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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Confused about the best ways to release music online? From selling direct to fans, to selling on stores like iTunes and Amazon, there are many options. But getting your music up for sale is the easy part. The key is to have a strategy for where your music goes up... Continue reading
Posted 53 minutes ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Indie music powerhouse Concord Music continues its buying streak with this acquisition of the Savoy Label Group. Details of the deal were not disclosed. In June, Concord acquired music publisher Imagem at a record breaking price reported to be between $500 million and $600 million. The combined companies create... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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To make sharing easier for both paid and freemium users, Spotify has launched its own Facebook iMessage app which allows users to search for, share and send tracks and playlists from Spotify's library of 40 million songs. _________________________ In an effort to make sharing music on Spotify easier, the platform... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 9.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web I guess that streaming music thing really isn't just a fad.... Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at hypebot
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President Trump has forced the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico; and included in that negotiation are important copyright and intellectual property provisions. Recently, major tech groups lobbied U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer as the “new faces of the American content industry.” Not... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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YouTube is still the world's most popular streaming music service, according to tracking from the analysts at MIDiA. But Spotify is growing at such a clip that it might be able to close the gap. In fact, in the UK, Spotify surpassed YouTube for music among Gen Z's 16-19 year... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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"Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives" debuts on Apple Music on Oct. 3rd after a limited theatrical release beginning this weekend. Director Chris Perkel based the biopic on Davis' 2013 best-selling autobiography "Man with the Golden Ears” which traces his rise to one of the most successful music moguls... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Warner Music UK is strengthening its management team with the promotion of two senior executives. Peter Breeden becomes Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his existing duties as Chief Financial Officer. Mel Fox has been promoted to Chief Transformation Officer. Breeden steps into a broader operational role, with the Commercial... Continue reading
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As America's demographics shift, so too do its music consumption habits, and it looks as though Latin music could be coming out on top, despite what some might assume to be language and cultural barriers. ___________________________ Guest post from the Pandora Blog by Marcos Juarez, Head of Latin Music Programming... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Patreon announced yesterday that it had raised an additional $60 Million to expand its fan-to-creator patronage site. Now Google's YouTube is gunning for the startup, which has become a popular revenue tool for many of its creators, with it's own Patraon-like fan "sponsorship" tools. Based on old-school patronage, Patreon enables... Continue reading
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Wednesday 9.20.17 Music Business News From Around The Web IFPI report shows audio streaming up 11%, but the YouTube value gap remains. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Patreon has raised an additional $60Million to expand its fan-to-creator patronage site. The popular platform is led by entrepreneur and musician Jack Conte, half of the duo Pomplamoose. __________________________________________ Jack Conte Patreon has raised an additional $60 million in a round led by Thrive Capital along with returning investors Index,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube's Global Head Of Music, Lyor Cohen, is known for speaking his mind. So when the former label exec sat down for a keynote interview at the 2017 Music Matters summit in Singapore, people listened. He did not disappoint. "This business is entering a golden age" "There’s so much opportunity... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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After waiting months for the vinyl release of Beyoncé's "Lemonade," fans got quite a surprise. "Uphill Battle", an album by Canadian punk band Zex was pressed on to the lemon-yellow vinyl instead of Beyoncé's "Lemonade" tracks. ______________________________________________ ZEX “Human error” at the Celebrate Records vinyl plant in Germany, placed Uphill... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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We're just back from a wonderfully productive Americanafest conference filled with incredible music. Despite the fact that they must be more tired than I'll ever be, the folks at Americana Music Association Association have compiled this week's Americana chart. Archive Americana Playlist for week of Monday, September 18, 2017 Rank... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music video augmented reality app Bling.ly has shut down, after acquisition talks fell through. Originally launched as Chosen by former MOG and Beats CEO David Hyman, the music tech startup had raised $10 million to date. _______________________________________________________ David Hyman Serial music tech entrepreneur David Hyman's latest project, Blin.gy has shut... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad users will be able to update their devices to iOS 11. It's a major update that adds augmented reality, improved images in Photos and Camera, a more useful Siri and a redesigned App Store. It also adds new options for music sharing, but they are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Concert fans in St. Louis suffered a double disappointment last weekend after both singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Irish rock band U2 canceled planned performances in the city due to violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man. Ed Sheeran... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 9.19.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Canadian punk band Zex gets a boost to thanks to a pressing plant switcheroo. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Former ABBA keyboardist Benny Andersson revealed that the group is planning to reunite, at least as digital avatars, for a possible tour in 2019. Andersson teased the news while he was promoting Piano, his latest solo piano album and said the project would feature the form members of ABBA in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Each week Pandora dives into the data to share how new releases are reacting across the music streamer. New releases this week included: Big & Rich, Björk, Eric Church, Foo Fighters, Gucci Mane, Lorde, Meek Mill, Midland, Montgomery Gentry, Nick Jonas, Nine Inch Nails, Sara Bareilles, Sia, The Killers, Toni... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] The state of indie rock? Always up for debate. The state of indie rock at Pandora? Never been better, says the music streamer's Glenn Peoples, who took a deep dive into the data. ______________________________________ By Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora Lord Huron, a folky four-piece that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Ed Meehan, the CEO of Wonderful Union, joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Music Biz podcast. Over the last 10 years, Wonderful Union has explored new possibilities within the field of fan engagement and community development, VIP ticketing initiatives, fan club management, direct-to-consumer merchandising (DTC) and content... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Iconic music and political magazine Rolling Stone is for sale. Founded by Jann Wenner in 1967, Wenner Media sold a 49% stake to Singapore's Bandland Technologies in 2016. Wenner has retained Methuselah Advisors to find and filter “strategic options for its majority interest in Rolling Stone to best position the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Indie rock label Triple Crown Records has signed a distribution deal with The Orchard. Founded by Fred Feldman in 1997 and based in New York City, Triple Crown is responsible for uncovering several seminal acts during its twenty year history. The label's roster currently includes Smidley, and Free Throw, as... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot