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Ziggy Marley’s Fly Rasta gets the highest spot on the Most Added list, with 24 adds coming in. Second place is a tie between Sam Smith and David Gray, each posting 14 adds. Next is Chrissie Hynde’s Stockholm, as 11 stations make the add. Finally, Passenger puts 10 adds on the board for Whispers to round out the list.
Jack Johnson kicks off the next music meeting “Washing Dishes,” and is joined by Riley Etheridge Jr. in “Another Time, Another Place” and Sarah Jarosz with “Build Me Up From Bones.” The full list of impacting records is always found on the Available For Airplay page of the Triple A format room at FMQB.com.
           
 KPRI Partners With Birch Aquarium
KPRI/San Diego is partnering with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the annual Green Flash Concert Series. The concerts are held on the third Wednesday of the month from May through September, with start times at 5:30 to 9 p.m.
    The concerts combine live music, spectacular ocean views on the aquarium's outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Appetizers, wine and craft beers are available for purchase. Proceeds support exhibits and educational programs at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

 Triple A News Bites
Industry veteran Dave Darus has been named GM and Talent Buyer of KTAO and KLNN/Taos and the KTAOS Solar Center & Bar. You can reach Darus at dave@ktao.com and by phone at (575) 758.5826 x212 or (818) 298.8997… WXPN/Philadelphia has announced performers who will appear at the 2014 XPonential Music Festival. The event will be held at the Susquehanna Bank Center on the waterfront in Camden, NJ, Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. Artists performing include Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams, Dawes, Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts...  In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Merge Records will hold a four-day music festival, Merge 25, in Carrboro, NC. The festival begins on Wednesday, July 23, and ends on Saturday, July 26.

 Nirvana, KISS & More Enter Rock Hall Of Fame
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the event open to the public for the first time ever. The 2014 class was made up of Nirvana, KISS, Hall & Oates, The E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and more.
Gabriel was inducted as a solo artist by Coldplay's Chris Martin, who dueted with the ex- Genesis member on "Washing Of The Water." Roots drummer, Questlove, inducted his fellow Philadelphians Hall & Oates and raved about the soulful duo, who sang three of their hits. Bruce Springsteen naturally inducted his backing band, The E Street Band – which was joined by original members David Sancious and Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez for its performance – with an extensive induction that reportedly clocked in at 85 minutes, with a three-song performance and a mention of seemingly every person ever to be considered a member of the Band.
    Art Garfunkel inducted Islam, who sang three of his '70s folk-pop classics, while Glenn Frey of The Eagles inducted Ronstadt. The singer-songwriter is suffering from Parkinson's disease and unable to attend, though an all-star collection of musicians honored her, including Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow.
Longtime member of the KISS Army Tom Morello inducted the theatrical rockers, who did not perform, as the four founding members could not agree to play together. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley still tour as KISS, with two additional members wearing the makeup originated by Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. But the original members spoke together from the stage, honoring their fans and suggesting the Hall allow music fans a greater say in the nomination and voting process.
    It all led up to the induction of Nirvana. Following a speech by R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, a close friend of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Love did appear on stage with the former members of her late husband's band, despite years of bad blood between her and Dave Grohl.
    Rumors had been circulating that Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear would perform Nirvana tunes with Joan Jett fronting the band, but it turned out four different women took a turn at the mic. Jett performed Nirvana's signature hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," but Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon took over for the deeper cut "Aneurysm." St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) was on vocals for     "Lithium," while teen singer Lorde, who wasn't even born when Cobain died, closed out the evening with "All Apologies."
However, the night was not over yet for the former Nirvana members, as they reconvened at a secret, VIP show elsewhere in Brooklyn. The Saint Vitus club holds approximately 230 people, and those in attendance witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime, 19-song set that didn't wrap up until around 4 a.m. Grohl, Novoselic and Smear played songs spanning the entire Nirvana catalog, from their biggest hits to lesser known b-sides. Jett, Clark and Gordon all returned, with each musician performing multiple songs this time around. Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis also played three Nirvana songs, and John McCauley of Deer Tick (who have been known to play entire Nirvana cover sets as "Deervana" in recent years) sang multiple songs onstage as well.

