Lava Records is an American-based record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operated through Republic Records. Lava was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Atlantic Records and Jason Flom, who began his career with Atlantic Records.
A 2003 feature in The New Yorker called Flom, “One of the most successful record men of the past 20 years, ‘known for his “specialty [in] delivering ‘monsters’.”
One of the most accomplished A&R people in the music industry, in his early careerFlom was responsible for signing such artists as Zebra, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, White Lion, and Tori Amos, as well as helping launch the careers of Stone Temple Pilots and Collective Soul.
Since Lava’s inception, among the artists the label has brought to prominence are Authority Zero, Kid Rock, Antigone Rising, Matchbox Twenty, Porcupine Tree, Skillet, Smile Empty Soul, Sugar Ray, The Corrs, Uncle Kracker, Vanessa Williams, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Simple Plan.
As a teenager,Flom played guitar in rock bands in New York. He began his career at Atlantic Records as a field merchandiser, and moved into the A&R department under Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun. After signing rock artists including Twisted Sister, Skid Row, White Lion, Stone Temple Pilots and Tori Amos, Flom soon became Atlantic’s head of A&R, where he was mentored by Doug Morris.
Flom’s leadership in A&R included breaking new artists, like Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish and Collective Soul. In 1995 he founded his own label, Lava Records in partnership with Atlantic.
In 2005 Flom sold Lava Records to Atlantic, and was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group. In the first year of Flom’s tenure, five albums released by Atlantic Records entered the The Billboard Top 200 charts within the Top 5.
Flom departed Atlantic in 2005 after the Warner Music Group became a publicly traded company. Thereafter, Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2005. Following the merger of Virgin Records and its sister label, Capitol Records in 2007, Flom was appointed as the Chairman and CEO at the top of the newly formed Capitol Music Group.
While leading the Capitol Music Group, Flom worked with artists including Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones.
He also signed Katy Perry, and oversaw the recording of her debut album One of the Boys which sold more than 5 million albums and singles worldwide.
In mid-2013, Lava Records sign Lorde. She released her debut single “Royals” and it became an international crossover hit, peaking atop the USBillboard Hot 100 and eventually made Lorde the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number-one single since 1987. In 2013, Lorde was named among Time ’s most influential teenagers in the world, and in the following year, she made her way into Forbes ’s “30 Under 30″ list. At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Lorde received two Grammy Awards for her single “Royals” in the categories Best Pop Solo Performance andSong of the Year. She has also achieved two Billboard Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Awards and three World Music Awards.
After topping the charts in nineteen countries including the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and New Zealand, with the song “Price Tag“, Jesse J released her début album, Who You Are, which charted at number two in the UK. Other releases from the album included “Nobody’s Perfect“, “Who’s Laughing Now” and “Who You Are“, which all charted within the top 20 in the UK. Release of the fifth single, “Domino“, resulted in further international chart success, peaking at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her second UK number one. The seventh single released from Who You Are, “LaserLight“, became the album’s sixth top ten single, making her the first British female artist to have six top ten singles from a studio album. Her second album, Alive, was released on 23 September 2013 and reached the top 5 in the UK Albums Chart.
Flom serves as a board member for various charitable organizations. These include The Innocence Project of which he is a founding board member–Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center and The Drug Policy Alliance (a division of George Soros’ Open Society Institute). In addition, Flom has supported various medical research organizations including The T.J. Martell Foundation and City of Hope. He was honored by the UJA Federation as their first “Music Visionary of the Year” in 2000, was awarded 1999′s “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union and was the honoree at the 2009 Innocence Project Gala.