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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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From Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music to Deezer's "Ball's Up," original content is the latest way that music streamers are working to make their services unique. After a splashy announcement more than a year ago promising to do the same, Spotify is slowly, but surely, adding more original programming. _______________________________... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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Roger Waters is considering staging a performance of Pink Floyd's 1979 classic "The Wall" on the US-Mexico border as a protest against the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump. Waters has previously used the album as a protest tool, famously performing the work in Berlin in 1990 to commemorate... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 2.23.17 Music Business News From Around The Web It's hard to overstate how important the battle to reform the DMCA is for both music and tech. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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David Bowie was the only 2X winner at last night's Brit Awards, the biggest show on the UK music calendar. As usual, the evening was filled with surprises. Here are all the nominees and 2017 Brit Award Winners: ________________________ British male solo artist Craig David David Bowie – WINNER Kano... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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The Spotify Weekly Charts highlight top artists by listener along with the past week's most streamed and viral songs in the US, UK and around the world. Spotify Global Top Artists (by Listener) Rank Artist Monthly Listeners – 1 Ed Sheeran 42.18m – 2 The Chainsmokers 37.80m – 3 The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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While music download sales are clearly on the decline, don't count them out yet. According to a survey of 10,000 consumers by PayPal and SuperData, iTunes, is still the most popular music platform in the US, beating Spotify and Pandora. ______________________________ More surprising facts from the survey: 86% of music... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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"(Google and other tech companies) are enriching themselves off the artistic, cultural and economic value everyone else creates," states a concerned and upset T. Bone Burnett in a scathing 5 minute video sent to the U.S. Copyright Office. ___________________________________ Digital safe harbors are a failure and the Digital Millennium Copyright... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Jay Z has long been a player. In this case, we don't mean cheating on Beyonce. We are referring to his early stage investments in everything from Uber to JetSmarter. Now, he's working to formalize his activities as a VC by launching his own new fund. ______________________________ Jay Z is... Continue reading
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WEDNESDAY 2.22.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Go T Bone! But does the copyright reform that artist's seek stand a chance with Trump and Goodlatte at the helm? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Where should you be spending your precious time building an audience on social media? The obvious answer is wherever the fans are. But another major factor is which social media will deliver the biggest audience - not just now, but a year from now? _________________________________ Statista via Business Insider Related... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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By any yardstick, Bandcamp is on a roll. Not only is it growing rapidly, as measured by both new artist and label signups and transactions, but the indie music site also experienced an exponential jump in fan growth after it made a single, simple change. ____________________________ The number of fans... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In addition to its new 'Super Chat' feature, YouTube is also seeing a rise in the success live streaming video, although this has been a part of YouTube since 2011 the popularity of such content on Facebook, and the ability to monetize it means YouTube stands to gain greatly from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Standing behind his vow to put face-value tickets in his fans’ hands, country star Eric Church has cancelled more than 25,000 secondary market ticket orders on his current tour and released them back to the public. ____________________________ Country artist Eric Church has taken a fan-friendly stand against ticket speculators canceling... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Tuesday 2.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Despite high profile WMG and Shazam deals Vadio has all but shut down. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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CDBaby.com is back online after an outage that lasted much of the last 5 days. The indie music and musician's services company blamed a corrupt database caused during routine maintenance. _________________________________ CDBaby.com, which was unavailable to users for most of the last 5 days, is back online. Service was restored... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Sunday afternoon CDBaby.com went down during what the company says was scheduled maintenance. Almost 24 hours later, the site, an essential sales and distribution hub for tens of thousands of independent artists, was still not online. _______________________________________ Mid-day on Sunday, CDBaby.com became unaccessible because of a "database issue" which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Although it's had a rough past decade or so, things seem to be improving for the global recorded music market, with at least five different countries showing massive gains in streaming in the year 2016, according to a recent handful of data. ______________________________ Guest Post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Universal Music Publishing Group has named Rochelle Holguin to the newly-created position of Vice President of Creative Strategy. Holguin's new gig will see her with oversight of creative development and marketing for UPMG artists, songwriters and song catalog. She will collaborate with UPMG's Sync and A&R teams, as well as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Spotify joint venture Soundtrack Your Brand has raised $22 million to expand its music for business service. The round was led by Balderton Capital and Industrifonden and will be used to expand globally and evolve its service which allows business to select and play licensed music in stores and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 2.17.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Hi-Res streaming means a higher premium tier and more revenue for labels and creators. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out last night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories representing film, tv, games, advertising and trailers. ___________________________________ Guild of Music Supervisors Awards 2017 - Full List Of Winners Best Music... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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A major new chapter in the ongoing battle between Songkick and Ticketmaster unfolded this week as Songkick amended its 2015 antitrust suit lawsuit to include information and accusations that it says emerged during discovery. _________________________________ Live Nation owned Ticketmaster allegedly used an old password provided by Stephen Mead, the director... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATE: The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Federal District Court ruling. Today's decision means that there are no performance fees due on sound recordings created prior to 1972; and that there were no alternative grounds for finding against. Trade group MusicFirst called for copyright overhaul to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Songkick's Ian Hogworth apparently coined the term, but I first heard about "full stack" music companies during a webinar that PledgeMusic and DotBlockchain co-founder Benji Rogers gave for BerkleeOnline. He was referring to the rollup of PledgeMusic, Noisetrade and Set.fm into a multi-faceted artist services company. Now, Pandora's Glenn People's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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After 40 years the CMJ Chart - the only chart that measures college radio - may be gone forever. If true, its a blow both to college radio and to the many indie artists and labels that used it to launch their careers. For the last two weeks, CMJ has... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot