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Radio lineups: Star 94.1's Jingle Jam (Train), Power's Jingle Ball (Ariana Grande), Q100's Moon Shine Grind (Flo Rida)

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Traditional radio may be losing influence over time, but it's still a major gateway for acts to get new music out there.

So music labels and acts still work hard to make them available when radio companies host concerts.

Here are three upcoming shows on three pop stations and who their acts are:



The pop station is introducing a new pre-Halloween party: Moon Shine Grind on October 27 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Buy tickets here, with prices ranging from $21 to $220.

The two big names are:

Flo Rida: Since 2008, this hip-hop Floridian has generated 13 top 40 singles, from "Get Low" in 2008 to "My House" last year. Year to date, he is the 15th most popular acts on the station, with 13 songs spun 2,026 times, according to Mediabase 24/7. That means you can hear him about once every three hours.

OneRepublic: This Colorado band's big hit "Apologize" broke out in 2007 just before Flo Rida's "Get Low." Since then, they have generated several other top 40 songs played heavily on Star 94.1 over the years including "Secrets," "Counting Stars" and "Love Runs Out." It's the station's 50th most popular act year to date though since the concert was announced, the station is playing them a lot more often. You'll hear them now about three times a day. (No surprise.)


Star 94.1

This long-running pop station has been doing its Jingle Jam for more than 15 years with acts ranging from Duran Duran and Maroon 5 to Ed Sheeran and Backstreet Boys. The lineups in 2014 and 2015 were pretty soft but the station has upped its game this year.

The concert will be held at Infinite Energy Arena December 4 (formerlly Gwinnett Arena). Buy tickets here. Prices range from $27 to $97. That's where Star has held the concert most years. The acts this year:

Train. This San Francisco pop band is Star's call to its older audience since the band has been around since 1999, back during Star's earlier heyday. The band has managed to stay relevant, generating hits into the 2010s, from "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter" to "Hey Soul Sister" and "Angels in Blue Jeans." Star hadn't played this band at all until July but now you can hear a cut from them about once a day on Star.

X Ambassadors. This New York band has had a couple of notable hits so far with "Renegades" and "Unsteady" and has been Star's 16th most popular act this year.

James Bay. This singer songwriter was just at Music Midtown and I found him compelling as a stage act. Many of his songs are far more intense than his breakout his "Let It Go." He is the eighth most heard act on Star 94.1 so far in 2016, based on just his two hit songs.

Charlie Puth. This man broke it big via YouTube and landed his first hit last year with "See You Again" with Wiz Khalifa, followed by another collaboration with Meghan Trainor ("Future Ex Boyfriend")  was the station's 14th most popular act year to date.


Power 96.1

I know it's confusing. Both Power and Star use the word "Jingle" in their concert names. Star has had that name far longer than Power, which debuted in 2012 and quickly debuted the Jingle Ball. Power is owned by IHeartMedia, which runs Power nationally.

Its Jingle Ball this year has one of its more impressive lineups packed with some of the biggest acts of the past year. It will be held again on Philips Arena, this year on Friday, December 16. A pre-sale is available through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 6 with the code JINGLE. General public tickets go on sale October 17 at 10 a.m. (Check out here)

Ariana Grande. She has been a powerhouse pop acts since 2013 who can really sing, with an array of great songs such as "Problem," "Break Free" and "Love Me Harder." She is Power's fourth most popular artist this year.

Meghan Trainor. Her sweetness and authenticity shines through from hits such as "All About That Bass," "Lips are Movin' " and "No." She is the 29th biggest artist so far on Power in 2016.

The Chainsmokers. This American duo had been burning up the charts with three massive pop songs over the past year: "Roses," "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer." As a result, they are the second most popular act on Power this year.

Fifth Harmony. Simon Cowell's "X Factor" creation has become a surprise success with songs such as "Worth It" and "Work From Home." This group has been spun 3,128 times this year to date, sixth most so far this year.

DNCE. This act, another one that was at Music Midtown, is the 10th most popular act on Power this year thanks mostly to its monstrous hit "Cake By The Ocean."

Alessia Cara.  This is the 31st biggest act this year on the station, with a No. 1 hit "Here."

Daya. She recently appeared on Music Midtown, singing her hits "Hide Away" and "Sit Still, Look Pretty." And she'll surely pair up with the Chainsmokers to sing "Don't Let Me Down." She's the 15th most played act on Power this year to date.

Lukas Graham. This Danish singer ranked at No. 24 on the Power most played artist list of 2016 with his one big U.S. hit "7 Years."

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