Steve BarnettChairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group (CMG)Steve Barnett is the Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group (CMG), having been appointed to that position in November 2012 and charged with launching the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music after its acquisition by Universal Music Group (UMG) earlier that year. He is responsible for the overall direction and management of the company, which includes Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note Records, Harvest Records, Astralwerks, and Capitol Christian Music Group. Also under Barnett’s purview are the world-renowned Capitol Studios and Caroline: the company’s independent label services and distribution division. Capitol Music Group is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Records Tower.
After only two years at the helm of the company, Barnett propelled CMG from the #5 label group in overall industry market share to the #2 position in 2014 – its highest ranking in decades. In addition, 2014’s two top breakout stars were Capitol artists: Sam Smith and 5 Seconds Of Summer.
At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015, CMG artists and recordings were awarded 12 Grammys, marking the first time in history that one label swept the big four categories with two artists: Album Of The Year (Beck’sMorning Phase), Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year (Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”) and Best New Artist (Sam Smith). CMG had previously received an astounding 46 nominations leading up to ‘music’s biggest night.’
Artists who record for CMG labels include Ryan Adams, Bastille, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Mary J. Blige, Rosanne Cash, The Chemical Brothers, The Decemberists, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Robert Glasper Experiment, Halsey, Don Henley, Hillsong United, Norah Jones, Annie Lennox, Tori Kelly, Kem, Joe Lovano, My Morning Jacket, NeYo, Smokie Norful, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Emeli Sande’, Bob Seger, Silento’, Troye Sivan, Sam Smith, Rod Stewart and TV On The Radio, among many others.
Prior to this appointment, Barnett was Co-Chairman and COO of Columbia Records, having been at that company since December 2005 with responsibility for the overall management of that legendary label. During Barnett’s tenure there, the company’s market share rose consistently, resulting in a 50% increase in current market share (27% overall) between 2009 and 2012, and attaining the #1 slot among all labels in 2011 and 2012.
While at Columbia, the industry veteran presided over highly successful campaigns for some of music’s most important developing and established artists, including Adele, Beyoncé, John Mayer, Jack White, The Shins, One Direction, Maxwell, Foster The People, J. Cole, and Britain’s Got Talent superstar Susan Boyle. He also oversaw critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums by iconic artists such as AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Harry Connick, Jr. U.S. sales for Adele’s 21 album have surpassed 10 million, marking the first time that an album has reached the rare RIAA Diamond plateau since 2004.
Columbia’s accomplishments during Barnett’s tenure include achieving the label’s biggest first-week sales figure – more than 784,000 – with AC/DC’s Black Ice, which resulted from an innovative and exclusive deal with Wal-Mart (this was also AC/DC’s biggest debut sales week ever). This period also saw Bob Dylan score back to back #1 albums with Modern Times and Together Through Life, as well as Neil Diamond receiving his first #1 album in his storied career with the release of Home Before Dark. During this time, Barbara Streisand set the record as the only artist to achieve a #1 album in every decade from the 1960s through the 2000s, with her album, Love Is The Answer.
Barnett first joined Sony Music’s Epic Records in 1996 as Senior Vice President, International, rising to Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing for the label in 1997, then serving as Executive Vice President/ General Manager for four years after that, and rising to label President in 2004. Prior to joining Epic, Barnett was President of Hard To Handle Management, where his clients included AC/DC. He began his career in 1970 as an agent in London. He was born in on February 19, 1952 in Wolverhampton, England.
John MeglenPresident & Co-CEO, Concerts West/AEG Live
John Meglen is a founding partner and President & Co-CEO of Concerts West, the touring, exhibition and long-term strategic development arm of AEG Live, a worldwide leader in live entertainment.
A music industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, John co-founded Concerts West in September of 1998. Under John’s leadership the touring department now boasts Urban, Latin, Country, Comedy, Pop, Rock and international divisions. Recent tours include The Rolling Stones, Usher, Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, P!nk, Bon Jovi, Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, American Idols Live, Neil Diamond, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Wisin & Yandel, Julieta Venegas and many more.
John is credited with having changed the landscape of Las Vegas entertainment forever when in 2003
Concerts West/AEG Live introduced the successful resident headliner model that began with Celine Dion and her show A New Day… at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The spectacular show played a landmark five year run with 717 performances that played to nearly 3 million people.
Since A New Day… John continues to bring the world’s greatest entertainers to The Colosseum in Las Vegas including Bette Midler, Cher, Rod Stewart and his show The Hits along the triumphant return of Celine Dion. John is also credited with securing Shania Twain’s return to the stage to perform a two-year residency show that begins December 2012 titled STILL THE ONE.
AEG Live is also the exclusive promoter at the new Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Under John’s watch the venue is now upgraded and doubled in size. The new Joint re-opened in May of 2009 with an all star opening run of concerts by Paul McCartney, The Killers, Kenny Chesney and was the home to the two year run of Carlos Santana’s Supernatural Santana – A Trip Through the Hits which marked the first Rock Residency in Las Vegas.
John’s long-term approach to strategic business development in emerging markets continues in Asia and South America. John’s vision to develop untapped markets and bring world class entertainment to Asia is a reality now with the opening of both the MasterCard Center in Beijing and Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai. AEG Live’s John Meglen and AEG China are successfully promoting both artists and family shows throughout China including Beyonce, Usher and Walking With the Dinosaurs. 2010 marked AEG Live’s first full scale tour across Latin America with The Black Eyed Peas.
Prior to Concerts West, John served as the President and Founder of Pace Touring, which was sold to SFX Entertainment in 1998, where he promoted tours by Fleetwood Mac, and Michael Crawford, along with the George Strait Country Music Festivals. He also produced and promoted the successful 1997 and
1998 Ozzfest with Ozzy Osbourne, which has become an annual franchise.
From 1990 to 1996 John was Director of Touring for BCL Entertainment in Toronto where he launched tours for Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails along with Disney Symphonic Fantasy and the successful Rolling Stones’ “Steel Wheels,” Voodoo Lounge” and “Urban Jungle” tours.
John started his music industry career in Seattle, WA with more than a decade at Concerts West, Inc., the leading North American event promotion company of the time. Honing his renowned skills at Concerts West, Inc., John worked his way up to Executive Vice President on such tours as The Beach Boys, Bad Company, the Jackson’s, the Commodores, Three Dog Night, Warrant, The Moody Blues, John Denver and Neil Diamond.
In 1997, Performance Magazine named John “Promoter of the Year.” He was the recipient of the legendary “Bill Graham Award” for the Promoter of the Year in 2002.
John lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.
Frances MooreCEO, IFPI, London, UK
Frances Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of IFPI, a post she has held since July 2010. She was previously Executive Vice President of IFPI and Regional Director, Europe, leading the music industry’s representation to the European Union and coordinating strategy with national groups across the 28-member EU. A barrister, Moore has worked for more than 20 years in government relations and public affairs, representing European and US companies in the retail and electronics sector before joining IFPI in 1994.