iHeartMedia Summit Day 3: Hangover References, Great Music, Roses (No Cake)
August 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA hosted day two of its MUSIC SUMMIT, held at the iHEARTMEDIA THEATER in BURBANK with about 150 programmers present YESTERDAY (8/5). Among the highlights:
Head Of Promotion NICK PETROPOULOS spoke about their roster of talent including ROBERT DELONG, MUMFORD & SONS, CHVRCHES, making a point of thanking everyone for the support of their artists. The sizzle reel featured MUMFORD tracks "The Wolf," "Believe," and "Ditmas," DELONG's "Don't Wait Up," and "Long Way Down," and CHVRCHES "Leave A Trace," HOLYCHILD "Money All Around," BAIO "Sister Of Pearl," MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR "Silent Movies" and "Yellow Taxi," HALF MOON RUN "Turn Your Love," AURORA "Running With The Wolves." The clip ended with a tease of upcoming music from CHILDISH GAMBINO and TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB and a cool dance scene from "Dirty Dancing."
ROBERT DELONG came to the stage asking if everyone had shaken off their hangovers, and performed a very energetic and entertaining set of "Don't Wait Up" and "Long Way Down."
VP/Marketing & Promotion MICHAEL PLEN and Dir./Promotion & Marketing GABRIELLA IANNI's presentation included a video detailing the inner workings of the company and the hundreds of labels and artists they're involved with from a distribution, marketing and analytics.
Artists featured on their reel included TECH N9NE "Hood Go Crazy," DAVID COOK "Criminals," UNCLE EZRA RAY "B.Y.H.B.," MODESTEP "Make You Mine," ON AND ON "It's Not Over," HIPPO CAMPUS "Suicide Saturday," FAILURE "Hot Traveler," VIOLENT SOHO "Covered In Chrome," THE BIRD AND THE BEE "Los Angeles," THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE WHALER "I Want To Feel Alive," AGAINST ME! "True Tran Soul Rebel," STEPHEN MARLEY "Ghetto Boy" and PEACHES "Light In Places."
The presentation opened with the sizzle reel featuring co-GMs JACQUELINE SATURN and PIERO GIRAMONTI previewing music from GLASS ANIMALS "Black Mambo," BEST COAST "Feeling OK," MATT AND KIM "Stirred Up," AQUILO "Waiting" and THE GREETING COMMITTEE "Hands Down." SATURN then came to the stage where she spoke passionately about being able to develop bands with help from programmers - most pointedly about the success of GLASS ANIMALS.
Mosley Music Group
Company founder TIMBALAND opened his presentation by saying that, after all the years support from radio, "it's only right that I come to show the love to you all." He discussed the importance of creating music you can see as well as hear. He revealed how he bares his soul on a new album he'll be releasing, called "Opera Noire," which will feature JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MISSY ELLIOTT and (from the TV series "Empire") VERONIKA "V" BOZEMAN. He then previewed the debut single from the album "Smile."
BARRY WEISS was next to talk about RECORDS, a company he recently founded with SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING Founder/CEO MATT PINCUS and President RON PERRY. WEISS spoke of the importance of music publishing and publicity, and spoke about their first and (so far) only act signed to the company, NELLY, who joined him on stage to talk about and premiere for the audience the new DJ MUSTARD-produced single "The Fix" (f. Jeremih).
The company sizzle reel began, showcasing the label's musical successes from the past 15 years. The video closed with a special greeting from ANDY GRAMMER, asking everyone to keep an eye out for his upcoming single. Following the video, company CEO STEVE GREENBERG spoke about the label's humble beginnings, initial success with BAHA MEN, all the way to the multi-format success of GRAMMER -- a success he said could not have been done without the "unique alliance with the HOLLYWOOD RECORDS team."
GRAMMER's new single "Hallelujah" was then played along with a song from L.A. artist PUNCH !NC called "Heaven."
VP/Promotion TYSON HALLER spoke about the quality of their upcoming releases, and newly increased promo team, stating it's their hope to create success at Top 40 and Rhythm, similar to that which they've had at Active Rock and Alternative. He then welcomed Senior Director of Promotion ANTHONY IOVINO who talked about that new music, including IYAZ "Alive," LIL DICKY "Save Dat Money" (f. Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan) and REDFOO "New Thang."
HALLER then returned to talk about their upcoming Alternative act LANGHORN SLIM & THE LAW and their song "Strangers."
Founder LYOR COHEN and Head Of Promotion BILL BURRS were next. COHEN spoke passionately about starting his new venture last year adding, "the good news is we'll be in business next year" due in large part, he explained, to the success of FETTY WAP and other acts including CONRAD SEWELL and rockers HIGHLY SUSPECT, which BURRS then spoke about at length.
Their sizzle reel featured FETTY WAP "Trap Queen" and "My Way," HIGHLY SUSPECT "Lydia," MIGOS "Handsome And Wealthy," "Fight Night" and "Pipe It Up," KYGO "Firestone," CONRAD SEWELL "Start Again," YOUNG THUG "Stoner," "Lifestyle" and "I Know There's Gonna Be Good Times," COHEED AND CAMBRIA "You Got Spirit Kid," T-WAYNE "Nasty Freestyle" and MEG MAC "Roll Up Your Sleeves."
BURRS came back following the video to thank the crowd and present to the stage MEG MAC for a live performance of "Roll Up Your Sleeves."
American Association Of Independent Music
TOM POLEMAN spoke of the importance of the relationship between radio and independent labels and how ultimately everyone cares not about the label an act is on but about whether or not they've created a great song. He then welcomed to the stage A2IM President MOLLY NEWMAN who talked about their successes of the past year spread across their partners including BMG, 10TH STREET ENTERTAINMENT, RAZOR & TIE, SECRETLY GROUP, EPITAPH and HOPELESS RECORDS. She then welcomed to the stage VP/Artist Services TIM REID.
REID discussed the parnership with JANET JACKSON and her RHYTHM NATION label, how the singer's album would be coming soon and then played the clip for the current single "No Sleeep" (f. J. COLE).
10TH STREET SVP/Marketing & Promotion STEVE KLINE and VP/Promotion JACKIE KAJZER were next up to talk about their artists and present a reel featuring APOCALYPTICA "House Of Chains," ART OF DYING "Everything," FROM ASHES TO NEW "Lost And Alone," ESCAPE THE FATE "Alive," PAPA ROACH "Gravity," NOTHING MORE "Here's To The Heartache," THE DIRTY HEADS "End Of The World" and ATTICA RIOTS "Misery."
Following the clip, IAN HARRISON, Head of Marketing for HOPELESS came to the stage to speak enthusiastically about the band ALL TIME LOW and their single "Something's Gotta Give," after which he played the song's clip.
RAZOR & TIE SVP KURT STEFFEK followed to talk about PRETTY RECKLESS, who will begin work on their new album next month, and thanked Active Rock radio for their support of the last project. The company reel included RED SUN RISING "The Other Side," STARSET "Halo," ALL THAT REMAINS "For You," WILSON "Right To Rise," AUSTIN PLAINE "Never Come Back Again," DEVOUR THE DAY "Faith" and FAILURE ANTHEM "Paralyzed."
SECRETLY GROUP GM HANNAH OVERTON presents a music reel featuring UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA "Can'tKeep Checking My Phone" and CAYUCAS "Moony Eyed Walrus."
BRETT GREENBERG, EPITAPH National Dir./Radio Promotion joked about how he was working on only two hours sleep but nonetheless made a strong case regarding the label's developing Top 40 act SLEEPING WITH SIRENS. He played the band's EPK and then brought them to the stage to perform their new song "Spark."
The label group's presentation began with a sizzle reel featuring "Roses" a new track from THE CHAINSMOKERS. Group member ALEX PAUL walked through the crowd as the song played, passing out roses to the ladies in attendance. The reel also included DJ KHALED "How Many Times," JORDIN SPARKS "They Don't Give," KARMIN "Didn't You Know," and a special greeting to the Summit audience from SHAGGY followed by his new single "Only Love (f. Pitbull and Gene Noble)."
