Rihanna to headline new Oslo festival

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Pop superstar Rihanna is set to be the main attraction at the new Kollen festival in Oslo this summer.

The inaugural Hollenkollen Summer Festival will host 26 acts on June 29-30 at the legendary ski venue overlooking the city.

“Kollen will recreate the joyous buzz normally reserved for world ski championships. But this time Northug, Johaug and Bjørndalen will switch places with Rihanna, Turbonegro and Alison Krauss,” the festival’s organizers said in a statement.

One of the world’s foremost pop stars, the 23-year-old Rihanna has sold 25 million albums and 60 million singles, while her videos have been viewed 2.2 billion times on YouTube.

The festival line-up also includes Alison Krauss & Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas, as well as Turbonegro, Sivert Høyem, Little Dragon and Den Svenska Björnstammen.

“It’s going to be fantastic to experience the world’s biggest pop star at Kollen this summer,” said booking manager Pål Jakobsen.

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“My guess is that the atmosphere generated by her cavalcade of hits will even exceed that created by Northug when he did a pirouette over the finishing line at the world ski championships.”

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