×

Cumulus’ neXt2rock Competition, Helmed by John Varvatos and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, Announces Finalists

After receiving more than 1,800 entries, Cumulus Media announced today the five artists selected as finalists for its inaugural neXt2rock competition. The winner of this four-month-long project will receive a record deal with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, as well as exposure on Cumulus radio stations.

These five emerging artists will be judged in the finale by professionals including Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta; musician, songwriter and producer Desmond Child; engineer/mixer Chris Lord-Alge; Sex Pistols’ guitarist and host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” Steve Jones; Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale; and fashion designer and record label head John Varvatos.

The finale event will take place on December 12, 8 – 11 pm PT, at The Viper Room in Los Angeles., and will be streamed live at http://www.next2rock.com, starting at 7:30 pm PT. Music personality and longtime radio and TV host Matt Pinfield will host the evening’s festivities.

The five national finalists, selected by a panel of rock radio professionals, are:
*Marina City representing Chicago, IL (WKQX/WLUP)
*Ivory Black representing Kansas City, MO (KCFX/KCJK)
*Another Day Dawns representing Wilkes-Barre, PA (WBSX)
*Will Evans represnting New London, CT (WMOS)
*Migrant Motel representing Los Angeles, CA (KLOS).

Cumulus reaches over 245 million listeners weekly, and is home to many of the country’s major rock stations, including KLOS, KQRS, WLUP, KATT, WGRF and KSAN. Last week the company filed to reorganize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with $2.4 billion in debt. It has reached an agreement with 69% of its term loan holders. Cumulus’ pre-packaged restructuring agreement with lenders will reduce the company’s debt by more than $1 billion.
neXt2rock2017 is Cumulus Media’s second installment of its “Next” franchise, which was launched in 2015 with NASH Next, the country version of the competition.

Popular on Variety

More Music

  • Review: Taylor Swift Finds Giddiness, Amid

    Album Review: Taylor Swift's 'Lover'

    Sitting in a hot tub on “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch stole the sobriquet “love-ah” from the lexicon of acceptable terms of endearment — and, by golly, Taylor Swift is reaching into that oily water and stealing it back. The word doesn’t sound unctuous on her lips as she repeats it in [...]

  • Travis ScottWireless Festival, Finsbury Park, London,

    Travis Scott Surprises Fans With Netflix Documentary Reveal, Pop-Up in Houston

    Travis Scott just revealed his new Netflix documentary in the most organic way possible: a social media post to his 18.5 million followers on Instagram. The photo consisted of him holding a series of VHS tapes, which turns out to be the trailer for his forthcoming documentary on Netflix titled “Look Mom I Can Fly.” [...]

  • Beverly Hills Realtor Accused of Stealing

    Beverly Hills Realtor Accused of Stealing From Usher, Adam Lambert

    A Beverly Hills real estate agent has been arrested on charges of stealing from the homes of celebrities, including Usher, Adam Lambert and “Real Housewives” star Dorit Kemsley. Jason Emil Yaselli, 32, is accused of encouraging an accomplice, Benjamin Ackerman, to enter homes during open houses in order to steal from them. Ackerman allegedly sold [...]

  • Taylor Swift Debuts 'Lover' Video, Sings

    Taylor Swift Debuts 'Lover' Video, Sings 'Archer' During YouTube Livestream (Watch)

    Taylor Swift went live on YouTube today to talk about the inspiration behind her new album “Lover,” dropping tonight. Those who tuned into the live event on Swift’s YouTube channel were virtual attendees of the “Lover’s Lounge,” which included an acoustic performance of her already released single “The Archer,” a Q&A sesh and a behind-the-scenes [...]

  • Missy-Elliot VMA

    Missy Elliott to Drop New EP, ‘Iconology,’ Tonight

    It’s been nearly 15 years since Missy Elliott dropped her last album, and in that time she’s released a handful of songs, made some guest features, played some lconcerts, appeared alongside Katy Perry at the 2015 Super Bowl and this year she’s been voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and on Monday night she’ll [...]

  • John Janick Interscope Geffen

    And the New Interscope Records Publicity Chief Is...

    Variety has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the music business: Cara Donatto is joining Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) as its new head of publicity. She arrives at the Universal Music Group label from Atlantic Records, where she has spent nearly two decades of her career guiding public relations strategy for such artists [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content