iHeart Music Summit Invades Los Angeles; Great Music, Lots Of Fun -- It Could Be Habit Forming
January 23, 2015 at 4:42 PM (PT)
The iHEART MUSIC SUMMIT 2015, normally held in NEW YORK CITY, made a WEST COAST stop at the iHEART THEATER in LOS ANGELES -- well technically, BURBANK, CA. A gathering of around 150+ market programmers, SVPPs and National Programming Platform execs were on-hand to listen to music and see performances by some of the hottest current and new acts over three days, beginning TUESDAY (1/20) and ending YESTERDAY (1/22).
iHEARTMEDIA Pres./National Programming TOM POLEMAN did the majority of the MC work with some assist by iHEART Pres./Entertainment Enterprises JOHN SYKES, as every major label and a huge showing of independent labels made some compelling presentations. Pres./CFO RICHARD BRESSLER was also very visible. ALL ACCESS' JOEL DENVER and ED BROWN were on hand and below is a look at all of the great music.
MOXY ENTERTAINMENT Pres. VALERIE DELONG made a video presentation of GREEK FIRE "Top Of The World." SUBURBAN NOIZE's KEVIN ZINGER played CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE "Two Shots" video. IN2UNE MUSIC's DALE CONNONE, KEN LUCEK, LORI RISCHER and MELANIE SCULL showed the MEGAN NICOLE video, "Fun," and LIFEHOUSE performed "Hurricane."
S-CURVE RECORDS talked about their campaign for ANDY GRAMMER's single "Honey, I'm Good" and ADA presented WYCLEF JEAN, who spoke and performed "Divine Sorrow." JIM GUERINOT and MIKE JACOBS presented TIME BOMB RECORDING's new OFFSPRING video "Coming For You."
And there was a special guest speaker session to end the presentations that featured RON LAFFITTE, GUY OSEARY and THE EDGE. A dinner, sponsored by ATLANTIC RECORDS, wrapped up day one.
The next day was very full, beginning at 8:30a,and running well past 6p. Kicking it off was REPUBLIC RECORDS -- with team members CHARLIE WALK, GARY SPANGLER, TOBY RUSSELL, ROB HARVEY, RON CERRITO, AMANDA DOBBINS and ARTIE GENTILE all clad in REPUBLIC hoodies. They ran a sizzle reel featuring SIGMA "Nobody To Love," SHEPPARD "Geronimo," ARIANA GRANDE "One Last Time," JESSIE J "Masterpiece," NATALIE LA ROSE "Somebody," KALIN & MILES "Trampoline," THE MOWGLIS "I'm Good," JAMES BAY "Hold Back The River," FLORENCE + THE MACHINE "What Kind Of Man" and THE WEEKND "Earned It."
ISLAND was up next as label Pres. DAVID MASSEY showed a video presentation of NICK JONAS' new single "Chains." He then went on to thank the REPUBLIC team, who promotes ISLAND's music and presented a #1 plaque to KIIS-FM/LOS ANGELES PD and iHEART SVPP JOHN IVEY for NICK's single "Jealous."
DEF JAM Pres./COO STEVE BARTLES showed a video recap of 2014 followed by the AXWELL & INGROSSO "Beats" commercial which is all over the TV. He then surprised everyone by introducing superstar KANYE WEST, who mesmerized the room for nearly 40 minutes with an unforgettable, extemporaneous flow of thoughts on innovation, ideas about where music was going, live rapping and some pretty funny jokes.
Up next, BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP Pres. SCOTT BORCHETTA stopped his sizzle reel and quipped about KANYE going long. He spoke about a new collaboration with SCHOOL BOY RECORDS' SCOOTER BRAUN and how they were going to launch the new artist WHO IS FANCY by not giving out any details, but by letting the music speak for itself. They then played the lead track going to radio from WHO IS FANCY titled "Goodbye."
SCOTT introduced BMLG's SVP/Pop Promotion DAVID NATHAN, who revealed that music heard on this season's AMERICAN IDOL, on which BORCHETTA is mentoring, will come through BMLG. And then he went on to bring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE to the stage for a performance.
