Surprising Facts About Our 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Lineup

The 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour is right around the corner, so you know what that means, it’s time to learn all about this year’s lineup. From Cardi B to G-Eazy to Shawn Mendes, we’ve got the most surprising facts about this year’s performers that even the most die-hard fans will be shocked to learn. So, put your fandom to the test and click through the gallery to find out some of the most surprising facts about this year’s performers. (And believe me, you’re in for at least a few revelations.)

Here's how you can get Jingle Ball tickets early: Capital One cardholders will be able to get exclusive access to the high demand tickets through a special iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-sale in each city. This pre-sale begins on Wednesday, October 10th at 10 a.m. local time and runs through Saturday, October 13th at 10 a.m. local time, or while supplies last. Tickets will be available at

All other tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 15th at 12 p.m. local time and will be available at

Additionally, exclusive Capital One Premier Access Packages will also be available in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York during the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-sale, while supplies last. In addition to the Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale & Premier Access Packages, at each of the tour stops, one lucky Capital One cardholder will have the opportunity to announce an artist on stage. To learn more about these exclusive cardholder opportunities, visit

Shawn Mendes

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

At 18 he was the fifth-youngest artist to have a number one album in the U.S.

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The Shawn Mendes EP reached Number 1 on iTunes in 37 minutes.

The cover for his recently released self-titled album was inspired by fan art.

Calvin Harris

 Cities: Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami

Calvin has his own record label, Fly Eye Records.

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Before making it big, Calvin worked at a fish factory. 

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He also had dreams of becoming a “footballer” (soccer player).

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Alessia Cara

Cities: Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami

In April 2016, Coldplay announced that Alessia would be one of the opening acts on the European and North American legs of their “Head Full of Dreams Tour.” Alessia was just 19-years-old at the time.

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 Cara is the first Canadian to win a Best New Artist Grammy.

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Alessia has a tattoo of a paper sail-boat on her wrist.

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Cities: Dallas, Washington D.C., Tampa

The Christian rapper’s track "Intro" was featured on Madden NFL 16’s soundtrack.

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NF married his fitness guru girlfriend, Bridgette Doremus, in August 2018.

While his music has Christian influence, he doesn’t consider himself a Christian rapper.

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Bebe Rexha

Cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Tampa, Miami

Bebe and Louis Tomlinson are still friends after working on their hit single “Back to You.”

The “I’m A Mess” singer sold perfume to Rihanna— a year before writing “The Monster” for her and Eminem— while working at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The 29-year-old singer’s first name, Bleta, means “bumblebee” in Albanian, which is why her stage name is “Bebe.”


Cities: Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C.,  Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

The 21-year-old rapper’s hit single “Mine” actually came to his mind while he was at a pool party. 

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Bazzi started playing the guitar when he was just 4-years-old. 

The “Beautiful” singer’s real name is Andrew Bazzi.

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Sabrina Carpenter

Cities: Dallas, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

Sabrina got her start on the Disney Channel.

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She has an odd habit of falling asleep with heels on.

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Sabrina’s sister, Sarah Carpenter, is her backup singer.

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5 Seconds of Summer

Cities: San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia

MichaelCalum, and Luke once played a set without any pants on, to a crowd full of drunk people in their lobby in London

The name of the band was originally 5 Second Summer.

The band was formed in 2011, however, Ashton didn’t join the group until December 2011 when Michael messaged him on Facebook. 


Cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Tampa, Miami

Because his family was in the army, Khalid once lived in Germany.

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Khalid’s hit single “Location” was inspired by the fact that he didn’t own a car. 

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The 20-year-old singer says his mother is his biggest musical influence.

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Cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, New York

The “Love Lies” singer was a gymnast for eight years.

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She once modeled for Target.

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The 22-year-old singer appeared on season 24 of Dancing With The Stars.

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Marc E. Bassy

Cities: San Francisco

Marc admits that “My House” by Flo Rida is his guilty pleasure.

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The “You & Me” singer joined the choir in high school to flirt with Beth Behrs, who now stars in 2 Broke Girls. The two are still good friends.

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Marc went to college at UC Santa Cruz, but left two years early to join the band 2AM Club.

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Cardi B

Cities: Los Angeles, New York

Cardi’s real name is Belcalis Almanzar.

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Despite owning multiple luxury vehicles, including a Lamborghini, Cardi still does not have a driver’s license.

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After getting fired from a supermarket, her store manager suggested that she become a stripper, and she did.

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Camila Cabello

Cities: Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New York

Camila wrote “Havana” while eating sushi.

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The Cuban-born singer, who also lived in Mexico for a portion of her life, learned English by watching cartoons.

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Camila is actually her middle name. The “Never Be The Same” singer’s full name is Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao.

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Dua Lipa

Cities: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago

Dua Lipa is Dua’s real name, but its proper pronunciation is Doer Leaper.

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The “New Rules” singer’s parents shaved her head when she was six.

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Dua was a successful model at one point, however, she gave up her modeling career in 2010 to focus on her music.

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Cities: Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C.

G-Eazy’s full name is Gerald Earl Gillum. 

After graduating from high school, the “No Limit” rapper moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University, where he got his Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies.

G-Eazy once toured with Drake, but one of his college professors forced him to come back to school in the middle of the tour so he could finish out the school year.

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The Chainsmokers

Cities: Minneapolis, Boston, Washington D.C.

The group collaborated with Priyanka Chopra for their first single, “Erase.”

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The band once had beef with Lady Gaga. When Alex Pall was asked to give his honest opinion about Gaga's song "Perfect Illusion," he simply said it "sucked.” Gaga then responded by throwing some classy shade, telling the band they should go listen to her next album.

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The group was initially made up of Alex and former DJ, Rhett Bixler.

Meghan Trainor

Cities: Boston, New York, Washington D.C.

Meghan used to have blue eyes but when she got older they turned green.

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The “No” singer turned down a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music to pursue her dream of songwriting and performing.

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Meghan has Nyctophobia, which is fear of the dark.

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Cities: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

The EDM producer’s real name is Christopher Comstock. His identity was confirmed in 2017 by Forbes.

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He’s just 26-years-old.

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Marshmello once went by the name of Dotcom.

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Every year, the Jingle Ball Tour gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year's official charity for the Jingle Ball Tour is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today's youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.
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