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iHeartRadio Music Festival returns to Vegas in September

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Pink performs during second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012.
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The iHeartRadio Music Festival is back, returning to Las Vegas for a third year on September 20 and 21 at the MGM Grand. Featured acts in the traditionally star-studded lineup will be announced this summer.

Festival organizers Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will also once again partner with Macy’s for a second year of the iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign, a nationwide search for an emerging artist who will given the chance to perform alongside the major artists playing the festival. Fans will be able to vote online for their favorite emerging talent at iheartradio.com/RisingStar or at iheartradio.com/Macys.

“Creating pop culture events, bringing music to our fans and offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to listeners across the country is the heart of what we do,” said Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, in a statement released today. “The iHeartRadio Music Festival has become a marquee event in the music industry, showcasing exactly what iHeartRadio offers – the hottest artists and biggest names in music, all in one place."

Clear Channel will also offer fans the chance to attend the festival through its “Road to Vegas” promotion across its 850 radio stations, websites, social media platforms and, of course, its iHeartRadio digital music service. More information on ticketing and contest entry will be revealed this summer.

The 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival drew sold-out crowds to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a two-day lineup that featured acts including Rihanna, Green Day, No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige and Calvin Harris.

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