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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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SXSW continues to strengthen the convergence of music and tech, and Hypebot is joining with music tech PR firm rock paper scissors to propose an official meetup during the day. We Need Your Vote! Sure, there will be a handful of sponsored parties and events focussed on music tech, but... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at hypebot
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Rob Light Bobby Brooks was, by all accounts, both a passionate advocate for artists and that rarest of all commodities, a truly good person. Today, on the 25th anniversary of his passing, in the same helicopter crash that killed Stevie Ray Vaughn and 2 others, Rob Light, who guides CAA's... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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When loading up to go on tour for the first time, there are a few items that are better left at home rather than making your already crowded van feel that much more full. _________________________ Guest Post by Adam Bernard on the Sonicbids Blog A couple of weeks ago, I... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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Gunning to be the social network where artists connect with their fans is an ambitious goal. But Flipagram has deep pockets and offers the one thing most of its competitors from Facebook to niche players don't - artist monetization. _______________________________ By music and entertainment consultant Cortney Harding Since closing a... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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It's one step forward and one step back for SoundCloud. Rumors have the music site close to a key deal with Universal. But today UK music collection and licensing body PRS Music announced it was suing SoundCloud after five years of negotiations with no agreement. Here is the full text... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Thursday 8.27.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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THE PITCH asks promising music tech startups to "pitch" their product or service to the Hypebot community in 100 words or less. Today, no fee ticketing app DICE makes their PITCH: ______________________________________ DICE is a music discovery and ticketing app that gives fans access to the best gigs in town... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Forbes is out with another one of their popular lists of entertainment's top earners. This time the world's top DJ's are analyzed by the financial magazine's team of calulator jockeys. Its no surprise that Calvin Harris tops the list earning $66 million last year, but there are plenty of new... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Universal Music Group announced that they have named independent label veteran Jeffrey Remedios as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Canada, effective September 21. Jeffery Remedios will succeed Randy Lennox as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Canada. Lennox has been appointed President of Entertainment Production... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The latest in a series of campaigns to prevent music piracy attempts to guilt people away from infringing content by reminding them of the personal struggles undergone by famous musicians such as Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley. ____________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on TechDirt We've discussed the legacy entertainment... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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A one minute long recording of silence is #1 on the Austrian iTunes chart just days after its Friday release. Recorded by Austrian artists Raoul Haspel, the track "Schweigeminute" (German for Minute's Silence), the track is designed to draw attention to Europe's growing refuge crisis. Proceeds from the track will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Wednesday 8.26.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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We know scrolling down an endless stream of posts is not always the best way to consume content, so we added tabs to help quickly find what matters most to you. Are you a D.I.Y artist not interested in the latest Music Tech news? Are you a Social Media marketer... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Like almost every stock on the major global exchanges, Monday was a tough day for music and entertainments stocks. But like others on the New York Stock Exchange, most rebounded slightly on Tuesday morning. _________________________________ Just before the first our of trading Tuesday was over: Live Nation + 0.67% Pandora... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Lady Gaga has reportedly filed a cease and desist order with U.K.-based company The Licktators, manufacturers of breast milk ice cream over the name of one of their products, Royal Baby Gaga. ______________________________ According to The Mirror, Lady Gaga is seeking to have U.K.-based company The Licktators remove her name... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music streamers, under fire from labels and publishers demanding more revenue from free ad-supported listening, are working feverishly to finding better ways to attract and retain sponsors. Today Rdio unveiled a new brand offering, Promoted Music Experiences. Music streaming service Rdio has launched Promoted Music Experiences (PMEs) with The Hard... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Tuesday 8.25.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Our new regular feature THE PITCH asks promising music tech startups to "pitch" their product or service to the Hypebot community in 100 words or less. Today, fan acquisition and marketing platform Adva Mobile makes their PITCH: For Recording Artists and Touring Bands who care about engaging with their most... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Music and entertainment related stocks fell on Monday as the global stock market continued a three day tumble. New York Stock Exchange officials said they would halt all trading for at least 15 minutes if the decline reached 7%. Mid-morning Monday, there were signs that the steep stock market decline... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Reelio, an influencer marketing platform that connects brands with digital stars, has raised a $5 million Series A funding round. Investors include e.ventures, the venture capital firms of Philipp Schindler, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Reis, former Sony Music President and Bertelsmann exec board member. Representing 10,000 + influencers including many... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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There were CHANGES across the music business spectrum last week including inpublishing, education, booking agencies, trade groups, media and more. Here's the latest lowdown: ole, the independent rights management company, announced today that Mike Whelan has joined the company’s Nashville office as Senior Director, Creative. He joins from Sony Music... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Universal Music Group's plan to invest in films related to its artists and catalog is certainly paying off. First the Amy Winehouse film was a success, and now NWA's biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is bonafide hit scoring a second surprising week at #1. Here's the weekend's box office scores: “It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Although it was not exactly successful as a social network, some of the features associated with Google + have been spun off into their own sites including, most recently, Google Hangouts. ____________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 As predicted, Google has begun the process of spinning off... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Several virtual internships - location is not a problem - are available at Hypebot, MusicThinkTank and our sister company, booking agency Skyline Music. These are unpaid positions with flexible hours. We can usually meet the requirements needed for college credit, and an internship can be created to suite your goals... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Puff Daddy & The Family have been announced as one of the headlining acts for the upcoming Revolt Music. The theme of the conference is The Merging of Music, Technology and Innovation. ____________________________________ To be held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach from October 15–18, the Revole Music Conference... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot