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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Despite being an early target of multiple lawsuits brought my several labels and music trade groups, torrent tracker Pirate bay is still operating and helping to enable music and media piracy worldwide. Now , 6 years after a lawsuit began, a court has ordered to Pirate bay founder to pay... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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The promoter behind a popular '90s legacy act package show is suing Ticketmaster, claiming the ticketing giant damaged the tour's ticket sales by only showing customers the highest priced tickets in some markets. _______________________________________________ Attorneys for Universal Attractions Agency filed the lawsuit over the I Love the 90s: The Party... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 8.30.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Is the resale of an MP3 legal? If it were, with blockchain everyone could actually get paid... Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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The entirety of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities tendered their resignation on Friday in protest of President Donald Trump's qualified criticism of the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. ____________________________________ 16 of 17 members of the of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities, cited the "false... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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After a long sabbatical in Europe, MassConcert's John Peters has returned to oversee a newly-revamped Worcester, MA Palladium. Capacity is 2560 with an open floor and seated balcony. Peters also owns the Town Ballroom in Buffalo and Webster Theater in Hartford. • Talent agency APA is the latest to announce... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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A full solar eclipse and a President's speech to the nation did not stop Taylor Swift from dominating both traditional and social media over the last few days. Wiping both her web site and social media accounts clean led to endless speculation. Now the wait is almost over. _____________________________________ Taylor... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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TUESDAY 8.22.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Taylor Swift again proves that she owns our attention any time she choses. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Three days after wiping her web site and social media accounts clean, Taylor Swift is back online, kind of. At 11AM ET today the pop star posted a cryptic 10 second clip. The silent distorted video appears to depict a snake tail (or a cat or dragon tail as some... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts and music marketers Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss the importance of the college market including college radio, live performances, college media and more. Learn why you should not ignore the college and how you can use them to build your story. _________________________________________ Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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It's National Radio Week and to celebrate, each day we're visiting one of the most interesting college radio stations in the country, thanks Jennifer Waits, who has has toured more college stations than the FCC to chronicle this essential outlet for indie music and broadcast creativity. First up: Minneapolis's KRLX... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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A case brought by two co-founders of TuneCore against the indie digital music distributor has merit and will moved forward, a U.S. District Court ruled late last week. The plaintiffs allege that that they have not received promised cash and/or stock options for more than 10,000 hours of work. Tunecore... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Monday 8.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Dear Lyor, you brought this on yourself. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Famed educator and music enthusiast David Skorton recently opted to give online education a shot in the form of a music course. Here he shares his experience and talks about what he sees as the future of online education. _______________________________ Guest post from Berklee Online Renowned educator David J. Skorton... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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As the popularity of live music continues to grow in expected places like New York and Los Angeles, smaller less likely seeming cities are also seeing a dramatic spike in their live music markets. Here we look at five such dark horses of the live music industry ______________________________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATE 2] Taylor Swift's official web site, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts and Tumblr have all been wiped clean. Some fans have speculated that she was the victim of a massive hack, but more likely the media savvy star is drawing attention in anticipation of a major announcement. ________________________________________________... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The most popular and often perused posts from Hypebot this week looked at whether musicians should even bother making albums if no one's buying, the problem solving ten minute silent hit on iTunes, Warner/Chappell's copyright claim over a video featuring none of their music, and more. Should Musicians Bother Making... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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First Spotify said it was pulling down music from neo-Nazi, explicitly racist or white supremacist bands in the wake of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, VA. Next Deezer and CD Baby pledged to do the same. and Google Play and YouTube reaffirmed policies that "prohibit content like hate speech and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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The family of Johnny Cash have demanded that Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups not associate the image of their late father with the discriminatory ideas. In an open letter posted to Roseanne Cash's Facebook page, the family took issue with a protester during the confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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While the majority of music consumers have switched to listening to music via online streaming, the physical product endures, and mediums like vinyl have even seen a spike in popularity. That said, moving physical product remains a challenge, so we're offering up some tips on how to do it more... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Friday 7.18.17 Music Business News From Around The Web When streamers announce they are pulling Neo-Nazi music, I wonder how it got there in the first place. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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When former WMG CEO Lyor Cohen joined YouTube, the music industry wondered if this often brash insider could change prevailing opinions of the video behemoth: great for promotion, but the royalties paid are far too low. Few opinions have shifted; but in a new open letter, Cohen remains both optimistic... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify recently launched Ad Studio, a self-serve, targetable audio ad platform, in beta. As we reported, these 15 and 30 second ads play in-stream on Spotify's free tier, along with an accompanying banner. Now we're learning more about Spotify's ad ambitions, which include serving small business and music based data... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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In a continuing shakeup of its executive suite, Def Jam Recordings announced the hiring of Scott Greer to serve as Executive Vice President of Marketing & Commerce. In his new role, Greer will oversee the company’s marketing, digital, commerce, branding and creative content initiatives, effective immediately, the label said. Greer’s... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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The recent rash of voice-activated internet-enabled speakers (looking at you Echo) have quickly risen to become Pandora's most rapidly growing consumer electronics product. Here we look at how this trend will benefit both smart speakers and the music industry as a whole. _________________________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Thursday 7.18.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Dear MTV, there's video site called YouTube. When a music video is a BIG hit there, pay attention. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot