Earlier in the day, fans gathered and lined-up at Santa Monica's Civic Center to get their tickets - free tickets which were all snatched-up when they became available early last month. Of course, that was before Pandora even knew that Toronto-based Magic! would eventually land the top spot on Billboards Hot 100 Chart a couple weeks later with the song "Rude," making Magic! the first Canadian band to score a number one song since Nickelback did it in over a decade.
It goes to show how well in tune Pandora is with what's who's about to become the next breakout star. As proof, way back in March during Austin's annual SXSW, Magic! performed at Pandora's Discovery Den showcase.
|UK's Rita Ora mesmerizes the crowd at Santa Monica Pier for Pandora Presents.|
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Now, with her eyes set on America, the now 23 year-old has already claimed the top spot on Billboard's Dance Club Chart with "How We Do (Party)" and her newest hit single "I Will Never Let You Down" which the lead single to her upcoming second studio album.
Led by powerful vocals, Rita's songs are driven by pop melodies and infectious dance beats. To highlight her voice, Rita sang an acoustic version of her song "Radioactive" before belting into her hits songs and crowd pleasers "How We Do (Party)" and "I Will Never Let You Down."
There's no doubt that Australian Iggy Azalea is the hottest artist in the world right now. With hits like "Fancy," "Black Widow" and "Work" taking over every music chart, Azalea brings an unrivaled confident and bold stage presence with her. This in turn shows in her music.
Most of the night, Iggy showcased songs off debut album The New Classic but managed to squeeze in some oldies like "Drop That Shit" off her 2011 mixtape Ignorant and "Murda Bizness" from her 2012 debut EP.
Although Rita Ora opened earlier, she didn't join Iggy onstage to sing "Black Widow" in which she was featured even tough many expected her to sing alongside her. And with the moist, misty air trying to dampen the excitement, Iggy launched into her #1 song "Fancy," that echoed out towards the Pacific Ocean ending her set and ending another successful Pandora Presents event.
Iggy Azalea headlines Pandora Presents at the Santa Monica Pier.
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