It’s happening — your inner middle schooler’s lifelong dreams are finally coming true. Teen heartthrob and pop sensation of the early 2000s Jesse McCartney is making his way toward University Park as a stop on his fall college tour leading up to The Resolution Tour.
McCartney is our generation’s equivalent of what Justin Bieber was to middle schoolers when he rose to stardom. Who could forget when your worlds collided and the Leo DiCaprio lookalike made a guest star appearance on “Hannah Montana” …
… and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody?”
Since the news that McCartney would be performing at Penn State was released, everyone has been fangirling like London Tipton. “Oh my God, I listen to him every single day. “Leavin'” is one of my favorite songs … his songs have always been on my playlist, I listen to him all the time. I found out on Facebook and couldn’t even believe it was happening,” says Dominique Servati, a senior majoring in English and history.
With classic songs like “Beautiful Soul” and “Right Where You Want Me” constantly blasting on Radio Disney, he stole the hearts of tweens and teens alike from all over. He even cowrote the Grammy-nominated song “Bleeding Love,” famously sung by Leona Lewis.
For a while, though, it seemed that McCartney was stepping out of the spotlight and going off the radar — his last big hit songs being “Body Language” and “How Do You Sleep” in 2009 right around the time that the Biebs made his debut nearly 10 years ago.
Since then, McCartney has worked on two albums and, most recently, has dropped two singles for his upcoming sixth album. His return to the pop music scene has brought in a more mature sound, with songs like “Better With You” and “Wasted,” compared to the very youthful vibe of his earlier career.
Catch him at the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall on Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. Courtesy of SPA, this concert will be free for all students with a valid Penn State University Park student ID.
Check out VALLEY’s Jesse McCartney playlist below to get hyped for the concert!
Jesse, if you’re reading this, Champs Downtown is the post-show celeb hotspot around here.