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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Earlier today, we reported that synch licensing site Music Dealers had shut down leaving many artists that made music available through the site upaid. Now, Eric Sheinkop, the founder who raised more than $9 million to fund Music Dealers but has since left to co-found shopping startup desirelist, has responded... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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The indie music community will come together again on June 5-9, 2017 in New York City for American Association of Independent Music's (A2IM) 12th Annual Indie Week, an international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of independent music. ____________________________________ A2IM's 2017’s Indie Week in 6.5.9, 2017... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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UPDATE: A music tech startup going out of business is often just another sad story. But Music Dealers raised big money and cut big deals. Now it's founder has moved on to a glitzy new startup co-founded with a former exec of the defunct synch licensing site's top former clients.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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Last evening, Facebook reported Q2 earnings that smashed all expectations. Steady user growth continued at 3.63% adding 60 million monthly users this quarter to hit 1.71 billion. Quarterly revenue of $6.44 billion also blew past estimates. _____________________________________ The two charts chronicle Facebook's continued phenomenal user growth. Related articles The Most... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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Last year, Vadio raised $7.5 million in funding, and signaled a move into music by adding former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff to its board of advisors. This week, Vadio struck a deal to add Warner Music Group content to their video network. ____________________________________________ Warner Music has signed a deal with... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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Bluegrass, in all its permutations from traditional to newgrass, has a much larger audience than most believe. This week, the International Bluegrass Music Association named its 2016 Awards nominees. _____________________________________________ The Earls of Leicester lead in nominations for the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards. The IBMA also revealed its newest... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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The fall of controversial SFX founder and former CEO Robert "FX" Sillerman has been as dramatic as his rise. The next chapter in his demise is likely to include a gaggle of lawyers, as the new group in control of SFX signals legal action against him. _____________________________________________ New documents filed... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Catalog sales contribute a great deal to the bottom line of most labels, and online commerce provide a unique opportunity to leverage the long tale of fan interest well after mainstream media stops caring. Sony Legacy is a prime example. Now, Universal Music is mining its massive vaults and selling... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 7.28.16 Music Business News From Around The Web It's hard to imagine that Facebook could get any bigger, but it just did. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud is finally starting to seriously monetize their content, but profitability is still just a distant hope. That sent the startup in search of funds; and in June, SoundCloud raised $70 million from Twitter in a $100 million funding round at reported valuation of $700 million. Now Soundcloud is for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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MTV has announced its 2016 VMA nominees. Beyoncé tops the list with 11 nominations including Video of the Year for “Formation” and the newest VMA category, Breakthrough Long Form Video, for her HBO special Lemonade. That’s the most nominations she’s gotten in a single year. Adele comes in second with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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[UPDATED] When Pandora acquired Ticketfly, the two pledged to use the power of the music streamer's giant platform to drive ticket sales. Today's announcement of concert notifications is a good first step, but it is also is reminder of the severe limitations of using a single data source to drive... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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During his intro to “Bored in the USA”, J. Tillman aka Father John Misty told the crowd that he had been offered a quarter of a million dollars to cover Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” for an ad for restaurant chain Chipotle. _____________________________________________ At this weekend's Newport Folk... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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With 100 million users (including 35 million paid), it's tempting to declare Spotify the winner in the battle for streaming music supremacy. But remember this... competitor Apple, which has a market cap of $520 billion and $231 billion in cash, yesterday reported a quarterly net profit of $7.8 billion -... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Late Late Show host James Corden's ultra popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment is being spun off by CBS, and Apple Music has nabbed the streaming exclusive. ____________________________________________ Late Late Show's James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" was made popular, in part, by its presence on YouTube. But Apple Music will be the exclusive... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Troubled EDM conglomerate SFX will get much needed new leadership when it exits bankruptcy, according to multiple sources. Former AEG chief Randy Phillips is reportedly the choice of SFX creditors who control the company's future. _______________________________________________ Troubled electronic music giant SFX Entertainment plans to name veteran live-entertainment executive Randy Phillips... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 7.27.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Apple beat analysts expectations. Twitter didn't. Both earnings reports mark an end to perpetual tech stock growth. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Ever since SoundCloud cut its label deals and added a paid service, it's sped up the pace at which its adding new features. Today they added the option to display groups of tracks as an album rather than just as a playlist. ____________________________________________ When SoundCloud started creators shared their work... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Vevo has tried and failed for 7 years to bring Warner Music Group videos onto its platform. Now, Vevo is reportedly nearing a deal that would break the deadlock and pave the way for the launch of a paid video subscription service. ___________________________________________ Vevo is reportedly close to a deal... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Vevo has tried and failed for 7 years to bring Warner Music Group videos onto its platform. Now, Vevo is reportedly nearing a deal that would break the deadlock and pave the way for the launch of a paid video subscription service. ___________________________________________ Vevo is reportedly close to a deal... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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SiriusXM is on a tear, and recently the satellite broadcaster made an uninvited advance on Pandora. The music streamer rebuffed the overture, but they may want to reconsider. Their combined platforms plus Pandora's ticketing and soon-to launch music streamer would make a powerful combination. _________________________________ Satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Here we look a promotional case study done on the band Nothing, as they worked to promote the release of their sophomore album through close participatory fan interaction and clever social media tactics. ______________________________ Guest Post by Chris Calabrese on The Orchard's The Daily Rind GOALS Nothing is an alternative... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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According to DNC emails released via Wikileaks last week, Ariana Grande was being considered as a performer for a gala for President Obama, but in an extremely detailed back-and-forth that took place last September, she was ultimately deemed unfit for the job. ___________________________________________ Ariana Grande was barred from performing at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Cultivating an enthusiastic fanbase is one of the key components of becoming a successful artist, something for which YouTube can be a great resource, particularly if you can convert those viewers and fans into subscribers. ______________________________ Guest Post by Jessica Allossery on Soundfly's Flypaper Maintaining an energized fan base is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 7.26.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Could SFX come back from the dead? They've reportedly found a CEO that might pull it off. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot