Lil Uzi Vert, Dua Lipa Announced as First Performers for iHeartRadio Music Festival

iHeartMedia has announced that their annual festival, iHeartRadio Music Festival, will return this year on September 21 and September 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. From the first word on its lineup, the festival looks set to have a pretty stacked list of performances.

Among the first acts to be announced for the Daytime Stage, which will take place on September 22 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, include Lil Uzi Vert, Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Belly among many others. The first release of tickets for the festival will go on sale on Thursday May 3 at 10 a.m. PT, starting at a very tempting $29 plus taxes and fees.

The full festival lineup at the T-Mobile Arena will be announced in early June, with even bigger performers set to appear. Keep a lookout for tickets for the Daytime Stage here when they go on sale this Thursday.

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Lil Uzi Vert and Ed Sheeran’s 2017 VMAs Performance Was the Most Unlikely Combo of 2017

Ed Sheeran was one of the opening performers for the 2017 VMAs, where he did a stripped down rendition of “Shape of You.”

But what was surprising to fans is when Sheeran brought out Lil Uzi Vert to perform what appeared to be an unofficial remix to the English singer’s Hot 100 hit. And if that wasn’t a crazy enough sight to see, Sheeran returned the favor by covering parts of Uzi’s “XO TOUR Llif3.”

It sparked a mixed reaction from the crowd. Ludacris looked like he was into it. So was Pink. However, Cardi B takes the cake with her facial reaction alone.

Others watching from home loved it, though.

Well, maybe not everyone.

You can catch up on all the performances here. Others expected to hit the stage include the Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Fifth Harmony, Logic, Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Kyle, and more.

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Everything We Know About Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Luv Is Rage 2’ (So Far)

During this weekend's Billboard Music Awards, it was Sway who point-blank asked Lil Uzi Vert what was up with Luv Is Rage 2. Uzi's response was a simple… and confusing: “It'll be out soon. Like, really soon. Like sooner than soon.” 

What does soon mean in rapper time? That's hard to say. Travis Scott recently said he'd be dropping new music “in a few days,” which turned into three songs being posted on his SoundCloud… 10 days later. With his insane tour schedule (and some legal trouble), we can understand Travis not being able to make it to SoundCloud-dot-com to bless the masses with new material. Uzi? Uzi's been teasing Luv Is Rage 2, the sequel to 2015's Luv Is Rage, since late 2016, though.

For true Uzi fans, how soon is “soon”?

And while we're on the subject, what do we really know about Luv Is Rage 2? If you've followed Lil Uzi Vert on Instagram, you've probably heard a grip of tracks from this project, and the anticipation is high as hell right now, especially for diehard Uzi fans (including those of the “shoot up my school because I don't have your project” variety). Let's cut the bullshit and figure out everything we know about Luv Is Rage 2.

Release Date

Again, let Lil Uzi Vert tell it, Luv Is Rage 2 is going to be out “soon.” His Twitter bio says “coming Soon,” he told Sway that it'd be dropping “sooner than soon,” and while I don't know what it means to tweet your project title next to a sleepy face emoji and a fire emoji, something tells me that too might just mean “soon.”

Let DJ Don Cannon (who co-founded the Generation Now label that Uzi calls home), though, the project isn't coming out “no time soon.” At least, that's what he said in April of 2017. “If you didn’t hear, Luv Is Rage [2] is not dropping no time soon. It’s not going to be a long time from now, but not within this month. We still working on the album. It’s a process. You got to make the album, mix the album, master the album. Put it out. That takes time when you’re perfecting it.”

Features

During his livestream, Don Cannon also spoke on how Uzi's massive hit “XO Tour Llif3” would be getting a special guest when it hits Luv Is Rage 2, but as of right now, there's no word on WHO this guest will be. Judging by his recent output, Uzi could have everyone from Migos to ASAP Rocky to Iggy Azalea to Travis Scott and Gucci Mane on Luv Is Rage 2. Hell, he might get on his EDM shit and do something new with Steve Aoki. Both Young Thug and Wiz Khalifa were on the first Luv Is Rage release as well, so it'd be safe to assume that one of them would be on this.

In terms of producers, we'd assume that Don Cannon would be all over it, as well as Sonny Digital, TM88, FKi, and the other producers from the first Luv Is Rage. Uzi's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World also featured beats from Metro Boomin and WondaGurl, and beatsmiths like Zaytoven and Nard & B were on The Perfect Luv Tape. We feel like somewhere in the middle of these producers (plus some surprises) will make up how Luv Is Rage 2 will sound.

Songs

This is the area we know least about. The only confirmed track on Luv Is Rage 2 is “XO Tour Llif3,” but it was also a part of the four-track Luv Is Rage 1.5 EP that dropped on Feb. 26, 2017. During the last few months, Uzi has spent time previewing track after track on Instagram. Of course, none of these have had track titles, but there's some heat in these snippets.

 

Love your girl more den I love myself 😌❤️® LUV IS RAGE 2

A post shared by @liluzivert on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:42pm PST

 

🤘🏾😉🔥®

A post shared by @liluzivert on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:35pm PST

 

Forreal ? 🙄 LuvIsRage2🔥 coming soon® OldFlow

A post shared by @liluzivert on Dec 21, 2016 at 2:15pm PST

 

🔜 2.®

A post shared by @liluzivert on Nov 27, 2016 at 6:45pm PST

Hopefully most of these are on Luv Is Rage 2… or drop at some point.

Expectations

This is an important moment for Uzi. After making a name for himself via his 2016 grind, this is truly the year he should be shining in. “XO Tour Llif3” proved without a shadow of a doubt that he has widely-appealing tracks at his disposal. Problem is, he's going to have to raise the bar in terms of his hit-making ability. “XO Tour Llif3” can't be the only gem on this project.

Uzi will also have to prove that he's bigger than the hype surrounding him, which usually has to do with what he has on and how he acts on stage than for his actual tracks. Uzi's feeling like the next rap superstar, and a strong showing with Luv Is Rage 2 could bode well for those claims.

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