2015 IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL VILLAGE RETURN TO MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS SEPTEMBER 18 AND 19; Annual “Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star” Talent Search Kicks Off Today, Vote Which Up-and-coming Artist Will Perform on the Festival Stage

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Annual “Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star” Talent Search Kicks Off Today, Vote Which Up-and-coming Artist Will Perform on the Festival Stage

 For a full list of Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star artists click here.

NEW YORK ­ March 31, 2015 ­ iHeartMedia today announced that its fifth annual, star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival will return to MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19, 2015 with a lineup to be announced in the coming months, and that its daytime music showcase, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village featuring interactive experiences, will return to the MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon.  The company also announced a renewed partnership with Macy’s to find America’s next “Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star.” 


For the fourth year, Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star talent search will provide 25 emerging artists the chance to perform on the same stage as music’s biggest stars at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival and at select Macy’s events this fall.  iHeartRadio fans and Macy’s shoppers will have the ability to hear fresh new music from the top five Rising Star finalists on iHeartRadio via Macy’s exclusive mstyleradio, the retailer’s own radio station which also broadcasts live in-store at Macy’s mstylelab Junior’s and Young Men’s departments nationwide.  mstyleradio is a destination where fans can discover new music, enjoy their favorite hits and connect to the latest in fashion and pop culture.


“Macy’s incredible partnership with iHeartMedia continues to build on our goal of bringing fashion, music and pop culture together for our customers,” said Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer for Macy’s, Inc. “As a fashion and entertainment brand, we are leveraging the power of mstyleradio, our incredible events, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Village, to create an extraordinary platform for up-and-coming talent to connect with millions of fans.” 


“This partnership has become part of the fabric of the iHeartRadio Music Festival and iHeartMedia is proud to join forces with Macy’s for the fourth year,” said Jeff Howard, President of National Sales for iHeartMedia. “Each year the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Village crush all expectations, truly pushing the boundaries of what live music is and creating once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences. Add on top of that, the ability to launch new music through the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign and it creates one massive and unforgettable event that can’t be seen anywhere else.”


Fans can vote for the next Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star at iHeartRadio.com/RisingStar or via Twitter by using #RisingStar and mentioning the artist.  Full artist biographies, music tracks and videos will be available online to help fans choose their favorite.  Fans who vote online or via Twitter can also enter to win a VIP Trip for two to the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival including tickets for both nights as well as entry to the Festival Village, airfare, accommodations and an exclusive meet-and-greet with the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner.  Fans who add #Sweepstakes to their social #RisingStar vote will be automatically entered to win the VIP Trip. Voting ends Sunday, May 24. *


Last year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contestants received more than seven million votes, crowning Before You Exit the winning band. Before You Exit performed alongside music’s biggest stars at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, which brought the music of the iHeartRadio app to life and offered fans the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of incredible live music and surprise performances by their favorite artists.  Last year’s star-studded festival featured nearly 30 of the best artists in music including Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Zac Brown Band, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki and more.  This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup and ticket information will be announced this summer.


Proud partners of this year’s events include: Buffalo Wild Wings®, Garnier Fructis®, Macy’s, MATADOR Beef Jerky, Pepsi®, SNICKERS® Bar, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, The CW Network and ULTA Beauty®.


The iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises and Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia.  For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.


Artists and/or event are subject to change or cancellation without notice.


* View sweepstakes rules.


About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.


For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.


About The MGM Grand Garden Arena

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound.  Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert.  The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to annual events including Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Championship and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game hosted by the Los Angeles Kings.


About iHeartMedia

With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 500 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 60 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more company information visit


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