INTERSCOPE/GEFFEN/A&M's BRENDA ROMANO, CHRIS LOPES, DON CODDINGTON, LARRY KAHN, ROBBIE LLOYD, CHRIS MORADI, NINO CUCCINELLO, MARK NEITER, BRIAN GRAY and, REZA SARRAFIEH were all present and welcomed new artist RYN WEAVER to the stage for performances of "OctaHate" (Adds 2/24) and "Promises," followed by a sizzle reel of upcoming releases by EMILE HAYNIE "Falling Apart," ELLIE GOULDING "Love Me Like You Do," IMAGINE DRAGONS "I Bet My Life" and "Shots," JASON FRENCH "You Just Want My Money," MAROON 5 "Sugar," YEARS & YEARS "Desire," YOUNG RISING SONS "High," RICO LOVE "Somebody Else," RIXTON "Hotel Ceiling," MGK "Spread The Love," U2 "Every Breaking Wave," YELAWOLF "Till It's Gone," BØRNS "Electric Love," RAC "Let Go," JESSIE WARE "Say You Love Me," FRENCH MONTANA "Bad Chick," CEDRIC GERVAIS "Love Again," MADONNA "Living For Love," RAE SREMMURD "Thro Sum Mo" and "No Type," DJ SNAKE & ALUNAGEORGE "You Know U Like It," AUDIO PUSH "Quickfast," CARLY RAE JEPSEN "I REALLY LIKE YOU" and ZEDD (f. SELENA GOMEZ) "I Want You To Know."
CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP EVP GREG THOMPSON welcomed everyone with CEO STEVE BARNETT, DENNIS REESE, BILL CARROLL, JOE RAINEY, PATTY MORRIS, AZIM RASHAD, MEGAN YOUNGBLOOD, ALEX CORONFLY, TONY BRACY and DIXIE TIPTON on hand. THOMPSON presented a strong sizzle reel of new music, and welcomed SCOOTER BRAUN's artist TORI KELLY to the stage to perform the songs "Dear No One" and "Nobody Love." Along with JOHN IVEY, it was announced that "Nobody Love" was to be an upcoming Top 40 "On The Verge" single.
HOLLYWOOD RECORDS' SVP SCOT FINCK discussed the major ESPN and NFL promos using the BEA MILLER track "Fire N Gold," new music from R5 "Let's Not Be Along Tonight" (penned by hit songwriter SAVAN KOTECHA) and JOYWAVE "Somebody New." Their presentation wrapped up with ZELLA DAY, who brought down the house with an electrifying performance of "Hypnotic."
WMG took center stage following a lunch break. ATLANTIC Chairman/COO JULIE GREENWALD's presentation for ATLANTIC LABEL GROUP was a combination sizzle reel and GREENWALD 'interview' by WWPR (POWER 105.1)/NY BREAKFAST CLUB hosts CHARLAMAGNE and ANGELA YEE.
WARNER BROS. EVP PETER GRAY was next up to the podium, presenting the label's upcoming projects from artists including ECHOSMITH, ROYAL BLOOD, JASON DERULO and recent signing ADAM LAMBERT, whose MAX MARTIN-produced release will arrive early this year.
The SONY GROUP followed, as COLUMBIA's EVP/GM JOEL KLAIMAN thanked the attendees for their help in launching the careers last year of both HOZIER and ELLA HENDERSON. The young singer was then brought to the stage to perform her single "Ghost," after which team COLUMBIA presented her with a plaque commemorating the song's success. A highlight reel of new music was then played, after which EVP/Promotion LEE LEIPSNER came out to present U.K. singer-songwriter GEORGE EZRA, who performed his global smash "Budapest".
EVP/GM JOE RICCITELLI's presentation for the RCA LABEL GROUP included lots of great new releases and three killer performances including SIA, who performed "Elastic Heart" (receiving a standing ovation); TINASHE, singing her new song "All Hands On Deck" and BLEACHERS, who rocked the room with their performance of the song "Rollercoaster."
KEMOSABE's DR. LUKE and EVP GREG MARELLA were joined on stage by JOEL KLAIMAN to introduce LUNCHMONEY LEWIS to the audience. They played his debut single, "Bills," which was well-received. This was followed by another new artist, CHRISTIAN BURGHARDT (coming to Hot AC next month), who performed his debut "Safe Place To Land."
