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Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, & Alex Aiono & More Headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open

The 2017 US Open started with a bang on Saturday at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Celebration.  AAKD is a celebration of music and tennis, in honor of the late tennis legend Arthur Ashe.  Proceeds from the event benefit the USTA Foundation and the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL).  We love coming to this event every year because they have a knack for booking the hottest up and coming artists in music before they hit it big!  (Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears are just a few of AAKD’s past performers!)


This year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also served as the official launch of Net Generation, the USTA’s new program to help inspire the next generation of tennis players.  Net Generation provides a fun, kid-friendly format to help younger players get into the game.  The next generation of American players including Frances Tiafoe, Claire Liu, Cici Bellis, & Jarden Donaldson, helped show off just how easy it can be!


Saving Forever, made up of 3 brothers from Chicago, got the stadium show started by rocking the house with their new single “Million Ways.”  Their high-energy performance featured dozens of dancers on court on Arthur Ashe Stadium getting down to their blend of perfect pop-rock sounds that just make you wanna dance!  Watch our interview with Saving Forever here!


New Hope Club, fresh off their Summer tour with Sabrina Carpenter, played their new single “Start Over” along with their hit “Fixed.”   The guys were thrilled to be playing their first ever stadium show!


What makes AAKD so fun is that it’s all about music AND tennis!   This year featured tennis icons Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams & 2016 US Open Champion Angelique Kerber.  The players competed in a skills competition to see how many targets they could hit on the forehand and backhand side, with each target hit raising money for their individual charity.  One lucky participant from the NJTL also got to join the players on court and he had SKILLS – he hit almost as many targets as Roger Federer!


Sofia Carson, who co-hosted the event with Alex Aiono, took to the stage to perform her brand new single “Ins and Outs” for the first time.  Sofia’s powerful voice carried throughout the stadium and brought down the house!


One fun fact we learned this week is that pop duo Jack & Jack used to play doubles together in high school!  We’re sure they had a major fangirl moment when they realized they would get to perform on court on the legendary Arthur Ashe Stadium!  We love that their performance took place on opposite sides of the net, as if they were playing a match.  We wish we could have seen them put their tennis skills to the test!  Watch our interview with Jack & Jack here!


The screaming and excitement in the stadium for boyband Why Don’t We started the moment the boys hit the red carpet before the show even started.  It hit an all-time high during their performance of “Something Different” and “Taking You.”  Fans throughout the 23,000 capacity stadium were loudly singing along to every word and cheering as loud as possible.   We imagine this was what it was like at AAKD in 1998 when the Backstreet Boys performed!


As we said, AAKD always have a knack for booking future stars.  Judging by the crowd’s reaction, look out for much more from Why Don’t We soon!  We wouldn’t be surprised to see them headlining their own stadium tour one day.  The boys took the time to answer fan questions and assured that they are hard at work on their upcoming album!  Watch our interview with Why Don’t We here!


Co-host Alex Aiono brought down the house to wrap up the show.  He gave everyone a sneak peak at his brand new single, “Falling,” which is coming out on September 15th!   The multi-talented Alex played the guitar during “Falling” before launching  into his hit single “Hot 2 Touch,”  getting everyone in the stadium to dance along.  As his co-host Sofia pointed out, Alex had actually performed on the grounds on the festival stage back in 2012!  We loved seeing Alex graduate to the main stage!   Watch our interview with Alex Aiono here!

This year’s AAKD was a blast from start to finish, with one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever seen.  We’re already counting down to AAKD 2018!   But for now, we’ll enjoy being at the US Open for the next two weeks.


Make sure to check out our interviews from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day with Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, Saving Forever & Spencer Sutherland!  Head over to Secret Fangirls on YouTube to watch them all!


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SecretFangirls.com Interview Jack & Jack

Jack & Jack first met back in kindergarten, instantly bonding over the fact that they were wearing the same shirt and had the same name!  They eventually started creating music together and have come to be known for their perfect blend of pop and rap.  Jack Gilinsky brings the hooks while Jack Johnson brings the verses.  They just dropped a brand new EP, “Gone,” which brings their music to a new level.

We spoke up with Jack & Jack before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.   Who would they pick as their doubles partner?  What would they pick as their walk-on song?   Watch our interview below and find out.

Pick up a copy of Jack & Jack’s new EP, “Gone,” on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Why Don’t We

Why Don’t We have taken the music world by storm since forming as a group less than one year ago.  Their latest EP, “Why Don’t We Just,” shot straight to #1 on the iTunes Pop Chart, beating Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.  Why Don’t We also recently wrapped up their very first headlining tour this Summer – and the tour was sold out!  Their current single, “Something Different,” is climbing up the charts across the country.

We caught up with Why Don’t We before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  Of all the artists performing at AAKD, Why Don’t We had by far the biggest fan reaction.  The boys absolutely rocked Arthur Ashe Stadium and had the entire crowd screaming and singing along to every word!

Watch our interview with Daniel, Zach, Corbyn, Jack & Jonah to see their pre-concert ritual, find out who they’d fangirl over, and more!

Pick up a copy of the “Why Don’t We Just” EP on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Alex Aiono

Alex Aiono gained a big following by creating flipped versions of pop songs, showing off his vocal, production, and guitar playing skills.  His “One Dance” mash up alone has over 58 million views!  Alex has dropped a few singles this year including “Work The Middle” and “Question.”  We love his energetic pop sound that makes you just want to get up an dance!  “Hot 2 Touch,” his song with Felix Jaehn & Hight, is our pick for one of the best songs of the Summer.

We caught up with Alex before his big day co-hosting and performing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open in NYC.  Alex told us about his new single, which drops September 15th, what his walk-on song would be, and who he would totally fangirl over.  Watch our interview below and get to know Alex!

Pick up a copy of Alex’s single “Hot 2 Touch” with Felix Jaehn & Hight on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Saving Forever

There is always something special about a band of brothers!  From Hanson to Jonas Brothers to AJR, some of the most talented acts of all time have been a trio of brothers.  Saving Forever are the latest brotherly trio to emerge out of Chicago.  Kavah, Khaden & Kye Harris, all between the ages of 13 and 16, caught the attention of L.A. Reid and are working on their debut EP on Epic Records.   The band was so impressive that they were signed after one showcase!

Saving Forever taught themselves how to play instruments by covering classic rock songs in their living room.  Their influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Fall Out Boy to DNCE, and you can hear them all in Saving Forever’s funky rock sound!  The band was recently selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and performed on the TODAY show in August.

We spoke with Saving Forever before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  They got the show off to a rocking start with the funky bass line in their new single, “Million Ways.”  Watch our interview below and get to know Kavah, Khaden & Kye!

Pick up a copy of Saving Forever’s new single “Million Ways” on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Spencer Sutherland

Spencer Sutherland has been having a breakthrough year!  He made it to the finals of the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition,  thanks to the dedication of his fan base.   Spencer was selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and made his national TV debut on the TODAY show.   His new single, “Selfish,” has been climbing up the charts since it was released.  We love his signature blend of R&B and pop music!

Spencer was one of a few performers selected to perform on the Festival Stage hosted by Radio Disney during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  We spoke with Spencer after his performance and found out what fans can look forward to from him next, and what boyband’s album he’d take with him on a road trip!  Watch our interview below and get to know more about Spencer!

Pick up a copy of Spencer’s new single “Selfish” on iTunes now!

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