 Major Labels Sue Megaupload
The RIAA has filed a lawsuit against now-defunct file sharing service Megaupload, on behalf of the major labels. The suit comes on the heels of a similar suit from the film industry. Megaupload was founded by the outspoken Kim Dotcom, who was arrested in a raid on his mansion in 2012. The suit was filed on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records.
    According to a statement on the RIAA website, the suit accuses Megaupload of "engaging in massive copyright infringement of sound recordings."
In its complaint, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, RIAA stated that Dotcom, Chief Technical Operator and co-founder Mathias Ortmann, majority shareholder Vestor Limited, and head programmer and Uploader Rewards program manager Bram van der Kolk all "willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music on the Megaupload service before they were indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on criminal charges."
    The suit itself contains a list of 87 songs from artists such as Katy Perry, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Muse and many others, as evidence of Megaupload's copyright infringement.

 BIA/Kelsey Predicts Continued Mobile Growth
U.S. mobile local advertising revenues will reach $4.5 billion in 2014, up from $2.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey. In its Annual U.S. Local Media Forecast (2013-2018), the firm projects mobile local ad revenues to more than triple over the next five years, reaching $15.7 billion in 2018.
    According to the forecast, total U.S. mobile ad spending will grow from $11.4 billion in 2014 to $30.3 billion in 2018. By the end of the forecast period, locally targeted mobile ads will represent 52 percent of overall U.S. mobile ad spending. Driving this localized share of mobile ad revenues is the adoption of mobile local advertising tactics (i.e., geo-fencing, click-to-call, click to map) by national advertisers, who currently account for most U.S. mobile ad spending, and who are expected to take advantage of increasingly available and currently undervalued mobile local ad inventory.
    "Advertiser demand will be driven by natural market forces to follow undervalued inventory," said Michael Boland, Senior Analyst/VP of Content. "Mobile advertising’s appeal includes higher performance, clearer ROI, tangible conversions and a shorter purchase funnel. These qualities of mobile content and advertising present a rare alignment between typical mobile user intent and advertisers’ stated objectives."
    National-to-local mobile marketing is a focus of BIA/Kelsey’s upcoming conference, LEADING IN LOCAL: The National Impact, which takes place May 7-9, in Atlanta. During a Day 2 session titled, "Location Targeting: The Brand Impact," publishers and advertisers will discuss the types of ad placements and localized calls to action that are most effective at engaging location-sensitive mobile users.
    BIA/Kelsey's forecast comprises various mobile ad formats, including textual search, display, video, commercial SMS and native social advertising. Search advertising currently holds the largest share, followed by display and native social ads. Search’s dominant share indexes higher within this localized segment than within the broader of U.S. mobile ad revenue total, due to the high correlation between mobile search and local user intent. There is conversely a lower percentage of localization within the display category, due to the branding (as opposed to direct response) and reach-driven objectives inherent in display campaigns (i.e., in-app ads).
    The forecast includes a breakdown of mobile local ad spending by format as follows:
•       Search (advertising applied to search queries on mobile devices) will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $10.9 billion in 2018.
•       Native social (visual and textual brand messaging merged into organic feed-based interfaces of mobile social apps such as Facebook and Twitter) will grow from $3.3 billion in 2014 to $9.9 billion in 2018.
•       Display (display advertising applied to app and mobile Web inventory) will grow from $2.4 billion in 2014 to $6.1 billion in 2018.
•       Video (rich media ad units distributed within app and mobile web inventory) will grow from $1.1 billion in 2014 to $3.1 billion in 2018.
•       SMS (commercial SMS messaging) will grow from $332 million in 2014 to $381 million in 2018.


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