While on stage discussing the success of MAGIC!, LATIUM ENTERTAINMENT's CHARLES CHAVEZ held up his iPHONE and told the audience he had just finalized a deal with RCA for future projects and then introduced TORONTO Hip-Hop artist JORDAN BENJAMIN a.k.a. BENJ, who performed "I'm A Bad Mutha." Following the performance, he invited the guests to celebrate the success of the label with a shot of FIREBALL, which were delivered around the room on trays carried by PLAYBOY BUNNIES.
EVP/Promotion TODD GLASSMAN presented EPIC's roster of upcoming releases including new music from FIFTH HARMONY, MEGHAN TRAINOR, plus several new signings including LIFE OF DILLON, SUITE 44 and ZARA LARRSON. Singer JANELLE MONAE came to the stage to introduce new signing JIDENNA, who was joined on stage by ROMAN GIANARTHUR and the two proceeded to tear it up with a performance of "Classic Man."
A short break was taken and followed by special guest RYAN SEACREST, who joined TOM POLEMAN on stage and chatted with the audience before the presentations resumed.
ULTRA MUSIC owner PATRICK MOXEY and Sr. Promotion Dir. PHIL NIEVES introduced two new artists at the summit. NORWEGIAN DJ KYGO was first. He performed his single "Firestone" (joined onstage by vocalist CONRAD SEWELL). MOXEY and NIEVES then discussed upcoming releases including the new STEVE AOKI project, "Neon Future II," and welcomed singer MOXIE to the stage to perform a song from the album, "I Love It When You Cry." AOKI surprised the audience following the performance, by 'caking' WXXL/ORLANDO PD BRIAN MACK, who then shared a hug (and much cake in the process) with a very surprised TOM POLEMAN.
CONCORD's VP/Promotion JILL WEINDORF was next up to present "the new phase of CONCORD" as she presented "cutting edge acts you would never have associated with" the label, including new releases from MARILYN MANSON, SEETHER, ST. VINCENT and recent signing, the U.K.'s TEMPERENCE MOVEMENT.
Next, HARVEST RECORDS' co-GM's PIERO GIRAMONTI and JACQUELINE SATURN reviewed new music from artists including MATT & KIM, GLASS ANIMALS, TV ON THE RADIO, NEW BASEMENT TAPES and played a special recorded message from former On The Verge artist BANKS.
VERVE VP/Artist Development/Promotion MIKE RITTBERG had plenty of new music to play for the attendees, including two songs from emerging artist CHARLES PERRY, as well as FAIRGROUND SAINTS, BRENNA WHITAKER, LEDISI and MARK KNOPFLER. Of special note, RITTBERG revealed details of a DAVID FOSTER project coming in OCTOBER, "We Love Disney," an album featuring DISNEY classics covered by contemporary superstars.
NETTWERK RECORDS' Head Of Promotion JEFF BALLARD had the final presentation for the day, commenting on the 30 years the label has been in business and playing new music from MORGAN PAGE and SCARS ON 45. He then welcomed to the stage, FAMILY OF THE YEAR, who closed the event with a performance of the song "Hero" from the OSCAR-nominated film "Boyhood."
Independent artist CHARLES HAMILTON was the kickoff to the THURSDAY iHEART MUSIC SUMMIT with a video of his troubled life leading up to his diagnosis of bipolar disorder to his rebirth as an artist. He played piano and performed his new single, "New York Raining," a collaboration with RITA ORA.
GLASSNOTE Pres. DANIEL GLASS and NICK PETROPOULOS addressed the audience and spoke of the partnership with radio and the successes of CHILDISH GAMBINO and ROBERT DELONG. GLASS said that over the next 18 months they had a lot of great new music on the way. And then came a sizzle reel, ending with a performance of "Headlights" by TOR MILLER.
DREW HAUSER, SVP/Promotion from WIND-UP ENTERTAINMENT, introduced a super-funny video, a takeoff on JIMMY KIMMEL's "Mean Tweets" featuring THE GRISWOLDS, YOUNG GUNS UK, SPEAK, CROBOT and ARANDA.
