10.27-28 A. Sinclair "How Many Ways" (Dangerbird) Chase Byrne Chase Byrne (Independent) Dirty Heads "Sound Of Change" (Five Seven) Elders "Meetings Of The Waters" (Independent) Emma Donovan & The Putbacks Dawn (Independent) Jarekus Singleton "Purposely" (Alligator) Jefferson Berry Guitar On The River (Independent) Matt Hires "Hold You Up" (Rock The Cause) Steve Weinstein "Lost & Found" (Resonator)
Boulder 2015: Pre-Registration Open Last week saw the announcement of dates and the opening of pre-registration for the next FMQB Triple A Conference, August 5-8. the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO. Pre-registration is only $225 through the end of the year at registration.fmqb.com and you can now book your rooms 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 FMQB.
2014-15 Reporting Schedule The end of the year is closer than you think, so it’s time to mark your calendars with the all-important dates for 2014 reporting to end and 2015 reporting to begin. The last week that FMQB will accept airplay reports this year is the reporting week of December 8/9. After the calendar flips to 2015, we will begin accepting reports again for the reporting week of January 12/13.
Report: Ron Fair Departs Virgin Records Various media outlets are reporting that Chief Creative Officer/EVP Ron Fair has exited Virgin Records. Prior to joining the label in 2013, Fair was Chairman of Geffen Records and previously served as President of A&M Records. Fair has also held Sr. A&R positions with RCA, EMI, Island and Chrysalis Records.
Fair has produced multiple number one singles on the Top 40 and R&B charts and his recordings have won several Grammy awards, including those of Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah.
U2 Sits Down For Intimate Radio Special On Friday night, U2's Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. sat down for an interview as part of the radio special iHeartRadio Icons Live: U2, The Making Of Songs Of Innocence. The special aired on Modern Rock, Mainstream, Classic Rock and Triple A iHeartMedia stations around the country and was hosted by Rod Ryan from KTBZ (94.5 The Buzz)/Houston. The band discussed the making and inspiration of their new album as well as the decision to give it away via iTunes. While many fans, artists and music industry professionals have expressed a multitude of opinions about U2's bold move, Bono defended the decision.
"We knew it was going to be great, we knew it was going to be controversial, we saw it and see it as a great opportunity and getting your music out to 30 million people and them taking it into their lives. 30 million people have downloaded that record. That's a big deal," Bono explained. "We are very proud of what we did… and controversy? What controversy? What took Joshua Tree 30 years we did in three weeks with Songs of Innocence."
He also reiterated that the new album was a gift from Apple to its iTunes users, and U2 did not technically give it away for free. "The most important thing – no one in music places more value on music than U2, the sacramental value of music. It was not free from us, Apple paid us and that was part of this. It was a gift to reward people who paid for music, these are people on iTunes, everyone on iTunes, they pay for music. It was a wonderful and beautiful idea by Apple, a creative company, to actually thank them. We are not interested in free music, we don't run with that. I think it's one of the great things, all art inspires to the condition of music. The value of art is really important."
Meanwhile, the band will have even more new music coming out in the near future. Bono previously said in a post on U2's website that the band is "collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We'll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I've said that before…"
Lone Bellow Single Only-Lone Bellow
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Ani DiFranco Allergic to Water
Righteous Babe/Music Allies
You + Me Rose Ave.
Lucinda Williams Down Where The Spirit...
Ryan Adams Ryan Adams
Pax Am/Blue Note/Capitol
Spoon They Want My Soul
Robert Plant Lullaby and The Ceaseless...
Mike Doughty Stellar Motel
Alt-J This is All Yours
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Hypnotic Eye