Guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney make up the blues rock powerhouse that is The Black Keys. The duo has come a long way from their early days recording in an Akron, Ohio, basement to their current ability to sell out tickets to a Madison Square Garden concert in just 15 minutes.
After their 2002 debut dubbed “The Big Come Up,” The Black Keys developed an underground following which they satiated with intimate tours and new releases every couple years. The 2010 unveiling of “Brothers” marked the start of their commercial success, as tracks like “Howlin’ for You” and “Tighten Up” received regular rotation on Top 40 stations nationwide. Not to mention the three Grammy Awards the group took home for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Tighten Up” and Best Recording Package.
Dutch DJ Hardwell (born Robbert van de Corput) is a major player on the worldwide EDM concert scene. As a matter of fact, the self-taught progressive and electro house DJ/music producer earned the 2013 title of world’s No. 1 DJ from DJ Magazine, the same night DJ powerhouse Tiesto received the Top 100 DJs Legend Award. (Tiesto and Hardwell both hail from the Dutch town of Breda.) Hardwell joined forces with Tiesto for their debut collaboration, the 2010 single “Zero 76”, as well as a North American tour that hit venues in nearly a dozen markets. In the years since, Hardwell has DJed electrifying shows for ticket holders worldwide. Hardwell’s discography includes dozens of remixes and mashups featuring artists like Avicii (“Levels”), Dada Life (“Fight Club Is Closed”), Rihanna (“Where Have You Been”) and The Wanted (“Chasing the Sun”). For his most recent single “Dare You”, Hardwell worked alongside New York singer/songwriter Matthew Koma. The vocal club anthem marks the first time an artist has premiered music via the Shazam app.
The multi-talented Justin Timberlake continually tops himself. In 2013 he dropped the No. 1 album The 20/20 Experience and later in the year launched the 20/20 Experience World Tour. Both were among the year’s major events in music, sending critics to write rave reviews and fans to grab albums and tickets.
Timberlake enjoyed success from an early age. After being a Disney Mouseketeer and a member of one of the most successful boy bands in music history, he went on to have a celebrated solo career, star in movies, become a TV producer and restaurateur, get named the world’s sexiest man by Cosmopolitan, and world’s best dressed man by GQ -- all by the age of 30. After leaving the Mickey Mouse Club in 1994, Timberlake formed ‘'N Sync to the delight of screaming fans across the globe, helping to kick off the vocal-harmonizing boy band phenomenon that would take hold of the pop world for years to come. Itching for more sonic experimentation, he launched his solo career with Justified (2002), his R&B-esque debut produced by Timbaland and The Neptunes, which spawned the dance floor hit “Rock Your Body.” His next release, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006) ushered in the pop gems “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.” He then took a break from his own music to co-write and produce songs for Duran Duran, make guest appearances on albums by 50 Cent and Ciara, and star in movies including The Social Network and Bad Teacher. He returned to music in 2013 with The 20/20 Experience which produced the hit single “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z.