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It’s been awhile since there has been new music from Mark Knopfler and radio was ready to get it, as Tracker tops the list with 29 adds. Next is Jose GonzalezVestiges & Claws, scoring 21 adds. Then the list moves on to Steve Earle, who celebrates his new album with The Dukes, Terraplane, by putting 19 adds on the board. There’s a new one coming from Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi, which picks up 16 adds to land in fourth place. Finally, a 15-add tie between Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield and Laura Marling rounds out the list.
            Next week sees the return of Bob Seger with his version of “California Stars,” as well as “Bright” from Echosmith, Mark Ronson’s “Daffodils” and Steve Earle with “You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had.” The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

KEXP Breaks Ground On It's New Home
KEXP/Seattle breaks ground on it’s new home on Wednesday, January 28, at the Seattle Center. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Seattle Center in the Courtyard outside the Northwest Room at the center.
A New Home construction kickoff celebration featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty, and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Sub Pop artist Rose Windows plays live at 11a.m. following the ceremony.
From Noon-2 p.m. a Ground Breaking Open House will feature a remote broadcast of The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, live music from Bass Drum of Death at 1 p.m., and public tours led by KEXP deejays, among other goodies.

Triple A News Bites
WXPN/Philadelphia has announced the first artists for the 15th annual NON-COMMvention, May 13-15 in Philadelphia. Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, The Tallest Man On Earth, Son Little and Zella Day are the first performers announced, along with NPR CEO Jarl Mohn as the subject of the NON-COMMversation. All the info is at thetop22.com… Early Bird Registration for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 5-8, 2015, is only $269 through March 15 at registration.fmqb.com. You can also book your room at the St. Julien, with the special FMQB rates starting at only $219 per night. To book rooms either click here or call (877) 303-0900 and mention FMQBKCMP/Minneapolis will honor Black History Month in February be spotlighting African American musical icons throughout history and genres. The station is asking listeners to choose the final artists who will be featured during the month... KGSR/Austin's KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 22 has been released and is on sale at various locations around the city. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the SIMS Foundation which provides mental health and addiction services to Austin musicians and their families...

Triton Digital, eXelate Develop First Streaming Audio Data Management Platform
Triton Digital has announced an exclusive partnership with independent data platform eXelate, to deliver the first-ever streaming audio Data Management Platform (DMP). The new platform will enhance the ability of ad buyers to reach their desired audiences with targeted audio campaigns via mobile or desktop.
The new DMP will make streaming mobile and desktop audio impressions smarter with its ability to track and target audiences across any device or player. Triton will combine its ability to profile listeners (on any device without the need for cookies or unique device IDs) with eXelate’s cross-platform data cloud infrastructure and insights on consumers’ online purchase intent, household demographics, and behavioral propensities. The result will be ads that are targeted and optimized across channels and devices.
“Triton and eXelate are breaking totally new ground within the programmatic audio advertising industry with the launch of the first audio-focused DMP,” said Mark Zagorski, CEO, eXelate. “This partnership is crucial for ad buyers and marketers, as it will empower them to make smarter programmatic audio ad buys and execute cross-device and multi-channel campaigns that include mobile, audio, video, and display. eXelate’s ability to capture, manage, and activate billions of data points across all channels and devices will power a highly customized ad experience for Triton’s customers and advertisers.”
“Digital audio has become an important piece of the digital advertising mix, particularly as more and more consumer attention is captured in a mobile context. Until now audio has not been available as part of a multi-channel programmatic buy,” said Mike Agovino, COO, Triton Digital. “Beginning today, digital audio can garner a larger share of the market by attracting a piece of the larger multi-channel programmatic budget.”

SFX Entertainment Names New President & COO
SFX Entertainment, Inc. today named Greg Consiglio as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Consiglio, who holds the same titles at Viggle Inc. will retain those positions as well.
In addition, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and CEO of both SFX and Viggle, announced that SFX entered into an agreement with Viggle that will significantly bolster its brand partnership, media and sponsorship capabilities. Under the agreement, SFX will take over the 25-person Revenue team of Viggle, who will now have significantly more opportunities to sell.
In addition to Consiglio, there were several other changes announced: Kevin Arrix joins SFX as EVP, and Chief Revenue Officer. He holds the same position at Viggle and will continue to do so. Tim Crowhurst will move from SFX’s President to SFX’s President and Head of Strategic Development. Ritty van Straalen will move from SFX’s COO to SFX’s President and CEO of Live Entertainment. Joe Rascoff will step down from his position as SFX’s Chairman of Live Entertainment. He will continue to serve as Vice Chairman of SFX’s Board of Directors. Chris Stephenson will leave his position as SFX’s Chief Marketing Officer to form an entertainment marketing agency that will be affiliated with SFX.
“As SFX continues to fulfill its mission of adding multiple new ways for fans of EMC to stay connected with their favorite artists, events and music by adding exciting new digital and experiential opportunities, these organizational changes add fuel to the excitement now upon us,” said Sillerman. “This will permit individuals to be hyper-focused on making sure all our constituencies are well served. The Viggle Revenue team brings an immediate new dimension, while combining the SFX inventory provides Viggle with more scale attractive to a broader base of advertisers.”

Keys Cancel Europe
The Black Keys has cancelled its upcoming European tour following the shoulder injury suffered by drummer Patrick Carney earlier in January. The duo has cancelled 17 European tour dates in February and March and are offering refunds. The Black Keys will now return to the road in Australia starting April 2.

iHeartRadio Surpasses 60 Million Registered Users
iHeartRadiohasannounced that it has surpassed 60 million registered users and also reaching nearly 90 million unique visitors across its iHeartRadio Network. Plus, the service's registered users do not account for the millions of users who listen to iHeartRadio's live radio functionality without registering, indicating that the app's total reach is even greater. These user milestones position iHeartRadio as the industry's top streaming radio app, one of the most used music apps and one of the top free downloads in app stores across all categories.
In addition, iHeartRadio's brand awareness reached 75 percent in December, up 5 percent from last year and an impressive milestone in just three years. iHeartRadio also has more than 500 million downloads of the app and nearly 80 million social media followers across the iHeartRadio Network.
"iHeartRadio's rapid expansion continues to push the boundaries of the digital radio listening experience," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks. "Our growth is a testament to the success of our continued innovation, our hard work in anticipating the needs of the connected consumer and our goal to provide listeners with the content they love anytime and anywhere, with the personalized and curated experience they crave across all their devices."
iHeartRadio's growth comes on the heels of its expanded availability across more than a dozen additional devices, announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, including first time integrations with Sony, LG and others spanning auto, in-home entertainment and gaming.


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Rob Roberts
OM/Cumulus Atlanta

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