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Kissmas Bash celebrates season with a host of pop’s finest

Kissmas Bash 2015 sold out in record time this year, which confirms the fact that this yearly bill compiled of mainstream pop’s heaviest hitters is clearly satisfying its base.

Part of the success of the annual Kiss 98.5 FM-produced show, which takes over First Niagara Center at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, can be pinned to the manner in which up-and-coming artists – singers with their first hit under the belts and the stars still in their eyes – can share a bill with seasoned hit makers. That’s certainly the case this year, as newbies like Jocelyn Alice (“Jackpot”) and Alessia Cara (“Here”) sharing the roster with pop elder statesman Robin Thicke and theatrical uber-singer Adam Lambert.

Diversity within the world of modern Top 40 pop has long been a mainstay of Kissmas Bash as well. From Thicke’s blue eyed soul-pop to Lambert’s over-the-top histrionics and Omi’s Island-influenced dance music – see the runaway hit “Cheerleader” – this year’s Bash covers a lot of ground for fans of Kiss 98.5.

– Jeff Miers