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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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The most popular posts on Hypebot this week included a look at the new payout rates offered by Spotify, Apple, and YouTube, tips on surviving the music industry in 2017, how streaming is beating radio for the first time, and more. New Payout Rates Shared For Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The shift from buying music to renting/streaming it has happened more rapidly than almost anyone predicted. This chart from Statista shows the year-over-year pace as tracked by Nielsen who says audio streams were up 76%, while digital album and track sales were both down 20%. __________________________ Related articles Facebook &... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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From Chance the Rapper’s indie release "Coloring Book" to some of the buzziest genre tags including #TRAPSOUL and #phonk, SoundCloud continue to be a hub of creativity and often a predictor of future musical trends. _______________________________ These insights were compiled based on indicators and actions you’ve taken on SoundCloud including... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The Americana Music Association's Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. Here is this week's chart: ____________________ For week of Monday, January 16, 2017 Rank Spins 2W LW TW ARTIST... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Indie band The Slants took their trademark fight to the Supreme Court this week. Despite being together for more than a decade, the group has been unable to get their name registered as a federal trademark because the U.S. trademark office views it as offensive. ______________________________ After The Slants went... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Friday 1.20.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Does the Music Messenger logo (left) represent $30 million just flying away? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music industry advocacy group MusicFirst has sent an open letter to Congress setting out their legislative priorities. Members of the coalition include the Recording Academy, the RIAA and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). Broadcast radio, copyright law and statutory rates are all covered in an open letter to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora, YouTube and Spotify combined to capture 72% of all streaming music listening in 2016. And for the first time ever, enjoying music via streaming was more popular than listening to music on the radio, according to a new MusicWatch survey. ______________________________ Pandora continued to be the most listened to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Bryan Mead has been named SVP Artist and Label Relations at PledgeMusic. He will lead the New York headquartered company’s west coast team. ________________________________ Previously, Mead served as INgrooves Music Group’s Senior Vice President, Label Services and Marketing and was a founding member of Universal Music Group’s Fontana Distribution executive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Live Nation has joined a growing list of companies such as Fidelity and PriceWaterhouseCooper helping its employees to pay down student debt. According to USA Today, Live Nation has begun working with tech startup Tuition.io to oversee the program, that will see Live Nation match employee contributions to pay off... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Apple's Garageband and the many digital audio toolkits that followed helped revolutionized the music industry by offering affordable and usable music creation and recording tools. This week, Apple pushed out a major update to both of its top audio software offerings. ______________________________ Apple has launched major updates to its music... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Former Beatle Paul McCartney filled a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing in federal court in New York on Wednesday, hoping to reclaim the ownership of 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired in 1985. ____________________________ More than two decades ago, Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for the publishing rights 267... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Veteran label executive Gregg Nadel has been named as President of Atlantic Record Group's Elektra Records. Nadel, who has been General Manager of Elektra for the past two years, is a twenty-year veteran of the Atlantic records team and most recently served as General Manager of Elektra, stepping in after... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
Don't you think its too late for that? Wouldn't drive fans back to piracy?
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Thursday 1.19.16 Music Business News From Around The Web I guess, why not? But Apple Music adding CBS Sports feels more like a strange distraction than a smart add-on. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
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Abbey Road Red Incubator graduate CloudBounce, an instant digital audio mastering service, has raised a $250,000 seed round. Investors in this round include UK-based VC Ascension Ventures, and a group of Finnish business angels. CloudBounce offers instant feedback on an audio track using AI. The (artificially) intelligent machine, unlike Shazam... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 1.18.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Facebook is still committed to video, but its strategies are - as usual - confusing and shifting rapidly. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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It's been a dirty little secret of the music business for decades. Some artists' teams skim the best tickets and profit from reselling them on the secondary market. Now we're closer to getting proof, as Robbie Williams’ management team is accused of reselling them for $79 above face value. _______________________________... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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French performance rights organization Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacam) announced that they are partnering with technology giant IBM in a 10-year bid to develop URights, a cloud-based copyright platform designed to track and collect on online music for creators and publishers. URights aims to leverage cloud... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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CD Baby is partnering with Music Gateway and its newly launched Sync Portal which allows 300+ global advertising agencies and 700 music supervisors to easily license tracks from CD Baby’s sync catalog of 2 million songs film, TV, commercials and video games. _______________________________ A new CD Baby and Music Gateway... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify, YouTube and other music streamers are locked in tough re-negotiations with the major labels. But for Spotify, the stakes are the highest. The largest music streamer, which loses millions of dollars quarterly, is planning an IPO this year. __________________________________ Spotify's latest offer to record labels marks an almost 14%... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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At least five people were killed and 15 wounded in a shooting during the closing hours of the BPM electronic music festival at the Mexican coastal resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, police said. According to the Associated Press, Mexican authorities do not believe the incident was related to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In an age where piracy is commonplace, using legal tools to combat it has proved largely ineffective. A new study suggests that publishers are better off connecting with fans and providing them with a compelling reason to purchase music instead. ________________________ Guest Post by Timothy Geigner on Techdirt We have... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot