Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals "Pink Balloon" (Stax/CMG) Carrie Rodriguez "Z" (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Dan Stuart with Twin Tones "Elena" (Fluff & Gravy) Dr. Dog "Bring My Baby Back" (Anti-) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "No Love Like Yours" (Community) Emmy The Great "Part Of Me" (Bella Union) Escondido "Apartment" (Kill Canyon) Fox & The Hounds Peachy Keen (Independent) Graham Nash "This Path Tonight" (Blue Castle/ADA) Heavy "Since You Been Gone" (Independent/ADA) Jennifer O'Connor "Start Right Here" (Independent) Joy Formidable "The Last Thing On My Mind" (Caroline) Julian Taylor Band "Just A Little Bit"(Independent) Maia Sharp "Underneath" (eOne) Marlon Williams "Dark Child" (Dead Oceans) Melody Rose Melody Rose (Independent) Moon Taxi "All Day All Night" (BMG) Nolaade The Love Dance (Independent) Paul Mark & The Van Dorens "Bridge To Nowhere" (Radiation) Richmond Fontaine "Trapped Out In Tulsa" (Fluff & Gravy) R.X. Bertoldi & Son Taking Back The Time (Independent) Shaman Juan Blabbermouth (Independent) Sim Ross Ohio City Songs (Independent) Simo "Long May You Sail" (Provogue) Skylar Gudasz "I'm So Happy I Could Die" (Independent) Son Little "Toes" (Anti-) Soul Asylum "Supersonic" (eOne) Victoria Canal "Unclear" (Independent) Walk The Moon "Work This Body" (RCA) Wild Nothing Life Of Pause (Captured Tracks)
Boulder Keynote Announced FMQBhas announced that Nonesuch Records President Robert Hurwitz will the subject of the Keynote Interview at the FMQB Triple A Conference, August 10-13, 2016 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, marking Triple A’s 25th trip to Boulder. WFUV/New York PD Rita Houston will spend an hour chatting with Hurwitz about his career, the evolution of Nonesuch over the decades, radio’s role in artist development, and the future of the music industry.
Early Bird Registration is now available for only $269 at registration.fmqb.com. The St. Julien is offering FMQB attendees a special rate starting at $229 per night; reserve your room at stjulien.com using the Group Code GRPQB6 or by calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB. And keep checking FMQB.com for updates on the Keynote Interview and performers.
RIAA Announces New Certification Methods The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced a new Album Award methodology for its famous Gold & Platinum Program.
Effective February 2, the RIAA will include on-demand audio and video streams and a track sale equivalent in Gold & Platinum (G&P’s) Album Award. The modernization of the program’s album rule follows a similar update made to digital single certifications in 2013, when the RIAA first added on-demand streams to its Digital Single Award. Collectively, this now means that the program’s benchmarks – 500,000 (Gold), 1,000,000 (Platinum) and 2,000,000 plus (multi-Platinum) – will count both sales and streams for single and album certifications.
"For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,” said RIAA Chairman/CEO Cary Sherman. “We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications. Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today."
After a comprehensive analysis of a variety of factors – including streaming and download consumption patterns and historical impact on the program – and also consultation with a myriad of industry colleagues, the RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. Also effective today, RIAA’s Digital Single Award ratio will be updated from 100 on-demand streams = 1 download to 150 on-demand streams = 1 download to reflect streaming’s enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set. Seventeen titles are included in the inaugural certifications for the newly expanded Album Award.
The RIAA created its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard to measure the commercial success of a sound recording. The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.
Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Paul Kantner Dies Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, passed away on Thursday at the age of 74 from multiple organ failure, following a heart attack. Kantner played guitar and sang in the long-running band, which grew out of the '60s psychedelic rock scene in the Bay Area. Kantner coincidently passed away the same day the Airplane's original female vocalist, Signe Anderson, also passed.
Kantner and guitarist/singer Marty Balin formed Jefferson Airplane in 1965, and released their debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off the following year. In 1967, after singer Grace Slick replaced Anderson, the band's sophomore record, Surrealistic Pillow, was a hit thanks to icon singles "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," and Slick's vocal power. Jefferson Airplane went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Kantner also helped found the spinoff group Jefferson Starship in the early '70s during the breakup of Jefferson Airplane, which went on to release 10 albums over the years and releasing a number of hit songs.
On Facebook, Grace Slick honored Kantner, posting a photo of the musician and simply writing, "Rest in peace my friend. Love Grace."
FMQB publisher Kal Rudman comments, "Paul Kantner’s contribution as a songwriter and electric guitarist were instrumental in making the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship major hit machines for half a century. In every incarnation, Kantner was the glue and the constant. His death leaves a great void among the pillars of the revolutionary San Francisco rock scene and thus, rock in general.
On behalf of the staff of the Friday Morning Quarterback, we send our deep condolences to the Kantner’s immediate and entire music family."
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