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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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With 75 million users, Spotify has the potential to be a powerful music discovery and marketing tool. New stats from the streamer show that it's already helping to boost some artists. We can only hope that Spotify remains an independent discovery channel and is not co-opted by the major labels.... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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Venture funding is still flowing into music tech, but not if the concept involves licensing music. AmpMe pulls the tunes that power its app from the users library, Soundcloud and now the free-daddy of them all, YouTube. _____________________________________ Canadian startup AmpMe has raised $8 million in a new funding round... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Friday 5.27.16 Music Business News From Around The Web AmpMe Raises $8M: Money is still flowing into music tech, IF they don't need to license music. Updated continuously under our More News Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at hypebot
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Fame House has always been on the list of non-core assets that a bankrupt SFX thought it could sell. In the end, only one real bidder stepped up to offer; and it leaves the independence of the respected music marketing firm in question. ____________________________________________ A federal bankruptcy judge has approved... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Everyone is trying to crack music discovery, and Twitter is trying everything it can think of to increase engagement. These two goals come together nicely with today's launch of easy to create Twitter Audio Cards for Spotify. _______________________________________________ Twitter has launched Twitter Audio Cards for Spotify that allow users to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Just in time for the Memorial Day unofficial summer kickoff, Pandora is sharing its Songs of Summer 2016 predictions. They're based on Pandora and Next Big Sound data: trajectory of station adds, spins and thumbs plus insights from industry experts. Pandora’s Songs of Summer 2016 Panda- Desiigner One Dance- Drake... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Cloud-based audio mastering software platform LANDR has partnered with SoundCloud, to offer its mastering service free to SoundCloud’s 12 million strong creator community. Through a new partnership, SoundCloud users will have free access to LANDR’s new “Optimized for SoundCloud” format, which will master and enhance the quality of songs streaming... Continue reading
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Following the failure of SFX to meet a large number of profit benchmarks, a Florida company known as Amnesia is looking for a way out of their contract with the company, and exit complicated by SFX's state of bankruptcy. __________________________ Guest Post by Dave Brooks on Amplify A Florida company... Continue reading
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DeadMau5's SoundCloud account was hacked. We worry about our bank accounts, credit card accounts and mail being broken into, but our Soundcloud accounts? In an age where everything happens online, everything is a target. ___________________________________________ DJ and producer DeadMau5's SoundCloud account was hacked on May 23rd, with the hackers using... Continue reading
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Thursday 5.26.16 Music Business News From Around The Web The messy SFX bankruptcy could get much messier if shareholders can prove CEO and Board malfeasance. Updated continuously under our More News Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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It's not safe, even in the VIP: An incident that began backstage at T.I.'s show at Irving Plaza in New York City marks the second fatal shooting at one the rapper's concerts. ______________________________________________ Gunfire at a T.I. concert on Wednesday night left 1 dead and three injured, with one of... Continue reading
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Content is still king. Or at least it is to Shamrock Capital Advisors and the investors who joined their new $250 million fund to invest in music publishing rights, recorded music masters and other intellectual property. _______________________________________________ Shamrock Capital Advisors today announced the final closing of Entertainment IP Fund (EIP),... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] First it was Apple Music and now Spotify. Dubset is bringing its MixBANK platform that identifies and pays revenue to both DJs and the artists sampled to the worlds largest streaming music service. ________________________________________________ Dubset Media announced today that it has reached an agreement with Spotify to use its... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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UMG is smartly grabbing the long tail of classical and jazz. These divisions are like step children at major labels. But while the big boys thrive on hits, they survive on catalog, particularly as ongoing payments from streaming becomes recorded music's biggest revenue source. ___________________________________________ Universal Music Group has named... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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With fanboy like zeal, I'll admit that Spotify's Discover Weekly is one of my favorite features on any streaming service. (Though, I'm also excited about Slacker's new programming.) Stats from Spotify show that millions of others have also experienced the eerie accuracy with which Discover Weekly unearths great music that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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From exclusives to curation, every streaming service is looking for unique features that attract users. As it battles Pandora and the rest of a crowded field, Slacker is putting its efforts into something that many miss on radio and online - personalities and the insights they add to music. __________________________________________... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Just in time for summer, two of streaming music's biggest players are launching substantial sales. If you're on the fence about which music service to subscribe to, Google clearly offers the better deal, but both deals come with restrictions. Google Play Music is offering 3 months of new premium service... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music, particularly country music, does not need another televised award show. But the industry is welcoming the CBS deal to broadcast the ACM Honors which celebrate the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards. _________________________________________ The Academy of Country Music announced ten-time ACM Award-winning... Continue reading
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Wednesday 5.25.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Class action status for Lowery & Ferrick vs. Spotify lawsuits means artists and pubs have a real alternative to NMPA settlement. Updated continuously under our More News tab. Related articles Last Week's Most Read Posts On Hypebot: Am. Idol Winners Sue... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Expressing yourself in 140 characters or less has almost become an art form, but it can also be incredibly restrictive in certain situations. Today, Twitter announced that they are playing with the 140 charterer rule. Over the coming months Twitter is making changes to move beyond its 140 character limit... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Are playlists the new radio? It's too early to know if that's really an apt comparison, but its unequivocally true that playlists generate huge interest and income. Proving just how important playlisting has become, Spotify, the biggest player in streaming music globally, has shared new playlist stats. __________________________________________ Spotify listeners... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Travelling by air with a musical instrument is never easy. If you check in your instrument on a flight with one or more stopovers, there is always the chance that you reach your destination and find that it has been offloaded at another intermediate stop, or worse, has been damaged... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Last month when founder Tim Westergren was named CEO of Pandora, many in the music, tech and investment communities expressed approval. Well, Tim, the honeymoon is already over. By Bobby Owsinksi of Music 3.0 Pandora’s largest investor is so concerned about its future that it sent a letter to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Recent Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller had some choice words to say about the Hall of Fame's treatment and selection process, not all of it glowing. Here we look at an excerpt from an interview Miller did with Billboard regarding the event. __________________________________ Guest Post by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot