LAVA Records is an American-based record label founded by music executive Jason Flom who is credited with an exceptional A&R track record and decades-long string of multi-platinum albums from artists such as Lorde, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Sugar Ray, Kid Rock, Tori Amos, Matchbox 20, and Twisted Sister. The New Yorker described him as “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years. Flom’s specialty is delivering ‘monsters’ — records that sell millions of copies and become rainmakers for everyone else because they bring fans into the music stores.” Over the course of his career, Jason Flom served as the CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group.
During his early career at Atlantic Records, Flom was responsible for signing artists such as Zebra, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, White Lion, and Tori Amos. He soon became the Head of A&R, where he was mentored by Doug Morris and Ahmet Ertegun and signed new artists Jewel, Collective Soul, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Stone Temple Pilots.
In 1995 he founded Lava Records as a joint venture with Atlantic Records, which soon turned out to be one of the most successful startups in music business history. During the label’s eight-year partnership with Atlantic, Flom signed artists including Matchbox 20, The Corrs, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Kid Rock.
In 2005 Flom sold Lava Records to Atlantic and was appointed Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records Group. Indeed, during Flom’s tenure at Atlantic the artists he discovered and developed as CEO have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. Thereafter, Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2006. He signed Katy Perry and oversaw the recording of her debut album, One of the Boys. In 2008 Flom was appointed Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, and Joss Stone.
In 2009 Flom reclaimed Lava Records and formed a partnership with Republic Records. In 2011 he signed Jessie J. After releasing her debut album WHO YOU ARE, Jessie J became the first British female artist to have six Top 10 singles from one studio album and has sold over 5 million albums and 23 million singles worldwide.
In mid-2013 Flom signed Lorde to Lava Records. Her debut single “Royals” held #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks and is the biggest alternative radio hit in history by a female artist. “Royals” won two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Lorde was described as “one of the most influential teenagers in the world” by Time Magazine and named in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2014.
Outside of the music industry, Flom is known for his philanthropy. As a Founding Member of The Innocence Project and serving on the boards of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, The Drug Policy Alliance, and The Flom Foundation, he has demonstrated his commitment to organizing and educating the public about their constitutional rights during police encounters. 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 “Music Visionary of the Year” in 2000 and was awarded with the “Torch of Liberty” by the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 2015 Flom extended himself to finding new talent in the fashion world and became partners with designer Christian Benner. Christian Benner is known for his one-of-a-kind custom leather jackets and distressed t-shirts featuring musical acts that invoke an iconic rock ’n’ roll feel. Christian Benner Custom is stirring great interest in today’s top entertainers for public appearances, live performances, and photo shoots, and can be seen on the likes of Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Jared Leto, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, The Rascall Flatts, Brandon Boyd, Jimmy Gnecco, Taylor Momsen, and Machine Gun Kelly.