On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the iHeartRadio Music Festival showcased performances from some of the biggest music stars. Calvin Harris headlined the event, performing “Summer” and a brand new song, “Blame.” Ryan Seacrest (as he did at Fashion Rocks) introduced the star, and John Newman joined him onstage for the new song. Meghan Trainor (introduced by Hilary Duff) performed her nation-sweeping hit, “All About That Bass,” and Lorde put on a full set featuring “Royals.” But one of the arguably best sets came from rock trio Paramore.
While many artists (like Weezer) were at the festival to promote upcoming albums and projects, Paramore’s future releases are a bit of a mystery. Their 2013 self-titled album did well, with the standout “Ain’t It Fun” still making top lists. Hayley Williams told Billboard a little about the slowness of the next project. “We’re in the dreaming-up stage, and figuring out kind of who we want to be next. I think we’re getting there. We haven’t written anything that we’ve loved and thought, ‘This is it, this is the new direction,’ or where we want to be, or who we are.” But the band still has faith they’ll get there. “It’ll happen. I know we’re gonna make a great record when the time is right, but it just hasn’t been right yet.”
Other iHeartRadio performances included 5 Seconds of Summer (who covered Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”), Ed Sheeran (joined by Macklemore for a performance of “The Heist” and “Same Love”), and Iggy Azalea with DJ Whiz Kid and hit song “Fancy.” One Direction was one of the most popular performances of the night as well, along with the newer EDM artist Steve Aoki. Aoki not only went over well with the audience, but surprised them with guests Will.i.am and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.
Saturday was also monumental for music fans in Montreal. The third Pop vs. Jock game went down in the McGill University Sports Centre, a charity basketball game between top college players and a team of indie band members. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, The Stokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, and the organizer of the event, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, all play for team Pop. During halftime, they put together an impromptu band and performed “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins and a short version of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. Check out their collaboration here. Also, team Pop won the game.