Hits Aplenty At Day One Of iHeartMedia's Music Summit
August 5, 2015 at 4:00 AM (PT)
While the networks have their upfront showcases of new TV pilots, iHEARTMEDIA presented the first day of its MUSIC SUMMIT, held at the iHEARTMEDIA THEATER in BURBANK with about 150 programmers present.
Pres./National Programming Platforms TOM POLEMAN and Pres./CFO RICH BRESSLER welcomed everyone to the summit and spoke about being great partners with the music business and the impact of the on-air talent being "the secret sauce." JOHN SYKES then spoke to the group about the huge reach that iHEARTMEDIA has over every other radio company and competing platforms like TV, streaming and others.
CAPITOL RECORDS lead off with GREG THOMPSON, who spoke of the HALSEY and DON HENLEY projects and the input from iHEARTMEDIA in picking singles and promoting artists such as TORI KELLY and SAM SMITH. DENNIS REESE spoke of feeling the passion of iHEARTMEDIA radio partners, then welcomed SILENTO to the stage. MARISA MORRIS, BEATA MURPHY and ALISSA POLLACK went up to the stage to dance for SILENTO, who performed "Watch Me."
The CAPITOL sizzle reel included HALSEY "New Americana," BECK "Dreams," CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN "Cocoon," TORI KELLY "Should've Been Us," DISCLOSURE "Omen" f/SAM SMITH, COASTS "Oceans," GAVIN JAMES "Bitter Pill" and DON HENLEY's new album, Cass County, which evoked TEXAS in rural AMERICA.
MARC SCIBILIA was up next with a poppy song, "How Bad We Need Each Other," followed by BJ THE CHICAGO KID "Church," 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER "She's Kinda Hot," TROYE SIVAN "Wild," GRIZFOLK "Troublemaker," YOUNG GREATNESS "Moolah," OG MACO "Run It Up" and concluded with AUDIEN "Something Better" f/LADY ANTEBELLUM.
DAVE LOMBARDI came onstage to present CAROLINE artists featuring GLASS ANIMALS "Black Mambo," which is all over media in the iPHONE commercial.
Next up, DEF JAM's STEVE BARTLES told about his label's commitment to development and breaking artists. The sizzle reel kicked it with JAY Z, KANYE WEST, RICK ROSS, YOUNG JEEZY, RIHANNA, BIG SEAN, IGGY AZALEA, FRANK OCEAN, JHENE AIKO, YG, JEREMIH, and JUSTIN BIEBER. Then ALESSIA CARA appeared on stage. "Scars Are Beautiful" was her first song, a tribute to the pain of women growing up. She then performed her new hit single, "Here."
BARTLES then played JUSTIN BIEBER's new single, "What Do You Mean," before running a sizzle reel that featured LOGIC, AFROJACK, ALESSO, KACY HILL and AXWELL ^ INGROSSO. Then LEONA LEWIS took the stage to do her 2008 hit, "Bleeding Love," and her current hit, "Thunder."
Following a short break, JOHN JANICK took the stage for INTERSCOPE RECORDS. The Chairman/CEO spoke of the growing success with BORNS, who came out and did two strong songs including "Electric Love," just coming off LOLLAPALOOZA.
Next, JANICK introduced SELENA GOMEZ, who spoke about translating a song as her means to being an artist. She played her next single, "Same Old Love." The sizzle reel showed ELLIE GOULDING "On My Mind," KENDRICK LAMAR "Alright," RYN WEAVER "Promises," YELAWOLF "Devil In My Veins," YEARS & YEARS "Desire," LANA DEL REY "High By The Beach," MIKE WILL MADE IT "Drinks On Us," JARRYD JAMES "Do You Remember," RAE SREMMURD "This Could Be Us," X AMBASSADORS "Renegades," K CAMP "Comfortable," ROBIN THICKE with NICKI MINAJ "Back Together," JAY 305 "Thuggin," MAROON 5 "Feelings," TORY LANEZ "Say It," and MAJOR LAZER f/ELLIE GOULDING & TARRUS RILEY "Powerful."
THE STRUTS then played a strong set of rock leading off with "Kiss This," followed by "Could Have Been Me."
CHARLES CHAVEZ served some beer and spoke of DANNY MERCER, who is with COLUMBIA RECORDS. Next came KAT DAHLIA, BEN J, HEYMOUS MOLLY and THE BOY BAND PROJECT, after which CHAVEZ introduced SHY CARTER, who played his single "Bring It Back."
Then MAGIC! performed their new single "#SundayFunday" live. CHAVEZ handed out plaques for the MAGIC! huge hit, "Rude," to the iHEARTMEDIA LOS ANGELES radio programming staff.
Chief Promotion Officer RICHARD PALMESE began their presentation by introducing CEO RANDY PHILIPS, who explained the genesis of GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT and its deep roots in radio and media including management and touring company based in the U.K., but is now active here in the U.S.
"We have a big commitment to artists and the stars who can translate to the stage," he said, as he welcomed NATHAN SYKES to the stage. Backed by a full band with horns, SYKES belted out some strong tunes, including "You're The One," then he slowed it down with the ballad "Over And Over Again," concluding his set with his hit "Kiss Me Quick."
Up next was HOLLYWOOD SVP/Promotion SCOT FINCK, who thanked everyone for their support of DEMI. He also saluted BREAKING BENJAMIN and ANDY GRAMMER for their successes. He then played BEA MILLER's video of "Fire N Gold," which opened with a series of live concert clips showing audiences singing along to every word of the song. This was followed up by a video of the band JOYWAVE in a live performance of their current single "Now," plus a video from ZELLA DAY. THE YOUNG WILD was introduced via video. They are touring with ZZ WARD, who then performed.
Thanking iHEARTMEDIA for an amazing year with her string of #1s from "1989," TAYLOR SWIFT played her new single "Wildest Dreams." BMLG Pres./CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA then took the stage, and he and SVP/Promotion & Artist Development DAVID NATHAN spoke about the early success of NICK FRADIANI and the signing of LAURA MARANO. BORCHETTA then played THE BAND PERRY's new single "Live Forever" and suggested that it would be the next Country to Pop act from BIG MACHINE. He also played a bit of a new track from CHEAP TRICK called "The In Crowd."
BORCHETTA talked about A THOUSAND HORSES, and played "Travelin' Man," then called the ZAC BROWN BAND one of the best testing bands in radio as he spoke about the signing. The next single is "Beautiful Drug" which they intend to cross from Country.