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There’s a tie for the Most Added top slot, with Los Lobos and Dawes each pulling in 13 new adds. Next is Darlingside, scoring 11 adds for Birds Say. That is followed by 10 new adds for Patty Griffin’s Servant Of Love. Rounding out the list, Joe Jackson, Beirut, Foals and The Arcs each put up nine new adds to tie for the final spot.
            Just to keep it diverse, a few suggestions for the next music meeting include Jr. Jr.’s “Gone,” “Bitter Water” from The Oh Hellos and Danielle Nicole’s new full-length, Wolf Den. The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

KCSN Promotes Jeff Penfield Assistant Program Director
KCSN/Los Angeles has promoted Jeff Penfield to APD. Penfield joined the station in 2013 as Programming Manager. His previous experience includes programming positions at WERS/Boston and WSGE/Charlotte.
            Sky Daniels, KCSN GM and PD, stated, “Jeff has been a tremendous addition to the KCSN staff. He possesses strong understanding of Triple A formatics, Social Media, and web development. He brings an incredible work ethic to everything he does. He is well-deserving of this promotion.”
Penfield commented, "This is a truly exciting time to be at KCSN. With an expanding reach in Southern California and increasing passion from our listeners, I'm thrilled to help fulfill our mission of supporting musicians every day."

Triple A News Bites     
KSUT/Durango's Annual Membership Drive is underway with a goal of raising $75,000 in critical funding. The station is half way to its goal... WEZZ/Birmingham has expanded Birmingham Mountain Radio's broadcast area to include Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The station has been broadcasting on 97.3FM in that market in addition to 107.3FM in Birmingham. Since July 2013, BMR has been part of the Summit Media Group… The trailer for the new Netflix documentary on Keith Richards has been released. The film, titled Keith Richards: Under the Influence, arrives on the streaming service September 18... Elvis Costello has compiled a 38-track, 2-CD set titled Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album due out October 9, as a companion to his memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, which is out October 13. The set includes both hits and rarities including two previously-unreleased titles: "April 5th" - written and recorded with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Leventhal - and one of Costello's earliest solo recordings, "I Can't Turn It Off," from 1975. The collection also features three exclusive "audio book sketches" - that do not appear in the published memoir - and a 28-page booklet providing the complete lyrics and many unseen photographs, several of them from the MacManus family album.

Republic Records Names Mike DePippa SVP/Promotion & Artist Development, Rock
Republic Records has named Mike DePippa SVP/Promotion & Artist Development, Rock Formats announced Executive Vice President Charlie Walk.
Following eleven years at Sony Music where he most recently held the title of VP of Rock & Alternative Promotion, DePippa joins the label’s New York team, effective immediately. He will spearhead promotion and development for Rock, Alternative, and Triple A formats, working on releases from artists such as Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters And Men, James Bay, and more as well as releases from marquee Island Records artists such as Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Brandon Flowers, Incubus, and more.
            "I have had the honor to work with Mike during our tenure at Sony Music and when it comes to alternative artist development & promotion, there is no one more strategic," commented Charlie Walk. "Mike's ability to fully integrate into all areas of the company will allow us to achieve extraordinary success in a timely fashion."
“I’m extremely grateful to Monte, Avery, and Charlie for this opportunity and also look forward to working with David Massey and Island’s amazing roster of artists and executives” says DePippa.     
            “I’ve always admired the entrepreneurial spirit that Republic promotes. It really fosters the perfect environment to introduce talent into the marketplace and build careers. That prospect drives me. Charlie and I have a long history, and he’s a dynamic high-energy leader who I wanted to work for again. It’s an incredible opportunity.”
DePippa first joined Sony Music in 2004 as Director of Alternative Promotion for Epic Records. He received a promotion to Vice President of Rock & Alternative Promotion in 2007 and began handling projects for Columbia in addition to Epic during 2010. 2011 saw him move solely to Columbia. Throughout his career, he’s been instrumental to campaigns for everybody from Foster The People and The Neighborhood to Passion Pit and Hozier. He held prior posts at Elektra Records and EMI after graduating from Seton Hall University in 1995.

