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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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[UPDATE 2] The centerpiece of today's Spotify web upgrade is a Lyrics button that delivers lyrics from MusixMatch scrolling across the screen karaoke style. (see video below) But the new feature may place Spotify in violation of U.S. copyright law, according to Joseph C Vangieri, CEO of karaoke provider DigiTrax.... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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U2's automatic installation of "Songs of Innocence" may have had Apple customers throwing temper tantrums, but a recent study presents data that suggests 95% of iOS users who listened to U2 in the month of January sampled songs from the new album. Apple users didn't choke back their disdain for... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Income from streaming music has passed downloads in 24 countries, according to a new study by independent music conglomerate [PIAS]. Increasingly, that trend is extending to key music markets. "We’ve now started to see streaming income overtake downloads in key markets. France is a prime example – it overtook downloads... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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As we reported yesterday, international recording industry trade body IFPI has declared that by summer Friday at 12.01 AM will be the new official date and time for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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Thursday 2.26.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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Austin, NYC, and Los Angeles are just a few of the well known music cities, but there are several more flying under the radar you might want to keep an eye on in 2015. Guest Post by C.S. Jones on Sonicbids Blog Whenever someone mentions music cities, the ensuing discussion... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Spotify today launched a major upgrade to its desktop app. Despite a trend towards more mobile listening, the desktop remains one of Spotify's most important platforms. Today's major update of the Spotify desktop app brings lyrics provided by Musixmatch tho the forefront. Accessible via a new Lyrics button located next... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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Let the bidding wars begin! The CEO of SFX has offered to take the EDM giant private. Today's move is likely to set off a bidding war that includes Live Nation and others. Controversial SFX Entertainment CEO Robert Sillerman has made an offer to take the electronic dance music conglomerate... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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PIZICATO is a newly launched digital donation website connecting fans with their favorite musicians, enabling them to send untaxed donations to help compensate artists by directly funding the music they love. A play on a technique string players use to pluck the string instead of traditional bowing, PIZICATO aims to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Cell phone overuse at concerts is as annoying for musicians as it is for the other fans. To combat the trend, Marky Ramone as created the Smartphone Swatter and shares his tips for for using it in this video. Related articles Don't Ask How to Succeed YouTube's Offer To Musicians... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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For the third consecutive year, BET Networks and AEG are partnering to bring BET Experience to L.A. LIVE June 25 – 28, 2015. A four day event, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a plethora of music and comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the free Fan Festival.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Which day of the week new music is released on varies from country to country, leading to confusion and some say to more piracy. But getting everyone to agree has not been easy, and some retailers may use it as an excuse to stop selling music altogether. Global music trade... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 2.25.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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[UPDATE 2] With billions in the bank, a court ordered payout of $533 million is a very survivable hit for Apple. But the underlying question remains. Did Apple really create all of the tech upon which Job's built his empire or are patent trolls just trying to extract ransom? A... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Rob Wells, Universal Music’s President Of Global Digital Business, resigned suddenly late yesterday after 15 years with the company. We have the full text of his exit letter to the UMG team. As Universal Music’s President Of Global Digital Business, Rob Wells was one of digital musics' most visible figures.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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More than 120 shareholders in Aspiro have joined together to challenge Jay Z's $56 million bid to acquire the company's two streaming music services WiMP and high definition music channel Tidal. A group of 120 Aspiro shareholders are banning together to challenge Jay Z's $56 million bid to buy streaming... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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BMI, Pandora, Snapchat and Freeplay Music vs. YouTube are featured in this week's music publishing news roundup. The BMI vs. Pandora court battle continues this week in New York City. As these two entities duke it out, the Department of Justice is reviewing requests from PRO’s and music publishers to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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A federal court in Maryland ruled in favor of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LYV) and dismissed all claims in a lawsuit filed in 2009 by indie promoter Seth Hurwitz' It's My Party, Inc., and It's My Amphitheatre, Inc. The lawsuit alleged violations of federal and state antitrust laws. The lawsuit argued... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 2.24 .2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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A new Billboard expose uses court filings to offer a look inside the messy 2012 split between TuneCore and two of its founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells. During the weeks following, Price and Wells maintained that they had been treated unfairly; while Tunecore and its investors remained steadfastly silent.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Last week we learned that Apple had hired top rated BBC One Radio DJ Zane Lowe for some kind of music curation post at a retooled iTunes. Now comes word that Apple is hiring more music journalists. In a help wanted ad first spotted by Music Ally, Apple is looking... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Newly launched GigCave offers a simple but potentially powerful mashup of two important services for musicians - a free electronic press kit and paid professional mentoring. On the GigCave platform , musicians can create, manage and host a free electronic press kit where music industry gatekeepers - live music bookers,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Ashley Tabor’s UK-based Global, The Media And Entertainment Group, has launched a new division in the US to be helmed by former longtime AEG Live chief Randy Phillips. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content and entertainment company, which maintains offices in London and Los Angeles, will include touring, label, publishing, artist management,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Live touring trade magazine Pollstar named its 2015 Concert Industry Awards winners during a ceremony Saturday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The full list of winners: Major Tour Of The Year – Paul McCartney Most Creative Stage Production – Katy Perry Comedy Tour Of The Year – Dave... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 2.23.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot