Former "X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland and former "X Factor" U.K. finalist Cher Lloyd are among the performers set to headline shows as part of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras concert series at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
Rowland's concert is on March 28, 2014. Lloyd's concert is on May 24, 2014.
Admission to each concert is included with the price of admission to Universal Studios in Orlando. Each concert starts around 8:30 p.m. EST unless otherwise announced.
Other artists who are part of the Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras concerts in 2014 are Weezer (which performs on March 29), Skillet (April 5), Lynyrd Skynyrd (April 12), Kool & the Gang (April 19), Nelly (May 3), The Wanted (May 10), The Roots (May 17), Huey Lewis and the News (May 31) and Robin Thicke (June 7).
Rowland (a former member of Destiny's Child) was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011 and on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013. Her fourth solo album, Talk a Good Game, was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S., but the album has not gone gold or platinum in any country. The album's two singles were not big hits. "Kisses Down Low" peaked at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while "Dirty Laundry" failed to make it on the chart.
In 2013, Rowland toured with The-Dream and headlined several concerts. She also reunited with her Destiny's Child band mates Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams for a Destiny's Child performance during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show in New Orleans.
Since "The X Factor" U.S. was cancelled, Rowland was seen at runway shows during New York Fashion Week in February 2014.
Lloyd came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. Her second album, Sorry I'm Late, will be released on May 27, 2014.
Lloyd is having a hard time overcoming her status as a one-hit wonder in the United States. Her song "Sirens" (the second single from Sorry, I'm Late) was released on March 17, 2014. One week after its release, the song is not on on the iTunes (U.S.) charts, which means it won't make it on to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Sirens" also bombed in the U.K.
Her song "I Wish" (featuring T.I.) was released in the U.S. on Sept. 2, 2013, was also a huge flop. The song failed to make it on Billboard Hot 100 chart. "I Wish" (the first single from Sorry I'm Late) has been nominated for Catchiest New Song for the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.
Lloyd's first album, Sticks & Stones, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in October 2012, but so far the album hasn't even reached gold certification in the U.S.
Lloyd's first U.S. single, "Want U Back," peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold 2 million copies in the U.S. in 2012. But her follow-up U.S. singles ("Oath" and "With Ur Love") from Sticks & Stones were flops, even though Lloyd has spent several months promoting her music in America. "Oath" peaked at No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while "With Ur Love" didn't even make it onto that chart. She also teamed up with Ne-Yo for the duet "It's All Good."
In the U.K., Lloyd has had Top 40 hits with her first three U.K. singles "Swagger Jagger" (No. 1 in the U.K.), "With Ur Love" (No. 4 in the U.K.) and "Want U Back" (No. 25).
Sorry I'm Late was originally planned for release in 2013, but true to its title, the album's release was postponed.
As previously reported, in September 2013, Lloyd headlined a U.S. tour, with girl group Fifth Harmony as the opening act. Fifth Harmony (which is also signed to Syco/Epic) came in third place on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012.
Lloyd is an opening act of Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" tour from March 20 to March 30, 2014. Fifth Harmony is also an opening act on the tour.