iHeartMedia World Premieres New Single from Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton; Celebrates Usher’s New Album with Nationwide Campaign

Hosts iHeartRadio LIVE with Alec Benjamin, The Black Crowes

NEW YORK, N.Y. – February 9, 2024 – iHeartMedia recently celebrated new music and artists with World Premiere debuts and iHeartRadio LIVE shows. On February 9, Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton’s new duet “Purple Irises” had a World Premiere debut across all iHeartCountry and iHeartRadio Hot AC stations. 

Additionally, iHeartRadio celebrated Usher’s new album “Coming Home'' with a week-long promotion through the album’s release on February 9. Beginning February 5, iHeartRadio’s network of 177 Hip Hop, R&B, CHR and Rhythm CHR stations launched promos counting down to the album release. On the morning of February 8, 111 CHR and Rhythm CHR iHeartRadio stations featured a “mini mix” highlighting Usher’s biggest hits, and at midnight local time on February 9, all iHeartRadio CHR, Rhythm CHR, Hip Hop and R&B stations played the album in its entirety. On release day, iHeartRadio’s entire network of 66 Hip Hop and R&B stations participated in a national World Premiere campaign, running a 25-minute produced takeover featuring five new tracks from “Coming Home” and custom audio from Usher walking fans through the making of the album and inspiration behind the music.

On Monday, February 5, Alec Benjamin gave a stunning performance for his “iHeartRadio LIVE with Alec Benjamin” show, exclusively in Meta Horizon Worlds. He sang several of his hits, including 2018’s “If I Killed Someone For You” and “Let Me Down Slowly,” as well as the live performance of his single, “Different Kind of Beautiful.” 

Also this week, The Black Crowes performed an intimate show on Tuesday, February 6, for “iHeartRadio LIVE with The Black Crowes” in celebration of their upcoming new album “Happiness Bastards,” out March 15. They performed classics including "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," "Gone," "Twice As Hard" and "Remedy," and new songs from the album, including opening track "Bedside Manners" and current single "Wanting And Waiting." The show was streamed live at 7pm PT/10pm ET via iHeartRadio's YouTube channel, as well as on iHeartRadio's Classic Rock and Rock stations, and on the free iHeartRadio app.

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About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 500 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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