Capitol Music Group holds annual Capitol Congress in Hollywood
Artists Present New Projects, Media Notables Speak To Industry Issues
Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett hosted the company's Annual Capitol Congress on Wednesday, August 9 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood, during which CMG's superstar and developing artists presented their forthcoming projects to company and entertainment industry representatives from around the world, as well as consumer and trade media. Joining Barnett and hundreds of specially-invited attendees were Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and an array of CMG artists who presented new and forthcoming projects, including Oscar- Golden Globe- and Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith, Grammy Award-winner Beck, critically-acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominee and multi-platinum maverick Halsey, global superstar Niall Horan, Grammy Award-nominee Lil Yachty (aka "King of the Teens"), Grammy nominated rapper Vic Mensa and critically acclaimed artist and songwriter Maggie Rogers.
Guests were welcomed with opening comments from Barnett and Grainge, before seeing and hearing presentations from the abovementioned artists and a range of notable figures from the music and entertainment industries who spoke on major topics relevant to attendees. These participants included included Grammy Award-wining music producers Don Was, who also serves as CMG's Blue Note Records President, acclaimed music producers Greg Kurstin, Spike Stent and CMG EVP Dion "No I.D." Wilson, who recently produced Jay-Z's #1 album 4:44 and Apple Music's Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, who interviewed Sam Smith about his forthcoming album.
The full list of artists, speakers and presenters during Capitol Music Groups Annual Capitol Congress were (in order of appearance): Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett; Universal Music Group (UMG) Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge; Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records SVP of A&R Ezekiel Lewis; Quality Control Music's CEO Pierre "Pee" Thomas and COO Kevin "Coach K" Lee; artist Lil Yachty; CMG COO Michelle Jubelirer; seventeenfifty's Senior Director of Brand Partnerships Ryan Allingham and Senior Director of Creative Sync Licensing Jenny Swiatowy; CMG President Ashley Newton; CMG Executive Vice President of Marketing Mitra Darab; CMG Executive Vice President of Promotion Greg Marella; artist Niall Horan; Harvest & Caroline General Managers Piero Giramonti and Jacqueline Saturn; Capitol Christian Music Group's CEO Bill Hearn, SVP of Marketing & Commercial Partnerships Hudson Plachy and SVP of A&R Brad O'Donnell; Astralwerks General Manager Glenn Mendlinger; CMG Senior Vice President of Label Sales Vince Szydlowski; Caroline SVP of Marketing & Commercial Development Matt Sawin; CMG SVP of Steraming Strategy & Research Jeff Temske; Capitol Records EVP of A&R Nate Albert; artist Maggie Rogers; Blue Note President and producer Don Was; Priority Records executives William "Fuzzy" West and Serge Durand; Capitol Records VP of A&R Jeremy Vuernick; artist Halsey; CMG EVP of International Robbie McIntosh; producers Greg Kurstin, Spike Stent and Dion "No I.D." Wilson; Universal Music Enterprises President Bruce Resnikoff; artist Vic Mensa, Capitol Records SVP of Marketing Arjun Pulijal; artist Beck; entertainment executive Larry Jenkins and journalists Simon Glickman of Hits, Shirley Halperin of Variety, Tim Ingham of Music Business Worldwide and Gail Mitchell of Billboard; Apple Music's Beats 1 host Zane Lowe and artist Sam Smith with collaborator Jimmy Napes.