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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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As accuser after accuser joins the chorus revealing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's decades of misogyny, women around the world are stepping forward to share their own stories of harassment and abuse. In recent days, a growing number of women are reminding us that the music industry has its own equally... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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The common narrative is that Facebook is beating Snapchat, in part by cloning it's most popular features within the Facebook owned Instagram app. But a key demographic - American teens - clearly didn't get Mark Zuckerberg's memo. _____________________________________ Related articles 7 Instagram/Snapchat Story Rules For Musicians Instagram isn't the only... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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Ten survivors of the deadly shooting spree at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas have hit the estate of alleged gunman Stephen Paddock, as well as MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay and festival promoter Live Nation with a lawsuit alleging negligence. The litigants in the suit, all from San... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 10.18.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Alexa never sounded so good, thanks to Sonos. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Rob McDaniels, best know as the founder of pioneering digital distributor INgrooves, has been named the CEO of Beatport. McDaniels will also maintain a presence at his more recent roles as a Venture Partner for Dubai-based investment company TechInvest and co-founder of Faction Entertainment - an artist management services platform.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Universal Music Group has launched a music tech accelerator engagement network aimed at promoting the development of innovative music-based start-ups globally. Designed to support the contributions that accelerator programs provide to the global start-up ecosystem, UMG will work with entrepreneurial programs to assist in the evaluation and development of music-based... Continue reading
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When it comes to cultivating a professional online presence from which to market your music, a well designed website is absolutely essential. Here we look at some key principles to keep in mind when putting together a website for your band or artist. _______________________________________ In this latest piece from MusicThinkTank,... Continue reading
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Facebook announced that it has acquired TBH, a positive-focused anonymous polling app that has become an overnight success with teens. Facebook and its Instagram app are fighting for teen engagement and loosing so far. Launched just three months ago, TBH has gained amazing traction with the demographic that Zuckerberg &... Continue reading
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Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum. ______________________________ VNUE Inc. (OTC: VNUE), a service that records and releases live concerts, has announced the acquisition of Set.fm from direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic.... Continue reading
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Tuesday 10.17.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Playlist are the music industry's big obsession. But are new "rules" good or bad for indies? Updated continuously under our More News tab Related articles QUICK HITS: Henner Exits Live Nation - Bonnaroo Adds Hip Hop Stage - Alibaba Buys Ticketer... Continue reading
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Spotify needs to become much more than just a music streamer if its going to be ever be profitable, writes analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. And while many of the actions it is likely to take will antagonize its label partners, Spotify will be left with little choice once it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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From retail to streaming, being able to quantify the number of sales for an album or song has always been an important part measure an artist's success, but doing so accurately has always been difficult. Here we look at the RIAA's ranking of the best selling artists of all time.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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10.16.17 Music Business News From Around The Web How can creators trust tech when they still see headlines like Tech Giants Fight Pirate Crackdown? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In this cycle back through major music industry news from the past week, we revisit Spotify's kicked up revenue but continual losses, how Radiohead's In Rainbows is fairing ten years later (hint: well), Microsoft's farewell to Groove, and much more! Spotify Revenue Up 40%, But Losses Continued In First Half... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Ticketing company Songkick revealed that they plan to cease operations at the end of the month, according to a client letter from the company. _____________________________ Songkick, which allowed artists to sell tickets directly to fans, said in the letter that they plan to continue their lawsuit against Live Nation and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
Because they love the promotional push and lack the guts to give that up.
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Organizers for the 2017 American Music Awards announced the nominees for the 45th edition of the annual event, with Bruno Mars leading the charge. Mars picked up 8 AMA noms, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 10.13.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Spotify's financials are looking a bit better, but it still hard to see that they'll ever turn a profit. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Revenue at Spotify grew 40% in the first half of this year, according to a new report. Along with the gains, however, came continued losses. The numbers, which were shared privately with investors, come as the music streamer prepares for an IPO early next year. ______________________________ Revenue at Spotify grew... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube is increasingly under fire from labels and other creators upset over the size of its payments to creators. A new study reveals details of this payment gap between YouTube and every other streaming service, free or paid. ________________________________________ "Advertising supported platforms like YouTube are important to the music eco-system... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group announced the launch of Emerge, a nationwide social media-driven talent search, conducted in partnership with AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify. Emerge will seek out young artists and musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, who are residents of the U.S. or Canada,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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The free Spotify For Artists toolkit and analytics are now also available to all artists and their teams via a dedicated iOS app. Artists and their teams can now track new music as it goes live, control their presence on Spotify, and learn more about who is playing and playlisting... Continue reading
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Music rights management, publishing and label services company Kobalt has raised another $14 million, bring the total of its recent Series D round to $89 million. Bill Maris, the founder and CEO of Google ventures, will join Kobalt's board. Merlis, Hearst Entertainment, Balderton Capital and MSD Capital all participated in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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First round voting for the 2018 Grammy Awards begins next Monday October 16th; and as a reminder, the voting is only happening online for the first time. Here is a list of key Grammy 2018 dates and deadlines: ____________________________________________ Key Grammy 2018 dates: First-round voting: Oct. 16-29, 2017 Last day... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Many may not be aware that Microsoft has a streaming service all its own called Groove Music, just part of the reason the company has decided to let it go and will instead be fully embracing Spotify. Microsoft plans to halt subscription sales to Groove, and eventually phase it out... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot