The iHeartRadio Music Festival – The Biggest Live Concert Event in Radio History – Returns to MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2013
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any radio or television outlet, today announced the return of its historic, two-day, star-studded music event – the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Back for its third consecutive year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21, 2013. Clear Channel also announced today its continued partnership with Macy’s, the famed department store with over 800 locations nationwide, to bring back Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star, a campaign designed to spotlight America’s emerging musicians and find one lucky artist or group to perform at the iconic iHeartRadio Music Festival.
The Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign, back for its second year, will again conduct a nationwide search for new music. Clear Channel’s industry experts and Macy’s have selected 25 up-and-coming musicians to present to fans across America, who will then vote for an emerging artist who will be given a chance to perform alongside music’s biggest stars at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 and at Macy’s Glamorama events this summer. Clear Channel listeners, iHeartRadio fans and Macy’s shoppers will select their favorite emerging talent and vote online at iheartradio.com/RisingStar or at iheartradio.com/Macys. The artist with the most votes will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Voting begins April 1 and will run through May 12.
“We are excited to once again partner with Clear Channel for the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer. “From up-and-coming fashion trendsetters to rising music talent, Macy’s has a long history of providing major platforms for the next generation of stars to shine. Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star is a fantastic way to engage our fans in that star-making process, adding an exciting layer of entertainment for customers to enjoy.”
Last year’s winners of the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star, Megan & Liz, received nearly 3 million votes from Clear Channel radio listeners, iHeartRadio fans and Macy’s shoppers across the country – including some of music’s biggest names such as Will.i.am, Pitbull, David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias and Randy Jackson. The winning duo performed alongside music’s biggest stars at the 2012 Festival which included No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Jason Aldean, Lil Wayne, Swedish House Mafia, Usher, Green Day, Rihanna, P!nk, Brad Paisley, Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, deadmau5, Aerosmith and Pitbull. More than 17 million people tuned into the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival, which also received more than 1 billion social impressions and more than 50 million text-to-win contest entries. The 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup will be announced this summer.
“Creating pop culture events, bringing music to our fans and offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to listeners across the country is the heart of what we do,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “The iHeartRadio Music Festival has become a marquee event in the music industry, showcasing exactly what iHeartRadio offers – the hottest artists and biggest names in music, all in one place.”
”The return of Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign is a testament to Clear Channel’s ability to resonate with our listeners, introducing them to new music from across the country and showcasing emerging talent in their local communities,” said Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “We are thrilled with our partnership with Macy’s and through the power of our multimedia platforms and national reach, we will yet again provide emerging artists with nationwide exposure and the ability to rally their hometowns to support them in their drive to stardom.”
Fans nationwide will again have the opportunity to attend the two-day, unrivaled music event through a summer-long on-air and online “Road to Vegas” promotion across its 850 radio stations and websites, through iHeartRadio.com and via stations’ Facebook pages, including facebook.com/iHeartRadio. Further details including ticket information, show line-up and exclusive “Road to Vegas” content will be available this summer.
iHeartRadio is the fastest digital service to reach 20 million registered users in internet history. iHeartRadio continues to be the No. 1 digital radio service offering instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from more than 150 cities, plus user-created Custom Stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. In addition to Clear Channel’s 850 radio stations, iHeartRadio also includes a number of other groups such as Univision, Cumulus, Greater Media stations, WNYC, EMF’s Contemporary Christian Air1 and K Love stations, college radio, Cox, Emmis and others. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a new “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities. The iHeartRadio app is available across all major platforms including web, mobile, tablets, automotive, television and gaming devices. Visit iHeartRadio.com for the complete list of app availability.