5.30-31 Beth Orton Kidsticks (Anti-) Bickley Rivera Positive Vibez (Independent) Big Thief Masterpiece (Saddle Creek) Bill Evans Rise Above (Independent) Blitzen Trapper "Summer Rain" (Vagrant) Claypool Lennon Delirium Monolith Of Phobos (ATO) Classixx Faraway Reach (Innovative Leisure) Gregory Alan Isakov "Liars" (Independent) Leyla McCalla "A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey" (PIAS) Marlon Williams "I'm Lost Without You" (Dead Oceans) Monkees Good Times Nico Yaryan "You Belong To Me" (Partisan) Richard Ashcroft "These People" (Harvest/Capitol) Turnback "Five Days A Week" (Independent)
Boulder Lineup Grows; Voting In Progress More artists were added to the lineup of the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 10-13 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO last week with the announcement that Brian Fallon, Castro and Hannah Gill & The Hours will perform alongside of the already announced 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. In addition, ballots for the FMQB Triple A Conference Awards are now open.
The Discount Registration rate of only $379 is in effect through June 15 and you can register at registration.fmqb.com. The celebration starts with WFUV/New York PD Rita Houston interviewing Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz at the Keynote Interview to open the Conference on August 10. The St. Julien is almost sold out and you can reserve your room at special FMQB rates starting at only $229/night by calling (720) 406-9696 going to stjulien.com and using the group code GRPQB6. Recommended alternate lodging will be announced soon.
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.”
RHCP's Keidis Reports On Health Speaking to ET Canada, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis gave an update on his health after the band was forced to cancel two shows due to illness. "It was a painful and sad thing to have to cancel shows, we don't really do that. I'd rather play deathly ill than not at all but in this particular instance I was starting to go down to the ground," Keidis said. "I had inflammation in my guts" which combined with a recent virus and existing scar tissue from hernia operations and led to complications. "That becomes an incredibly painful situation where you get a fever and pass out," he added. The band returned to the stage on Sunday night as part of the Rock on the Range festival. The Chilis' new album The Getaway is due out June 17.
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Stone Roses Single Only-Stone Roses
Band Of Horses Why Are You OK
Adele 25 (Adele)
Andrew Bird Are You Serious
Jayhawks Paging Mr. Proust
Lake Street Dive Side Pony
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Avett Brothers True Sadness
Ben Harper & ... Call It What It Is
Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Barns Courtney Single Only-Barns Courtney