. But this time around, the group worked with lineup of producers that includes Stargate (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea), Dr. Luke (Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, will.i.am, Ke$ha), and Rock City (T.I., B.o.B, Nelly) to fuse their breathtaking harmonies with an edgy hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and electro-pop. Showing off Fifth Harmony’s newly sharpened versatility, Reflection dives into EDM territory on the epic club anthem “This Is How We Roll,” turns fiery on the sultry and horn-soaked “Worth It,” and gets sweetly starry-eyed with the throwback R&B-pop of “Everlasting Love.” Fifth Harmony also pay loving tribute to their musical idols on Reflection, with “Like Mariah” borrowing its breezy vocal melody from Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” and the unstoppable “Brave Honest Beautiful” encouraging girls to reclaim their confidence and flaunt their fearlessness a la Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, and Shakira.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.
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Fan voting for the 2015 Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung will continue through the first hour of the awards show, ending at 9pm ET. To vote for finalists Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea or Meghan Trainor go to BillboardMusicAwards.com/vote or the @OfficialBBMAs Twitter account. The special editorial award will be given to an innovative artist who has accomplished an outstanding and rare achievement on the Billboard music charts over the past year.
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