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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Ever since Spotify removed one of its core features - song lyrics - earlier this year, users have been clamouring for their return. So there was cause for excitement when it was announced that lyrics were included in Spotify's Japan launch yesterday. While I have not been able to see... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at hypebot
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MTV and Viacom Velocity, its in-house creative agency, today named A$AP Rocky as Creative Director for MTV LABS, a creative incubator developed in partnership with rapper. Rocky and his own creative company AWGE will now have access to cross-platform production capabilities to develop branded content. To celebrate the partnership, A$AP... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Recording artists, songwriters and the music industry are under siege, says Richard James Burgess, CEO of indie music trade group A2IM. Music is catnip for consumers, says Burgess, and creators and rightsholders are not properly protected or compensated. _____________________________________ (Title inspired by A2IM Libera Awards Independent Icon winners, Naughty by... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at hypebot
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Spotify announced that its total payments to artists, labels, publishers and other rightholders now tops $5 billion.That's up $2 billion from June 2015, when the music streamer shared that it had paid out $3 billion total. At this pace, which is likely quickening, Spotify is paying the music industry $133... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at hypebot
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There are conflicting reports has to how likely a Spotify acquisition of SoundCloud is, but any deal would likely happen at a price far below the $700 million - $1.2 billion which investors have valued the company during previous funding rounds. __________________________________ The valuation of SoundCloud fell from around $1.2... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 9.30.16 Music Business News From Around The Web A new chapter of SFX begins. Sillerman almost killed the company, but what is it without him? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 9.30.16 Music Business News From Around The Web A new chapter of SFX begins. Sillerman almost killed the company, but what is it without him? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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After careful consideration and many impressive entries, the winners of the SF MusicTech Summit 2016 Startup Competition have been announced. Each winner will be showcasing onstage during the Summit on Monday, October 17th. And don't forget, Hypebot readers receive discounted registration to the Summit using the code: HYPEBOT or by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) has announced the music industry figures who will be recognized at this year's 6th Annual NATD Honors Gala including Doc McGhee, Leon Russell and Rod Essig. _______________________________________ Honorees at the 2016 Nashville Association of Talent Directors Gala will include: Rod Essig, Agent and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify has finally launched in Japan. The world's second biggest music market is a notoriously finicky one and slow to change. CD's still sell in large numbers there, despite early digital adoption elsewhere in the culture. With the launch also came the overdue re-introduction of a Spotify lyrics feature. ___________________________... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Shazam announced that it has has been downloaded more than 1 billion times. The hugely popular music discovery app also joined a very exclusive club: it's a profitable music tech startup. Shazam today announced several impressive financial and user milestones. The popular music discovery app has surpassed 1 billion mobile... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Late Wednesday came reports that Spotify was in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud, and that an announcement of the deal could be made very soon. Now, a new report asserts that the deal is far from done and could go either way. _________________________________________________ Will Spotify acquire rival SoundCloud? "People I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Thursday 9.29.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Soundcloud deal or not, Spotify's rate of expansion and innovation is accelerating impressively, but I'd still rather own stock in Shazam. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Spotify is reportedly in advance talks to buy Soundcloud. We'd heard months ago that Soundcloud was hemorrhaging cash, after efforts to monetize had been slowed by label talks. The labels said yes, but perhaps too late; and the way out may be to sell. ____________________________________ Spotify is in advanced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Former top Def Jam and Warner Music Group executive Lyor Cohen has been named the Global Head Of Music for Google's YouTube (more here), and began his tenure with a letter the the YouTube Music Team. From: Lyor Cohen To: YouTube Music Team Hi everyone, It’s an incredible time to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Former Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen has joined Google's YouTube as its Global Head of Music. The outspoken music industry veteran takes on the difficult task of mending fences with a music industry vocally upset with the royalties that YouTube pays compared to its massive scale. Lyor Cohen “Lyor... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In its 10th year, McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrities study names which celebrities generate the most dangerous search results that could expose consumers to malware. Amy Schumer comes in at No. 1, but Bieber a close second, followed by celebrities Will Smith, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. ________________________________________ McAfee’s Most... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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PledgeMusic today announced that it had finalized deal to acquire Set.fm. Set.fm Founder and CEO Matt Peterson will add the title of PledgeMusic GM, Austin. Set.fm allows artists to capture, promote and sell recordings of their live performances. Launched by Peterson in 2012, the free service creates new revenue streams... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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A member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was hit by a drone during a show. Labels that underreport, promoters that hide sales, low streaming payments... musicians already have a tough time. But drone strikes? ___________________________________ A member of the hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was struck in the face by a drone during... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The most viral tracks on Spotify based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it from Sept. 16 - 22, 2016 on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. ______________________________ Spotify's Most Viral Tracks US, UK, Global UNITED STATES 1. Rockie Gold, "Dicks out... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Abbey Road Red, the music tech accelerator based at the iconic Abbey Road Studios has named its latest group of startups. It's the second class for the only music tech incubator in Europe. _________________________________ The latest 3 music tech startups named to the Abbey Road Red accelerator program are: Audio... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In addition to providing an excellent added source of income, teaching music can go a long way towards helping you to expand your fan base. Here we review five tips that can help you make teaching music work, even with a busy musician's schedule. _______________________________ Guest Post by Gfire Mayo... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Neighboring rights are one of the most misunderstood and fastest growing income streams in music. It's $2 billion annual business, and with the acquisition of the Fintage House's superstar client list, Kobalt becomes a dominate player. ___________________________________ Indie music services company Kobalt announced that they have acquired Fintage House’s Neighbouring... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 9.28.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Music On The Web 4.0? Ticket sales on Snapchat, bot concert recommendations, virtual reality... Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Is live music about to experience its own Napster moment? Concerts are touted as the part of music that digitization can not replicate. But augmented and virtual reality are changing that. Why sit in row 200 when can have a more immersive experience at home via your Oculus headset. A... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot