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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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In this journey back through a busy seven days in the music industry, we check back on Spotify's addition of a new multimedia format, the flushing of the DoJ's 100% licensing scheme, the ongoing fight over Net Neutrality, and much more. Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Format Department Of Justice’s 100%... Continue reading
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Yesterday we reported that a number of Spotify users were upset about an ad showing up in their playlists., even though they had paid for ad-free Premium service. The ad was for Spotify's own podcast, but that didn't matte. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Fortune Magazine has released its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Entertainment Companies. While there are many awards ranking companies, climbing this list is particularly meaningful since it’s determined by 4,000 entertainment executives, analysts, company directors and experts. Only one music company made the list. The Walt Disney Company... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Royalty collection platform Songtrust announced that they’ve struck an agreement with the pan-European licensing hub, ICE Services Ltd. Under the terms of the new agreement, signed with Songtrust’s parent company, Downtown, ICE will provide a range of digital licensing and back-office royalty processing services for the Songtrust and its client... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Def Leppard, one of a handful of major artists whose music was not available digitally, have licensed their catalog to both download and streaming services. Here's why it took so long. ________________________________________ Def Leppard is final available digitally. Starting today, their entire catalog is available online, both to download and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify, Apple Music and other music streamers have been eyeing high resolution streaming music as a way to charge some users more. While they consider following Tidal and Deezer's lead into Hi-Res, French streamer Qobuz, which calls itself “ the highest resolution music streaming service in the world,” is launching... Continue reading
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There is an important change being rolled out concerning how YouTube will deal with content uploaded by its users which contain artist copyrighted content, including the omission of revenue-generating ads. ________________________ Guest post from Quarterlab As part of YouTube’s updates to their YouTube Partner Program and Google Preferred programs this... Continue reading
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FRIDAY 1.19.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify is rolling out a new multimedia format, Spotlight, which adds visual layers to complement the listening experience for select me podcasts, audiobooks, news, and other audio content. Spotlight is designed to give users "deeper insight" into their favorite artists, playlists, books and publishers offering contextual visual elements including photos,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATAED] Spotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify's own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Facebook has begun testing Watch Party, a tool to which enables Groups that lets members watch and comment on videos together. Both live and prerecorded Facebook video can be included in a Watch Party. ____________________________ “As we think about video on Facebook, we’re focused on creating experiences that bring people... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud has added real-time updates for artist stats including plays, likes reposts, comments and more. It is available through a new “Today” custom view on SoundCloud Pulse and on the web. With real-time updates, SoundCloud creators can now see real-time performance stats for their track, connecting them faster to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. "It’s brilliant to see some old favorites... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the hottest tickets in music, but the cash said to be on offer for his music rights are still an eye-popping, with reported offers of up to $40 million. According to a report in Billboard, Top Dawg Entertainment, which manages Kendrick Lamar, is considering... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 1.18.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Concord Music Group has fully acquired Razor & Tie. In 2015, Concord made a major investment in the independent label, rumored at the time to be just under 50%. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. _______________________________________ Staffers at Razor & Tie were told to expect major layoffs in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand beginning February 1st. Also beginning today, local customers can pre-order an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo plus. Amazon Music Unlimited will be available through three monthly plans: the Echo Plan, offering full access to at the breakthrough... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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This year's Digital Entertainment World (DEW) will focus on "The Next Entertainment: Creativity Powered by Innovation" " and cover topics including Music Rights to Startups, VR/AR, eSports to Millennials and Content Marketing. This theme will guide all talks, discussions, meetings and presentations over the two days. Described by Hollywood insiders,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube has yet again raised the threshold that a creators and musicians must meet to make any money on the videos they post. YouTube says that the changes are designed to "prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube."... Continue reading
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Streaming is taking over music. Discovery, consumption and monetization are now all dominated by a delivery system that barely existed a decade ago. We're just starting to understand how consumers interact with streaming, what delights them, and what makes them want to dive deeper. A new MIDiA survey for LyricFind... Continue reading
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Opry Entertainment Group has promoted Gary Levy to General Manager of the Ryman Auditorium, reporting to Opry Entertainment COO Michael Guth. Levy previously served as the Ryman’s Director of Operations. • Hunter Hayes, along with his longtime management representative Dan Wise, have joined Starstruck Entertainment, led by Narvel Blackstock. •... Continue reading
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Spotify has launched a new series that spotlights independent record labels with a short Warp Records video history lesson from artist and record producer Nightmares On Wax posted on Facebook. “Lots more label stories to come,” shared Lucy Blair from Spotify's label services team. WATCH: The post also linked to... Continue reading
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Dozens of attorneys general filed a petition Tuesday challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s recent decision to roll back net neutrality rules. A coalition of major tech companies has also promised court action; and Congress appears ready to take action, as well. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals... Continue reading
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Six alleged biological children of Soul Brother No. 1 James Brown along with three grandchildren have sued his estate in federal court, claiming they were cut out of royalties by his allegedly bigamous wife. The plaintiffs are Deanna Brown-Thomas; Yamma Brown; Venisha Brown; Michael D. Brown; Nicole C. Brown; Jeanette... Continue reading
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Several startups have tried to launch crowdfunding concert services in the U.S. and failed to gain traction. But Weeshing, which has already found success in South and Central America and attracted $9 million in funding, has just entered the American market. _________________________________________ Weeshing, a concert crowdfunding platform that’s found ample... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot