Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello & More to Play Citi Concert Series on 'TODAY': Exclusive
The official summer lineup for the Citi Concert Series on TODAY is out, and Billboard has the scoop. It all starts bright and early on Tuesday morning (May 9), when Harry Styles will give just his second-ever live solo performance on Rockefeller Plaza (his first was on Saturday Night Live).
“We’ve gotten a record number of fan pass submissions,” Brittany Schreiber, TODAY’s music booking producer since 2014, tells Billboard about the upcoming set from Styles. The pop singer is an ideal artist to kick off the summer concert series, Schreiber says, and the show has been chasing him since news first broke that his solo album was on the way. “We’re always looking for artists who are launching big tours, who have albums coming out, and who across the board are making news and who have big things coming,” she explains.
Schreiber explains how those guidelines made artists like Miley Cyrus -- she cites the return of Cyrus in the recent Billboard cover story -- Camila Cabello and Bruno Mars, among many others, great gets. “I’ve been working on Bruno Mars since I walked through the doors as the music booker,” Schreiber admits. “I have a picture of him on my bulletin board as a 2017 goal.”
Styles kicks off the 22nd summer of Plaza concerts with the TODAY show, though he previously performed with One Direction in 2012 for the band’s national television debut and returned with the group twice more. The British heartthrob's 1D band mate Niall Horan is also slated to perform, as are Shania Twain, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, Flo Rida while Chris Stapleton and Hailee Steinfeld will deliver their first-ever TODAY show performances.
Now that the lineup, which Schreiber works on year round, is (mostly) set, she takes “a little sigh of relief” but then jumps right into Harry Styles live on the Plaza tomorrow. “I’m never more excited to wake up at 5 a.m. and hear music at 6 a.m. than I am during the summer. We always have said summer is Memorial Day to Labor Day, but this year we couldn’t resist starting a little early… and we might be going a little later.”
Check out the full Citi Concert Series on TODAY summer lineup below.
May 9 -- Harry Styles
May 15 -- New Kids on the Block
May 16 -- Zac Brown Band
May 19 -- Mary J. Blige
May 26 -- Miley Cyrus
May 29 -- Niall Horan
June 2 -- Thomas Rhett
June 9 -- Halsey
June 16 -- Shania Twain
June 30 -- Charlie Puth
July 6 -- Ed Sheeran
July 7 -- Flo Rida
July 18 -- Chris Stapleton
July 21 -- DNCE
July 28 -- Fitz and The Tantrums
Aug. 4 -- Brad Paisley
Aug. 18 -- Hailee Steinfeld
Aug. 25 -- Jason Aldean
*Dates for Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and Camila Cabello to be announced.