Arkells "My Heart's Always Yours" (eOne) Bonobo "No Reason" (Ninja Tune) Brent Cobb "Black Crow" (Atlantic) Chicano Batman "Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)" (ATO) Dave Moisan "Heavyweight" (Independent) Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men "Don't Do It" (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Elbow "Magnificent (She Says)" (Concord/CMG) Emel "Ensen Dhaif" (Partisan) Jo Harman "When We Were Young" (Independent) Jocelyn & Chris Arndt 30,000 Miles (Independent) John Wesley Coleman III Microwave Dreams (Independent) Judith Owen "Somebody's Child" (Twanky) Karney Restless Wind (Independent) Keller Williams' Kwahtro Sync (Independent) Lindsey Stirling "Hold My Heart" (Independent) Linq Time To Draw The Line (Independent) Mavericks "Brand New Day" (Independent/Thirty Tigers) McCruddens "15 Seconds" (Independent) Mulochs "You & Me" (Innovative Leisure) Orwells "They Put A Body In The Bayou" (Cavasback/Atlantic) Pegi Young & The Survivors "Trying To Live My Life Without You" (Independent) Robert Randolph & The Family Band "Love Do What It Do" (Sony Masterworks) Rose Cousins "Freedom" (Independent) Silver Lake 66 Let Go Or Be Dragged (Independent) Sting "One Fine Day" (Interscope) Strand of Oaks "Radio Kids" (Dead Oceans) Transona Five Transona Five (Independent) Whitney RoseSouth Texas Suite (Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers) Wild Adriatic "Come Back Baby" (Independent)
Pinfield Takes Leave from KFOG KFOG/San Francisco morning show host Matt Pinfield announced that he will take time off to address his drinking problem. PD Brian Schock has stated he and the station are fully behind Pinfield's taking the time he needs to find help via rehab and anything else he needs to address the problem.
While Pinfield is gone, Schock and Alicia Tyler will continue with the KFOG Morning Show along with producer Arthur Ballesteros. Pinfield is also the author of a new book titled All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.
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Pandora To Exceed Q4 2016 Guidance, Citing Subscription Momentum and RPM Growth Pandora has announced it expects to exceed previously announced Q4 2016 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance ranges given strong advertising performance and has surpassed 4.3 million in paid subscription customers.
“During the fourth quarter, we accelerated our core advertising business, increased advertising RPM and saw strong improvements in adjusted EBITDA,” said Tim Westergren, CEO of Pandora. “Now, with all of the elements of our strategy in place, we are in the best position possible to expand our listener base, drive engagement and deliver significant value to all of our stakeholders.”
As a result of its direct deals with music labels and publishers, Pandora introduced Pandora Plus along with new features and functionality on its ad-supported tier to listeners at the end of the third quarter. By the end of December 2016, the product generated more than 375,000 net new subscribers.
“The initial response from both new and existing listeners to the enhancements on the service is extremely encouraging,” Westergren continues. “This excitement and engagement bodes well for the introduction of Pandora Premium later this quarter.”
Pandora is also undertaking operational efficiency measures to reduce overall operating costs in 2017. It plans to reduce its U.S. employee base (excluding Ticketfly) by approximately 7 percent by the end of Q1 2017. Additionally, the company is leveraging its analytics platform and ad insertion logic to drive additional revenue and realize leverage in content costs. Taken together, these measures are designed to ensure the company can execute on its core strategic initiatives without additional capital and enable further investments in product innovation to drive advertising revenue and subscription growth.
“2016 was a year of significant investment for Pandora. In 2017, we will manage the business toward full year adjusted EBITDA profitability,” said Westergren. “While making workforce reductions is always a difficult decision, the commitment to cost discipline will allow us to invest more heavily in product development and monetization and build on the foundations of our strategic investments.” Fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results were released on Thursday, February 9.
Ed Sheeran Releases Two New Singles Ed Sheeran has released a pair of new singles, "Shape Of You" and "Castle On The Hill." Both tracks - out on Atlantic Records - are available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners.
In a statement, Sheeran commented, "Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back."
Sheeran announced that he would be releasing new music and began teasing an album that is rumored to be called ÷ (or "Divide").