Jeff Castelaz Resigns As President Of Elektra Records
Veteran music industry entrepreneur and artist manager, Jeff Castelaz, has resigned as president of Elektra Records to focus exclusively on the growth of his Cast Management and ongoing charitable endeavors. Castelaz will be transitioning from Elektra on September 18 and can be reached at Cast Management beginning October 1.
            Castelaz expresses his appreciation to Atlantic Records’ Co-Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman and Co-Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald for the opportunity to have served as Elektra’s president. Castelaz oversaw all areas of Elektra’s activities by working to grow the success of existing signings and developing new talent while proudly upholding the label’s legacy of long-term development of essential artists. His impressive tenure at the helm included the successes of Fitz and the Tantrums and Saint Motel and the continued development of The Moth & The Flame, Anderson East, Kaleo and New Orleans darlings Royal Teeth, among others.
Castelaz said, "Running Elektra Records has been a dream come true. Being part of Atlantic Records Group, I've learned so much from Craig and Julie, and will forever count them as business mentors and friends. One of the lessons I've learned from them is to follow my heart – and in my heart, it’s clear to me that I can contribute most significantly by working directly with artists in a managerial role, which is why I’m choosing to focus solely on Cast."
Castelaz, whose keen sense for artist development is highly-regarded industry-wide, has played a key role in the careers of a diverse range of artists including Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, Dropkick Murphys, Sea Wolf, Eagles of Death Metal and Phoenix.

BMI Reports Record-Breaking Revenues Of Over $1 Billion
BMI, the global leader in music rights management, has announced record-breaking revenue and royalty distributions for its fiscal year ended June 30. BMI generated total revenues of $1.013 billion, the highest in the company’s history and the most public performance revenue generated for songwriters, composers and publishers by any music rights organization in the world. In addition, BMI distributed and administered $877 million to its affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, a nearly 4.5 percent increase over last year and the company’s largest distribution ever.
            BMI operates on a non-profit-making basis and returns approximately 87 percent of all revenue to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
“These are phenomenal results for BMI and underscore the value we bring to our community of songwriters, composers and publishers,” said Mike O’Neill, President and CEO, BMI. “They’re even more impressive when you consider the negative impact to our international revenues brought on by the strengthening dollar,” he added. “We will continue to work hard on behalf of the more than 700,000 affiliates we have the privilege to represent, not only to make sure they can continue to earn a living doing what they love, but also through our ongoing efforts with Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice to rewrite the rules so they make sense for today’s digital world.”
BMI’s digital revenue exceeded $100 million, the first U.S. PRO to achieve this important milestone. Digital revenue increased 65 percent over last year, which was the largest category increase for the company. Revenue sources included Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube, among many others.
Revenue from all media licensing, including radio, television and cable and satellite entertainment, also saw record levels at $484 million, with cable and satellite entertainment accounting for the largest portion of BMI’s domestic revenue for the second consecutive year.  Additionally, general licensing revenue, including license fees from bars, hotels, fitness facilities and restaurants, along with other income, achieved a record high $137 million. General licensing added more than 14,000 new businesses to its already vast portfolio.
            International revenues came in at a strong $292 million, despite significant economic challenges overseas. While down 5 percent in USD from last year, the company overcame a $28 million negative impact to international revenues caused by lower foreign exchange rates due to the strengthening dollar.
BMI processed nearly 600 billion performances, more than 500 billion of which were digital, a 25percent increase from last year. More than 1.2 million unique musical works were identified across the various digital services.
            BMI’s historic revenue performance comes in the same year the company prevailed in a groundbreaking rate-setting case against Pandora. After a nearly two-year legal battle over the value of the BMI repertoire to the streaming music giant, the court agreed that BMI’s proposed rate of 2.5 percent of Pandora’s gross revenue was the more appropriate reflection of the value of BMI’s music. Importantly, the decision established that publisher marketplace agreements can be taken into account as benchmarks when determining rates, an important step forward in valuing music today.


Mark Adams
San Francisco

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