Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift may bring holiday spirit to MSG show
At first blush, Z100's Jingle Ball has little to do with the "reason for the season." A radio station-sponsored concert featuring Justin Bieber, One Direction and Taylor Swift would sell out Madison Square Garden any time of year, yuletide spirit or not. But since the concert is in December and has the holiday pun in the title, it should be asked: Which performers are in line for Santa's largesse, and which are destined for a morning of coal-filled stockings?
Christmas Cred: Released "Under the Mistletoe," an album of Bieberized carols.
Noel Negatives: "Swag" can't fit in a stocking.
Christmas Cred: Has collaborated with Mariah Carey, the queen of Christmas albums. He might as well have dated an elf.
Noel Negatives: He's also collaborated with Chris Brown, a permanent fixture on Santa's "naughty" list.
Christmas Cred: One Direction dolls are likely to be one of the biggest sellers this holiday season for tween girls.
Noel Negatives: New Kids on the Block dolls can be found on eBay for less than $10. The Warholian clock is always ticking.
Christmas Cred: Contributed to the "A Very Special Christmas" series of CD releases, with all proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics.
Noel Negatives: Those fedoras. Please, enough with those fedoras.
Christmas Cred: Released "Sounds of the Season," an EP of Christmas tracks.
Noel Negatives: Even her Christmas album features a song about an ex-boyfriend, titled "Christmases When You Were Mine."
If you go: Z100's Jingle Ball is at Madison Square Garden Friday at 7:30 p.m., 4 Penn Plaza, at W. 32nd St., 212-465-6073, $51-$351.