“Rising Star’s” Host and Experts to Appear for the First Time Together on “The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” on Sunday, May 18 at 8/7c on ABC
Singer, songwriter Josh Groban, country music star Brad Paisley, pop music sensation Kesha and Grammy award-winning, actor Ludacris have signed on to ABC’s “Rising Star,” which premieres Sunday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT). “Rising Star” completely reinvents the traditional singing competition as–for the first time ever–the audience has the final say in real time. The show follows a group of aspiring singers as they perform live. During the performances, viewers vote in real time via an App to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. If the voting reaches a certain threshold, the performer moves on. In addition, the performer can see how the voting is going throughout the performance, so the feedback is immediate and dramatic.
For the first time together, Groban, Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will make their debut appearance on The 2014 Billboard Music Awards as “Rising Star’s” host and experts on Sunday, May 18th at 8:00 pm on ABC. Hip-hop superstar and actor Ludacris is also the host.
ABOUT JOSH GROBAN
Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (25 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. He has appeared in the feature film Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as on NBC’s The Office and CBS’ The Crazy Ones, and in 2011 completed a sold-out world tour. In February of last year, Josh released his 6th studio album entitled ‘All That Echoes’ which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In October of 2013, Groban kicked off the North American leg of his “In The Round” tour, which brings the intimate feel of a theater to an arena setting with its one-of-a-kind, 360-degree, interactive concert experience. The tour is Groban’s best-reviewed one to date. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.
On the heels of her smash hits, “Die Young” and “C’Mon,” Kesha recently released “Crazy Kids,” the third single from her sophomore album, Warrior (Kemosabe/RCA Records.) The single is currently available at all digital music providers. Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album in Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single “TiK ToK” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles: “TiK ToK”, “Your Love Is My Drug”, “We R Who We R” and most recently “Timber”. Kesha has more than 30 million Facebook likes, more than 3.5 million Twitter followers, and close to a billion views on YouTube. Between her debut album Animal and her last release Warrior, Kesha has sold over 4 million units worldwide. Kesha has toured the world, playing over 250 live shows in support of Animal and its companion album Cannibal and an additional 47 shows in support of her latest release, Warrior. She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards and 6 Billboard Awards. She has over 27 million Facebook likes, and over 3.4 million Twitter followers. She has sold over 35 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 59 million worldwide to date. Kesha is an international powerhouse, Animal has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 16 markets (including Platinum in the United States and Double Platinum in Australia & Canada) and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. In the Fall of 2012 Kesha released an illustrated photo journal and scrapbook entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life with Touchstone. The book was a huge fan hit and was a precursor to her wildly successful MTV Show “Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” which was the #1 series across all TV in the time period with P12-34. In August 2013 Kesha launched her own jewelry line, Kesha Rose by Charles Albert. The line, which is entirely designed by Kesha, is based upon her love of nature and classic rock & roll style.
Multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy Award(r)-winning artist and actor Ludacris has been a mainstay on the Billboard Music Charts since 2000, when he released the hit single “What’s Your Fantasy?” off his debut album Back for the Fantasy. He has since released a string of hits that have included Billboard Hot 100 number ones (“Stand Up,” “Money Maker”) and Top Tens(“Move Bitch,” “Splash Waterfalls,” “Pimpin’ All Over the World,” “Runaway Love”), as well as Hot R&B/Hip-Hop TopTens (“Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” “Rollout [My Business],” “Saturday [Oooh Oooh!],” “Get Back,” “Number One Spot”). Ludacris has also been a reliable featured guest on Top Tens for Missy Elliott (“One Minute Man,” “Gossip Folks”),Mariah Carey (“Loverboy”), LL Cool J (“Fatty Girl”), Chingy (“Holidae In”), Usher (“Yeah!”), Ciara (“Oh”), Jamie Foxx(“Unpredictable”), Fergie (“Glamorous”), and others.
Ludacris is also a dedicated philanthropist, whose passion for giving back to the community inspired him to establish the Ludacris Foundation in 2001, a non-profit organization which seeks to inspire youth through education and memorable experiences and to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development.
Rising Star is executive produced in the U.S. by Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”). The series is from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp).
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