106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball

The biggest score on this year's Jingle Ball—KISS 106.1's annual Top 40-palooza—is Cher Lloyd, the most successful British X Factor loser this side of One Direction. Lloyd, a pint-sized, tatted-up 19-year-old, released a debut album, Sticks + Stones, that features an impressive array of collaborators, including Max Martin, Shellback, RedOne, and Busta Rhymes. She had two hits in her native UK—the bizarrely catchy "Swagger Jagger" and "With Ur Love," a sweet song that boasts a verse from Mike Posner—before breaking into the US earlier this year with "Want U Back," a taunting single that occasionally samples a savage grunting noise from Lloyd. It's an aggressive touch that's meant to play on Lloyd's cutesy bad girl image—like the song's accompanying video, in which Lloyd gets arrested for stomping all over a bar. Pop music loves nothing more than a bad girl, so there's nothing stopping this girl from becoming a star. With Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Ed Sheeran, 3OH!3, Owl City, Alex Clare. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sun., Dec. 16, 4 p.m., 2012

 
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