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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Record label Prospect Park sued its band Five Finger Death Punch this week, alleging breach of contract and claiming that the group started working on a new album and refused to provide masters to the label for a planned greatest hits collection. _____________________________________________ According to Billboard, Five Finger Death Punch,... Continue reading
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YouTube has recently come under fire from labels and some in the music community both for its Content ID system and the size of payments to creators. Now, a top YouTube exec is pushing back with a rebuttal that offers Google's point of view. __________________________________________ By Christophe Muller, Head of... Continue reading
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Have you released a great music video in the last year? Enter the Radar Awards and it could win guaranteed exposure. Held at YouTube studios in London in July, the Radar Awards will reward the best videos from up and coming, non-mainstream acts worldwide. If the artist has not charted... Continue reading
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Although Apple's quarterly revenue streak was recently broken, a bump in Apple Music subscribers offered one bright spot in an otherwise grim report, suggesting Apple may finally be creating some perceived value in its music, even as Spotify loses ground. _____________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes As reported... Continue reading
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Neil Young is often held up as the rare major artist that is always true to his values, whatever the commercial consequences. Apparently, Young's moral backbone does not extend to his espoused hatred of streaming music. Last July, Neil Young yanked his music off of Spotify and other streaming music... Continue reading
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Music startup showcase Midemlab has named its 2016 class. It includes Revelator and Stagelink, who have been on my watch list and new discoveries Tracklib, Ikonfete and KLANG that show real promise. ________________________________________________ Music startup showcase Midemlab is part of the Midem music industry tradeshow, which takes place in Cannes,... Continue reading
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Friday 4.29.2016 Music Business News From Around The Web Tim Westergren got some breathing room yesterday as he works to retool the streaming giant. Updated continuously under our More News tab. Continue reading
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Pandora is working on an Rdio-powered interactive streaming service. But until that launches, the music streamer is all about personalized non-inactive streaming; and a new ad, "The Next Song Matters," celebrates the surprises and joys of lean back music discovery. WATCH: Last year's ad in the series Related articles Rdio... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Beyoncé “Lemonade”currently the #1 album on the BuzzAngle Music Album Project mid-week chart April 22 - 26 with 439,830 album project units, including 375K album sales. Prince has six titles in the top 10. Here is the full mid-week chart: _________________________________ BuzzAngle Music Album Project Week-to-Date Chart – through Tuesday... Continue reading
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Want to know where to find your fans? “Today, people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger…and that doesn’t count WhatsApp,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during an earnings call yesterday. To clarify, that 50 minutes is an average among people... Continue reading
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A Minnesota judge has assigned a special administrator to oversee Prince's estate while the case is resolved in court. District court Judge Kevin Eide appointed Prince's longtime bank, Bremer Trust to secure and preserve the estate until an executor, is appointed. The appointment comes after Prince's sister earlier this week... Continue reading
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Pandora owned Ticketfly has scored two big wins in NYC: The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge. They join 200 venues and promoters who have switched from Ticketmaster. Continue reading
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Warner/Chappell Music has been named ASCAP's Music Publisher of the Year 2016, it was announced at last night’s 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. In addition, Ryan McMahon and Benjamin Berger of WCM songwriting trio Captain Cuts were honored with the “Song of the Year” award for co-writing Walk the... Continue reading
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Porto and London based music tech startup Musikki, has just raised $1 million USD from Portugal Ventures, the biggest venture capital fund in Portugal. Musikki ,which provides B2C and B2B services for the music industry has also launched a new image service, Exclusiph. ______________________________________________ Musikki has launched Exclusiph, an image... Continue reading
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Thursday 4.28.2016 Music Business News From Around The Web There's still a lot of money in music, but so little of it goes to the right people. Updated continuously under our More News tab. Related articles Does The Reddit Revolt Foretell A Similar Uprising For The Music Industry? New On... Continue reading
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Led Zeppelin are facing a jury trial for alleged copyright infringement of their seminal hit "Stairway to Heaven." A District Court Judge has ruled that the hit was similar enough to the '67 instrumental "Taurus" by Spirit to warrant a trial. But the plaintiff's have offered Led Zep an easy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Chatbots - "a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet" - are all the rage in tech circles. Mark Zuckerberg says they'll transform Facebook, and an 8 month old startup has used one to sell $1 million in vinyl records. Online vinyl store, The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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On the heels of Rhapsody International's appointment of Mike Davis as its first CEO, the company announced new stats showing the highest consumer engagement in the company's history. _______________________________________ Music streamer Rhapsody and it's international brand Napster say that the combination of recent product innovations and global partnerships have pushed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify has smartly decided that products that are good for artists and fans are also good for Spotify. Now, joining the Spotify team that built Fan Insights analytics and Concerts show recommendations, is the newly acquired crew from CrowdAlbum. _______________________________ Spotify has acquired CrowdAlbum for an undisclosed sum. Launched in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Prince famously controlled of every aspect of his music and career. But his legacy may be left to warring relatives and the courts. That's the almost inevitable result of news that broke yesterday: Prince left no will. ______________________________________ Prince's sister Tyka Nelson has filed documents in probate court indicating that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Apple delivered a rare weak earnings report on Tuesday, sending its stock down 8%. But amidst the disappointment, was some very positive news on the music front. Apple Music has added 2 million paying subscribers in the last 2 months. ______________________________ Apple Music has more than 13 million subscribers, Apple... Continue reading
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Wednesday 4.27.2016 Music Business News From Around The Web Apple earnings slid, but Music growth points to 20 million subscribers by year's end. Updated continuously under our More News tab. Related articles New Ad Showcases Music On The Apple Watch [VIDEO] Watch: Official Guided Video Tour Of Music On Apple... Continue reading
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Few musicians or labels are fans of music piracy. But with Taylor Swift's decision to keep her music anticipated album '1989' off streaming music services, UMG, her label's distributor, became particularly concerned and hatched a plan to fight it. ______________________________ A Universal Music Group filing with the U.S. Copyright office... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Teaser videos can be a popular way for artists and bands to promote their new material, but when it comes to the length of these previews, there are several different schools of thought on how much is enough to get the point across without inciting viewer fatigue. _________________________________ Guest Post... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Building relationships with hip-hop bloggers and editors is an essential part of your music career. Bloggers can help get you in front of your audience and add credibility to your brand. As your music career and team grows, you’ll eventually assign this job to someone else - but until then,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot