Verizon Up rewards program brings fans face to face with Rae Sremmurd, Daya, Skylar Grey, Rich The Kid, Kali Uchis and X Ambassadors

NEW YORK, March 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Finishing 2017 with the highest customer loyalty and lowest retail churn of the big four wireless carriers, Verizon today announced its customer rewards program, Verizon Up, will offer new music experiences with Justin Timberlake, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Rae Sremmurd, Daya, Skylar Grey, Rich The Kid, Kali Uchis and X Ambassadors throughout the year. 

"My favorite part of being on tour is getting to see my fans up close and give them a night they won’t forget,” said Justin Timberlake. “When Verizon approached me with the opportunity to thank them by providing special access to my tour, I couldn’t pass it up.”

“Our customers do business with Verizon because we continue to provide the nation's most reliable network and the unwavering customer experiences they have come to expect,” said Diego Scotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Verizon. “Now it’s our turn to say thank you to them through experiences that will bring them closer to some of the biggest tours and names in music today.  Music is a passion we know our customers share, and makes a great addition to the extensive line up of live sports experiences we also offer."

Throughout Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour, Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour, Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues Tour and Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me Tour, all Verizon Up members will get to the action fastest through the Verizon Up Members Lane that provides early and expedited venue entry. Ticket winners will be given a special up close experience within the Verizon Up Members section, including a limited number of VIP meet-and-greet opportunities available at select shows.

"My fans are the most loyal around and I couldn't be more thankful for them," said Luke Bryan.  "Working with Verizon to help them thank their customers while also offering my fans a great experience throughout my tour makes this a great partnership.”

In addition, Verizon Up members will have a chance to meet Interscope Records recording artists Rae Sremmurd, Daya, Skylar Grey, Rich The Kid, Kali Uchis and X Ambassadors at intimate events ranging from private dinners to closed studio sessions and additional experiences designed specifically for each of the musicians and their fans.  Members will also have access to the artists’ shows throughout the year.

With no fee to join and easy enrollment via the My Verizon app, Verizon Up is simple – earn rewards by just being a customer. By paying your Verizon Wireless bill you are eligible for everyday rewards and live experiences, including new customized rewards available every month. For more information, visit https://www.verizonwireless.com/featured/verizon-up/

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About Justin Timberlake
Multi-talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums worldwide, sold out arenas all across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has wildly become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business.

Three of Timberlake’s previous solo albums (Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience) have received various platinum or multi-platinum certifications worldwide. In the US, Timberlake has received five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with eighteen being in the top ten as well as garnered the most Mainstream Top40 Top 10’s among solo males in the chart’s 25-year history (19 total).  Earlier this year, Timberlake released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, Man Of The Woods, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Most recently, Timberlake released the 4X platinum selling song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS which debuted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, became the singer’s first #1 debut on the chart and ultimately the best-selling US single for 2016.  Additionally, it marked Timberlake’s tenth Grammy Award® and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award®.

A gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN and SHREK THE THIRD. He won strong reviews for his performance in Oscar®-nominated THE SOCIAL NETWORK.  His other credits include BAD TEACHER, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, IN TIME, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, RUNNER RUNNER, TROLLS and WONDER WHEEL. Timberlake has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.”

About Luke Bryan
Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and a five-time host of the ACM Awards. This past weekend, Luke joined Katy Perry and Lionel Richie at the judges table for American Idol’s first season on ABC.  Luke’s career has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 40 million tracks and 12 million albums with three Billion music streams and he was the most-streamed country artist from 2012 to 2016. Luke has placed 19 singles at #1, 11 of which he co-wrote, and has headlined arena tours and sold-out stadiums across the U.S. and performed for 1.5 Million fans in 2017 alone. He recently launched his “What Makes You Country Tour” that will have him headlining some of North America’s biggest and best sports stadiums in Toronto, New York City, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles (the first country concert to ever be held in Dodgers Stadium), Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver before wrapping the tour in Detroit at Ford Field on October 26.  

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

About Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business women. In addition, she’s one of the biggest names on social media, with an engaged combined following of over 160 million. 

Demi's highly-anticipated fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, was released in 2015. Within hours of the release of the first single, "Cool for the Summer", the anthem trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries. Her previous album, 2013's DEMI, hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries around the world - with the lead single "Heart Attack" earning Platinum status just ten weeks after its release. "Heart Attack" was followed by the top 5 radio smash and platinum single "Neon Lights," and her top 10 single "Really Don't Care." The album supported two headlining tours (NEON LIGHTS and DEMI WORLD TOUR) which made stops throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

In April 2017, Demi played the voice of Smurfette in the Sony animated film, 'Smurfs: The Lost Village.' Additionally, beyond the stage and the screen, in 2013, her book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year, became a New York Times best-seller, and in 2014 she became a global ambassador for Sketchers. In 2015, Lovato partnered with Episode, a leading mobile storytelling network, to make Demi Lovato: Path to Fame. Since launching, her story has been read over 225 million times. In 2017, Demi took on a new venture and was announced as the first-ever collaboration with Fabletics, the innovative active wear brand co-founded by Kate Hudson. 

As a result of her long-time commitment to raising awareness around LGBT issues and causes, in 2016, Demi became the recipient of GLAAD's Vanguard award. She continues to be a global advocate for Mental Health, and in 2017 was honored by Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, with the Artistic Award for Courage for her work in mental health. In addition, also in 2017, she was named by Global Citizen as the organization's official ambassador for mental health, with a special focus on vulnerable communities around the world. 

In July 2017, she released the first single “Sorry Not Sorry” off her album which instantly flew into the Top 5 on the iTunes Charts and is now certified triple-platinum. The hit has garnered over 500 million streams, climbed to #1 on the viral charts, and has over 310 million views for its house party video. Lovato's sixth studio album “Tell Me You Love Me” debuted at #1 on iTunes in 37 countries on September 29th. In addition to her critically hailed album release, Demi released a 78-minute documentary film, Simply Complicated which has amassed over 14 million views to date.  

Currently, Demi is on her 20-city tour across the U.S. and Canada with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, and is set to tour South America and Europe later this year.

About Maroon 5
Maroon 5 stands out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, earned 20 Top 40 hits making them the only band to ever do so, sold over 36 million albums, 48 million singles worldwide, and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won't be Soon Before Long. Maroon 5 went on to release studio albums, Hands All Over, which featured the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” and Overexposed. The band’s fifth studio album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and featured the  #1 hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” helping the band set a record for the most #1’s by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history, with 9 in total. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY- nominated single "Sugar" has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date. 

Maroon 5’s released their 6th studio album, Red Pill Blues, in late 2017 via 222/ Interscope. The debut single off the album, “What Lovers Do,” [feat. SZA] introduced the band’s latest body of work with a proverbial bang; accumulating over 460 million Spotify streams and 197 million YouTube/VEVO views. The band’s brand-new single is the highly anticipated track “Wait,” which has quickly climbed up the Top 40 radio chart, already clocked over 116 million streams. The first leg of the band’s world tour will kick off May 30, 2018 with special guest Julia Michaels.

About Rae Sremmurd
Rae Sremmurd is a Tupelo, MS born hip hop duo comprised of brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi.

After a period of producing music at home and playing at local parties in their mother's basement and bars, the brothers made it to second place on the "Wild Out Wednesday" segment on BET's hip hop and R&B show 106 and Park. The pair turned down major label record deals and eventually signed to EarDrummers Entertainment on January 1, 2014. They released their debut studio album, SremmLife, on January 6, 2015. The album debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, and was supported by four singles. Its lead single, titled "No Flex Zone" was released on May 18, 2014. The song gained considerable attention after it was officially remixed featuring rappers Nicki Minaj and Pusha T. The single peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On September 15, 2014, they released their second single, titled "No Type", which climbed to number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both singles have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).The third single from the album, "Throw Sum Mo", which features guest vocals from Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, was released on December 9, 2014. The song peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. "This Could Be Us" went on to serve as SremmLife's fourth single, and was released to US urban adult contemporary radio on April 21, 2015.

On August 12, 2016, Rae Sremmurd released their second studio album, SremmLife 2, on Ear Drummer Records/ Interscope Records. The album includes the duo’s first Billboard number-one song "Black Beatles", which topped the chart in the issue dated November 26, 2016 and held the number one spot for seven consecutive weeks.

The duo are gearing up to release their third multi-album project, SR3MM. The three-part album, SR3MM, to be released via Eardruma Records/Interscope Records, will be made up of three standalone albums; Rae Sremmurd’s Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee’s Swaecation and Slim Jxmmi’s Jxmtro. The album was made in conjunction with their longtime collaborator and EarDruma CEO Mike WiLL Made-It.

