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A great reissue can still move programmers, as is the case with the reissue of My Morning Jacket’s It Still Moves, which ties The Stone Roses’ new single “All For One” with eight adds each to score Number One Most Added honors. The rest of the list is a three-way, seven add tie between BORNS, The Wind + The Wave and Blitzen Trapper
            Have a great Memorial Day Weekend after you consider Richard Ashcroft’s “These People” and “Five Days A Week” from The Turnback at your music meeting. If you need something to fill out your add list, you may also want to check out the compilation The Day of The Dead. Curated by The National, it features new cover versions of 59 songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire. Even if The Dead isn’t your cup of tea, the songs are timeless and each artist makes its contribution uniquely its own. As always, the full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.

Boulder Lineup Grows; Polls Still Open
The list of artists for the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 10-13 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO has been rolling out, and last week saw the announcement of performances from Brian Fallon, Castro and Hannah Gill & The Hours, all of whom will join Amos Lee, Band of Horses, Barns Courtney, Blind Pilot, Declan McKenna, Foy Vance, Graham Nash, Jamestown Revival, Joseph, Lake Street Dive, Moon Taxi, Norah Jones, Passenger, Paul Loren, Sara Hartman, The Record Company, The Wind + The Wave, Tom Odell and Wynonna & The Big Noise already announced. In addition, ballots for the FMQB Triple A Conference Awards can still be submitted until June 15. The Discount Registration rate of only $379 is in effect through June 15 and you can register at registration.fmqb.com and the St. Julien is almost sold out, so reserve your room at special FMQB rates starting at only $229/night now by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.

NON-COMM’s Great Gathering
The 16th Annual NON-COMMvention took place last week at WXPN/Philadelphia and World Café Live, celebrating the fine and passionate work of Triple A stations at the left end of the dial. The three-day event included compelling panels digging into issues faced by non-commercial stations, plus fantastic performances from Amos Lee, Aubrie Sellers, Band of Horses, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bonnie Raitt, Car Seat Headrest, Colvin & Earle, Corinne Bailey Rae, Darlingside, Dylan LeBlanc, Esme Patterson, Hayes Carll, Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile, Low Cut Connie, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Maybird, OJR, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, SIMO, Soul Asylum, Sunflower Bean, The Cactus Blossoms, The Jayhawks, The Head and The Heart, The Record Company, The Zombies and Yeasayer.  A big thanks to XPN’s Dan Reed, Bruce Warren and their staff, along with all the artists, labels and contributors who made this year’s NON-COMM another “can’t miss event.”

Triple A News Bites
KSUT/Durango is teaming up with festival partners and concert promoters from around the region to offer more than two dozen festival passes and concert tickets as prizes in its Festival Fund Drive... WFPK/Louisville's Waterfront Wednesdays welcomes Paul Thorn, The HowlingTongues, and Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters. Doors open at 5 p.m.  All shows are free... KNBA/Anchorage is sponsoring Salmonfest Alaska, to be held August 5-7 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairground in Ninilchik, Alaska. The Indigo Girls will headline the festival.

Columbia Records Announces Jennifer Frommer As Head of Its Creative Agency
Columbia Records has named Jennifer Frommer as SVP of its Creative Agency, overseeing brand partnerships and licensing. The announcement was made by Joel Klaiman, Columbia Records EVP/GM. Based at Columbia’s New York headquarters, Frommer will devise strategic partnerships with Columbia’s roster, focusing on creative collaborations between artists and brands, film and television licensing, and deep content integrations.
"Jennifer’s expertise in building long-term collaborative partnerships with artists, agencies, and the branding world will be a key addition to our team’s efforts," stated Klaiman. "Jennifer’s appointment expands our initiatives to magnify Columbia’s brand culture. The entire company joins me in welcoming Jennifer to Columbia."
"I want to thank Rob Stringer and Joel Klaiman for this wonderful opportunity," stated Frommer. "I believe storytelling is essential in connecting artists and brands. There is no greater narrative in music today than the diverse strength of Columbia’s innovative roster and its potential to ignite exciting new brand opportunities. I’m thrilled to be part of an elite team and look forward to a productive future ahead of us."
Frommer joins Columbia Records from Conde Nast where she was Executive Director of Talent and Special Projects. Frommer engineered award-winning campaigns with some of the world’s leading celebrities and brands, including Jaguar, Nokia, Microsoft and Chevy. Prior to that, she was SVP of Strategic Marketing and Brand Partnerships for Interscope Records, where she developed content and branding campaigns with artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Madonna, and worked with brands including Samsung, Beats, Verizon, L’Oreal and Kia.

Universal Music Forms Verve Label Group, Appoints Danny Bennett as President/CEO
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the formation of the Verve Label Group and appointed veteran industry executive Danny Bennett, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music, film and television producer, and long-time manager of his father, legendary singer Tony Bennett, as the label group’s President & CEO, effective immediately.
The Verve Label Group will be comprised of Verve and UMG’s U.S. Classical music labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and distributed label ECM. The new structure marks UMG’s continued investment in Jazz and Classical music and the company’s unwavering commitment to building upon its rich history in both genres, while also opening up new opportunities, developing global cross-over artists and delivering innovative Jazz and Classical experiences to fans.  The Jazz and Classical labels will maintain distinct A&R, marketing and promotions teams, while also leveraging UMG’s global reach to provide artists with deep resources and expertise to develop their careers.
Under Bennett’s leadership, Verve will relocate to New York, where the label was originally founded 60 years ago as home to Jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz and Billie Holiday. With his proven strategic marketing skills, Bennett will expand the awareness and reach of UMG’s historic Jazz and Classical catalogue, and develop and promote emerging artists on a global scale.
Bennett will report to Michele Anthony, Executive Vice President of UMG. Bennett and Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics for Universal Music Group, will announce shortly a President of Verve Label Group’s Classical music labels.
David Foster, one of the most successful record producers in history, who led the Verve label since 2012, has decided to return full-time to producing, and will continue to work closely with UMG’s labels and artists. Foster is currently producing albums for UMG artists Carla Bruni and Jordan Smith.
In making the announcement, Michele Anthony said, “By forming the Verve Label Group and attracting an industry veteran of Danny’s stature and expertise, Universal Music is making a strong statement about the high value we place on building on our robust jazz and classical repertoire. We are committed to growing our presence in these genres even further and creating crossover successes that deliver artists to new audiences around the world. I want to thank David for the immense creative impact he had at Verve. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we look forward to recording many more hit records with David for years to come.”
Bennett said, “Universal Music is home to the largest and most historically relevant jazz and classical recordings. It’s a tremendous honor, and I am humbled to be chosen to lead the newly formed Verve Label Group. I’m indebted to David Foster for leading the iconic Verve label and I look forward to working with him on many future productions. Additionally, I offer my profound appreciation to Lucian Grange and Michele Anthony for this amazing opportunity.”
Foster said, “I have loved every minute working with Verve’s incredibly talented roster of artists and staff. At the same time, during the last few months, as I thought about where I’m happiest, it’s in the recording studio working closely with artists on developing new material. I’m thrilled Danny is now at the helm of the Verve. The label couldn’t be in better hands and I’m looking forward to working on many more projects together.”

Spotify's Family Plan Gets An Upgrade
Spotify's Family Plan gets an upgrade an now provides families with up to six individual Spotify Premium accounts for only $14.99 a month. These numbers now match both Apple Music’s and Google Play Music’s family plans.
The upgraded Spotify Family Plan offers the same music experience as before, but now provides even more family members with access to over 30 million songs for just one low price payable on a single bill.
With the Spotify Family Plan, listeners get: 1) Separate accounts. Everyone gets their own account with their own playlists, saved music and personal recommendations. 2) Premium for everyone. Everyone on the plan gets the full Spotify Premium experience. Listen offline to more than 30 million songs. Play any song, anytime, on any device. No restrictions. No ads. 3) Better pricing. Music at your fingertips has never been cheaper for up to 6 people — all collected on a single bill.


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