300 ENTERTAINMENT Chairman LYOR COHEN and SVP/Promotion BILLY BURRS thanked everyone for their support, showed a sizzle reel featuring HIGHLY SUSPECT, MEG MACK and wrapping up with a live performance by AUSTRALIA singer-songwriter CONRAD.
RED LIGHT/ATO's WILL BOTMAN was next, speaking about ALABAMA SHAKES' upcoming album and the first single (which he played), "I Don't Want To Fight No More."
a2im's VP MOLLY NEUMAN took the stage and spoke of the growth of independent label music. She introduced BEGGARS GROUP's RISA MATSUKI and BRIEN TERRANOVA and discussed new music coming from FUTURE ISLANDS, PURITY RING, INTERPOL, HOUND MOUTH, FKA, TWIGS and JUNGLE (playing two tracks: "Busy Earnin'" and "Time").
10th STREET ENTERTAINMENT, ELEVEN SEVEN, and FIVE SEVEN's SVP/Mktg/Promotion STEVE KLINE and VP/Radio Promotion JACKIE KAJZER were up next and noted that industry veteran SHANA FISHER would soon be opening the doors on a new label, BETTER NOISE. Then it was onto a sizzle reel featuring Papa Roach "FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE," HELLYEAH "Moth," NOTHING MORE "Mr. MTV," SIXX:A.M. "Stars," MÖTLEY CRÜE "All Bad Things" and DIRTY HEADS, "Sound Of Change."
EPITAPH Nat'l Dir. Alternative/Active Rock Promotion BRETT GREENBERG was pumped about upcoming music from BRING ME THE HORIZON, JAMIE T, FALLING IN REVERSE and SLEEPING WITH SIRENS.
HOPELESS RECORDS VP/Marketing & Creative IAN HARRISON brought the audience ALL TIME LOW "Something's Gotta Give."
PROSPECT PARK's JEREMY SUMMERS introduced those present to AZALEA BANKS "Chasing Time."
RAZOR & TIE VP/Promotion KURT STEFFEK was very up about 2014's record year for the label and played music from ALL THAT REMAINS "This Probably Won't End Well," THE PRETTY RECKLESS "Follow Me Down," STARSET "Carnivore" as well as offerings from BORN CAGES, RED SUN RISING and FAILURE ANTHEM.
NICK ATTAWAY, VP/Artist Development from VAGRANT was on hand with WATERS and several selections, "Go To My Head," "What's Real" and "Stupid Games."
RAL's VP/Promotion BOB WEIL and MARNI HALPERN, along with SVP/Urban Promotion RICHARD NASH, hit the stage and played videos from SHAGGY "I Need Your Love," THE VERONICA's "You Ruin Me" as well as a song from OMAR and a video from JORDIN SPARKS, "Double Tap" -- following the clip, the singer came out on stage to thank everyone.
SONY RED's SVP/Promotion/Artist Development DANNY BUCH was in great form, showing a photo of a Gold record he'd presented to former WNBC/NEW YORK PD BOB PITTMAN -- and then had a huge sizzle reel featuring LECRAE "Anomaly," a couple tracks from JOEY BADASS, DIRTY HEADS "My Sweet Summer," INGRID MICHAELSON "Girls Chase Boys," STEVE AOKI "Boneless," MR. PROBZ "Waves," BLUE OCTOBER "Fears," WILD CUB "Thunder Clatter," SMASHING PUMPKINS "Being Beige," TING TINGS "Wrong Club," CHET FAKER "Gold," COLD WAR KIDS "First," COMPLEX NOISE "Black Soap," CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN "Kathleen," plus vids from RUN THE JEWELS, COURTNEY BARNETT, FLUME and DMAS.
JOE GUZIK, SVP/Promotion from RED BULL, hit the stage with latest from AWOLNATION called "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf), FIVE KNIVES "Savages," and BEARTOOTH "Beaten In Lips."
The final day of the iHEART MUSIC SUMMIT came to a close with a live performance from THE TING TINGS.
A truly remarkable three days of music, fun and great networking.