About Daya
Since making her debut with 2016’s double-platinum “Hide Away,” 19-year-old singer/songwriter Daya won her first ever Grammy Award for her smash collaboration with The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down,” released a gold-certified album, and headlined a national tour. Just months after debuting at #5 on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list in 2016, the Pittsburgh-born artist emerged as the youngest honoree on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 music list in 2017. Newly signed to Interscope Records, Daya is set to deliver a sophomore album that finally shows the full depth of her talent and scope of her artistry.

About Skylar Grey
Skylar Grey is a five-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter.  She is responsible for co-writing some of the most memorable songs to light up the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes sales charts, totaling more than 25 million in sales worldwide.  

Grey collaborated with Eminem on his latest record Revival released on December 15, 2017. She is featured on the song “Tragic Endings” and has 3 additional writing and producing credits on the album including “Walk On Water” featuring Beyoncé, “Like Home” featuring Alicia Keys, and “Need Me” featuring Pink. She performed “Walk On Water,” “Stan” and “Love The Way You Lie” on Saturday Night Live with Eminem on November 18. 2017, the former of which she also co-wrote.

Last year, Grey featured on Macklemore’s platinum single "Glorious," which was included on his solo album, Gemini released on September 22, 2017.  The song reached #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  

Grey performed a stirring rendition of the 1961 Ben E King classic “Stand By Me” for Budweiser’s Super Bowl LII commercial. Grey performed at the Super Bowl Live Stage in Minneapolis, MN on February 2, 2018.

Currently, Grey is working on her third studio album with Interscope Records/Kid In A Korner.  After years of experimentation, she is revisiting her organic style roots with her new sound. “I’ve definitely gone on a lot of musical adventures over the past few years, working with people in hip-hop and with DJs and experimenting in all these different genres,” Grey says. “And it’s good to keep going on adventures, because you never know what you’re capable of. But this new album is very much me coming home, and doing something that’s most authentic to who I am at the core.” 

Grey a Wisconsin native, currently resides in Napa, California.

About Rich The Kid
Rich The Kid released his first solo EP, Flexin on Purpose, in 2014, featuring Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, and others. Over the next two years, he released his second project, Trap Talkand launched his own imprint, Rich Forever Music. In June of 2017, Rich The Kid signed with Interscope Records and has since been featured in XXL, Complex and more. 2018 is going to be big year for the New York-bred rapper, as he gears up for the release what he’s called “the greatest album of 2018;” The World Is Yours will be out on March 30 via Interscope Records/ Rich Forever Music. The World Is Yours features two charting, “Plug Walk” (currently at #13 on Apple Music, with 3.5 million Apple Music streams last week) and “New Freezer” ft. Kendrick Lamar (now at #30 on the same chart, with an equal number of streams.)

About Kali Uchis
Raised between Virginia and her parents’ native Colombia, Kali Uchis’ first studio project, Por Vida, was released in 2015 to acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork and The FADER, whose cover she graced this year. Uchis has collaborated and shared stages with Gorillaz, Diplo, Major Lazer, Tyler The Creator, Snoop Dogg, Kaytranada, Leon Bridges and more.

About X Ambassadors
KIDinaKORNER/Interscope band X Ambassadors’ debut album VHS reflected on the events that shaped lead vocalist and lyricist Sam Harris and his older brother, keyboardist Casey Harris’ life growing up in Ithaca, NY. The gold-certified album, which Rolling Stone called “bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger,” debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spawned two double-platinum-selling singles, “Renegades,” which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative chart, and “Unsteady.”  The success of VHS sent X Ambassadors on a nearly two-year touring odyssey that found them winning over fans around the world and performing at the Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, and Shaky Knees festivals, among others, and establishing themselves as a world-class rock band.  Last summer X Ambassadors released the impassioned “Ahead of Myself,” the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, on January 26th they followed up with their powerful and redemptive title track for their forthcoming album “JOYFUL” and on February 2nd they dropped the soulful and Prince inspired single “Don’t Stay.”  X Ambassadors hit the road in February to play a handful of intimate sold out headline shows and embark on a massive headlining tour in April and May. www.xambassadors.com 

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