Balthazar "Thin Walls" (PIAS) Boxcar Lilies "Papa Come Quick" (Independent) Chic Gamine Light A Match (Independent) City and Colour If I Should Go Before You (Dine Alone) Danny Pynes "Late Shift" (Independent) David Wax Museum Guesthouse (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Dioni "That Summer" (Independent) GIVERS "Record High Record Low" (Glassnote) Here We Go Magic Be Small (Secretly Canadian) HoneyHoney "Big Man" (Rounder/CMG) Jared & The Mill "Young And Dumb" (Independent) Jason Boland and the Stragglers Squelch (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Jen Houston I Was Told There Would Be Pie (Independent) Joe Louis Walker "Wade In The Water" (Provogue) Josh Ritter Sermon On The Rocks (Pytheas/Thirty Tigers) Karavan Sarai Project Woven Landscapes (Independent) King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard "Paper Mache Dream Balloon" (ATO) Line and Circle Like A Statue (Independent) Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear "Yellow Taxi" (Glassnote) Martin Sexton "Pine Away" (KTR) Mary Kaye Ride A Wide Circle (Independent) Monika Secret In The Dark (Other) Rhett Miller with Black Prairie "Kiss Me On The Fire Escape" (ATO) Tongue In Trees Parallel (Independent) Trey Anastasio "The Song" (ATO) Various Cold And Bitter Tears: The Songs Of Ted Hawkins (Independent)
KPRI Sold, Flips Format Compass Radio of San Diego, longtime owner of KPRI/San Diego, has sold the station to Educational Media Foundation, which operates radio networks specializing in Christian AC music. EMF began programming the station on Monday, September 28, with the sale expected to close in mid-January after receiving FCC approval.
“This is a step we take with mixed emotions,” says Jonathan Schwartz, Compass President and Co-Owner. “We have loved the opportunity to serve San Diego for the last two decades and we are grateful to our staff, listeners, advertisers and the San Diego community.”
Co-owner and CEO Robert Hughes, who also hosted an airshift, added, “KPRI has been a true labor of love. All I can say is I thank each and every one who has helped us create and sustain a truly amazing radio station.”
KPRI immediately exits the FMQB Triple A panel.
Former Warner Bros. Records President Livia Tortella Launches Black Box After serving select clients for the last 18 months in beta, Black Box has publicly launched. Black Box focuses on developing artists and their audience through digital branding, strategy and partnerships. Industry veteran and founder Livia Tortella created Black Box to allow managers and labels to grow artists brands while monetizing them through fan engagement.
"Our vision is to develop, attract and grow meaningful audiences for our clients," said Tortella. "The difficulty most people have is in knowing how to translate followers into fans who are going to deliver revenue. We know how to do that and make it a net positive investment."
Leading the company’s marketing initiatives is digital executive, Brian Popowitz (Warner Bros., Nettwerk). Through his new-age approach to the music business, Black Box pairs personalized marketing and the business of influence with modern services like data analysis, cross marketing and social revenue to help their clients succeed.
“The currency of the new music economy is fans,” said Popowitz, “and now that technology has caught up with the data, there is a bigger business to be had for artists.”
Black Box’s launch partners include Bill Silva Entertainment (Jason Mraz, Brooke Candy) and Zeitgeist Artist Management (Death Cab For Cutie, Best Coast).
"Black Box has been integral in driving value for our company and for our artists,” said Bill Silva of Bill Silva Entertainment. “They work with us on everything from strategy to execution, and have also been critical in our efforts to identify new opportunities that include A&R, film and TV, social and digital marketing, imaging & creative. They are a valuable collaborative extension to my team.”
“Black Box has been a huge asset for us,” said Jordan Kurland of Zeitgeist Artist Management. “Investing in their high level marketing strategy, content and branding expertise has helped us grow and perform at a higher level for our clients."
Adams Talks 1989 After Ryan Adams released a top-to-bottom cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album last week, the prolific singer/songwriter spoke to Billboard about what inspired him to take on such a task. The pair had previously hit the studio together for some sessions prior to Swift's 2012 Red album, so Adams was already a huge fan of her songwriting. Furthermore, Adams recently finished recording his own two-part record, "so that's like 23 songs of my own stuff," he explained. "I was basically pretty tired of singing and playing my own stuff, but I wanted to make music."
Adams also told Billboard that the songs on 1989 really spoke to him on a personal level. "I certainly felt everything as though it were my own experience," he said, even though some of his interpretations of the songs are drastically different than the originals.
"Where it might have been hopeful before, it might sound more filled with regret, like 'How You Get the Girl.' Or like 'Shake It Off,' like the way I read the lyrics out loud to myself, I was compelled to side more with the anxiety and the pressure of a feeling like you are the subject matter of people's conversations that maybe aren't in the best light," Adams explained. "I liked the pressure of that and wanted the music to sound like it was running away from that. That's a feeling and a place and a time that was inside the movie of my mind -- what the parallel universe of my 1989 could be."
When Adams first announced the album, Swift responded on Twitter by writing: "Ryan's music helped shape my songwriting. This is surreal and dreamlike."