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Carly Rae Jepsen, Cher Lloyd, Jason DeRulo, Hot Chelle Rae, Emblem3 and Megan & Liz at WPST

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Carly Rae Jepsen at WPST’s PopFest 2013. Photo copyright 2013 by Vin Manta.

Carly Rae Jepsen, Cher Lloyd, Jason DeRulo, Hot Chelle Rae, Emblem3 and Megan & Liz - WPST PopFest 2013 - Sun National Bank Center - Trenton, NJ - May 30, 2013

Thursday May 30, 94.5 WPST radio hosted Pop Fest 2013, featuring some of this year’s biggest music stars. Held at the Sun Financial Center in Trenton, NJ, fans were obviously very excited to see some of their favorite musicians, including Megan & Liz, Emblem 3, Hot Chelle Rae, Jason Derulo, Cher Lloyd, and Carly Rae Jepsen. The atmosphere was definitely very family oriented, with the majority of the fan base being young children accompanied by their parents. But that did not stop the fans from getting loud with a lot of energy as they definitely enjoyed the various pop-stars’ performances.

Megan and Liz were the opening act. The duo is becoming one of music’s biggest as they played some of their most famous songs Thursday night, including “Cruise” and “Bad for Me”. Megan and Liz definitely set the night of with a bang, setting the tone for a great night for the fans.

Emblem3, the band featuring Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg, and Drew Chadwick, were definitely one of the acts that fans came for. The band played their biggest song, “Chloe, You’re the One I Want”, throwing fans into a frenzy of excitement. As soon as Emblem3 started to play the song, the audience erupted with applause and screams.

Hot Chelle Rae followed Emblem3, and they were also welcomed warmly. The band played a few of their songs, including “I Like it Like That,” “Whatever” and “Hung Up.” The bands' sound was very similar to what you would hear on the radio, showing that the band is less synthesized than most today. Hot Chelle Rae, like every performer, gave a very good, fun performance.

Jason Derulo was definitely one of the fan's favorite performers. Immediately as he came on stage the fans seemed to get even louder than they had previously during the concert. Derulo played many of his best hits including “Whatcha Say” and “Ridin’ Solo,” songs that have been prominent for some time now. A very exciting dance team accompanied Derulo and they were all perfectly synchronized for all of his songs.

British pop star Cher Lloyd's performance included hits like “Oath,”, “With Ur Love” and “Want U Back.” She also covered other pop songs such as “O.M.G.” by Usher, but put her own flare to them. Rising from the UK’s X Factor, Lloyd went back to her roots of performing live and did not disappoint.

Probably the biggest star that performed, Carly Rae Jepsen gave a great performance. Starting off with her Owl City collaboration “Good Time,” Carly Rae was truly fantastic live and had all fans singing along to all of her songs. Jepsen also inevitably included her most famous song, “Call Me Maybe.” For many fans, hearing one of the most popular songs of the decade live was very exciting.

Matt Balick

Copyright ©2013 All rights reserved. Posted: June 3, 2013.

photos by Vin Manta © 2013.

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