MARNI HALPERN, RICHARD NASH and BOB WEIL took the stage to thank everyone for the support of their artists, with WEIL commenting it's "great musical sources that make RAL (RED ASSOCIATED LABELS) what it is." SVP Promotion DANNY BUCH joked about how he always "comes in at the end to speak to the most hungover people in the room." He talked about recent signing DAYA, whose single "Hide Away" is quickly breaking at Top 40. The PITTSBURGH singer was welcomed to the stage where she and her band performed the song.
After the performance another sizzle reel was played, featuring JASON ALDEAN "Tonight Looks Good On You," AWOLNATION "I Am," CHASE RICE "Gonna Wanna Tonight," DAYA "Hide Away," LECRAE "Welcome To America," THIRD EYE BLIND "Everything Is Easy" and KELSEA BALLERINI "Love Me Like You Mean It," a song BUCH suggested would eventually be crossed to Pop.
The MOM + POP sizzle reel featured COURTNEY BARNETT "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party," FIDLAR "40 OZ On Repeat" and DMA's "Your Low." A special 'thank you radio' clip was next from THIRD EYE BLIND member STEPHAN JENKINS, followed by THE CHERRY PARTY artist CLARA-NOVA "An Island" and singer NELLY's debut for RECORDS "The Fix."
JOSH DEUTSCH, co-Founderof DOWNTOWN RECORDS was next, joined on stage by VP/Alternative & Rock Promotion MARK CZARRA and MONOTONE's MATT POLLACK, where he talked about their roster of artists including COLD WAR KIDS, who then took the stage and performed the highest charting song of their career, "First."
The label's sizzle reel featured CHET FAKER "1998 (f./BANKS)" and YACHT "I thought The Future Would Be Cooler."
RED BULL's SVP/Promotion-Integrated Marketing JOE GUZIK was up next to talk about their success with AWOLNATION and their long term vision for the band, plus other acts BEARTOOTH and FIVE KNIVES. GUZIK spoke excitedly about the "great reel we worked hard on," which was pretty clever. It featured two young ladies in BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD/WAYNE'S WORLD drag (spot-on mannerisms!) who reviewed label releases including FIVE KNIVES "Savages," AWOLNATION "I Am" and BEARTOOTH "In Between."
Co-Founder EVAN VOGEL was joined on stage by TOM POLEMAN who wanted the honor of introducing songwriters CLAUDE KELLY and CHUCK HARMONY -- who together perform under the name LOUIS YORK. The WEIRDO WORKSHOP roster consists currently of just four acts, LOUIS YORK, female singer MASHA, Calypso/Rock/Reggar band KES and vocal trio THE SHINDELLAS. A sizzle real featuring music by each was played and was followed by LOUIS YORK who performed two songs from their upcoming release "Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes."
The final showcase of the iHEARTMEDIA SUMMIT belonged to PRIMARY WAVE. An introductary video was screened, explaining how the company came into existance back in 2006, focusing on music publishing, branding, marketing and artist management. Midway through, Chief Creative Officer CEE LO GREEN stepped on stage presenting himself as an automaton, to introduce his own video for the song "Robin Williams," plus two other selections from his upcoming album, "Working Class Heroes" and "Taxi Cab Confessions." Other artists featured in the reel included AUDIEN "Somethign Better," KEVIN RUDOLF "That Other Ship," MELANIE FIONA "Bite The Bullet," JAHEIM "Back In My Arms," ERIC BENET "Make Me Feel," JELLY ROLL f. UNCLE KRACKER "Sunday Morning," TREVOR JACKSON "Bang Bang," CRIS CAB, "Englishman In New York," PPL MVR "The One And Only PPL MVR," and ISAC ELLIOT "Baby I."
When the music was finished, TOM POLEMAN and JOHN IVEY came out to talk with the troops and offer some final thoughts of encouragement, reminding everyone to consider the importance of coming together for events such as the SUMMIT as an opportunity to learn, share and exchange ideas.