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ADE 2016: Def Jam CEO to keynote at ADE Pro

In a keynote Q&A Steve Bartels will be discussing the power of artist-friendly A&R, and where he expects to see new business opportunities arising.

After recent announcements covering Daniel Miller’s Creative Keynote, Molly Neuman’s Kickstarter Keynote, the introduction of ADE Live, ADE University's expanded offer and a trio of top producers, the latest confirmed Keynote Q&A will feature Steve Bartels.

Steve Bartels
After beginning his career as a DJ in the 1980s, Bartels was named CEO, Def Jam Recordings in April 2014, the same year in which the iconic imprint returned to its roots as a standalone label within the Universal Music Group. During his 30 years in the business, Bartels is widely credited with being the driving force behind some of the most successful new artist campaigns and records of the last three decades. 

He has always worked closely with his artists, developing and promoting such diverse talent as Kanye West, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Avicii, Mariah Carey, Outkast, Big Sean, Janet Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Amy Grant, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, The Killers, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Jeezy, Sting, Avril Lavigne, Bon Jovi, NAS, Annie Lennox, Santana, Usher, Barry Manilow, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, Frank Ocean, Jhene Aiko, YG, Afrojack and Iggy Azalea, to name just a few.

Date, time and venue for Bartels' keynote Q&A to be announced.

ADE's 5-Day conference tickets are available here.

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