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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Controversial FCC chief Ajit Pai has drawn fire from the music and tech industry for leading the charge to dismantle new neutrality. Now Pai is facing the biggest threat to his short rein yet with new that the FCC has launched an internal investigation into his "too close" relationship with... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 2.19.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Some of the most popular and frequently perused articles on Hypebot this week delved into the ongoing subscription war between Spotify and Apple Music, a major shakeup in how Spotify calculates its streaming stats, how artists can overcome the 'Facebook apocalypse' and more! Subscription War: Spotify, Apple Music Expand Discounts... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In this final visitation of the past week's major music industry events, we take another look at the Recording Academy's bogus claim that the gender gap isn't as wide as previously believed, guitar legend Gibson's alarming proximity to bankruptcy, the end of Neil Young's Pono music service, and much, much... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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In the first week of February, Google sent publishers 40% more or 466 million more pageviews than it did in January 2017. That same week, Facebook sent 200 million fewer, or 20% less. This shift is happening as Facebook adjust its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Like President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Symphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist. Wohelski had been the Senior Label Manager at Beatport after stints as Director of A&R at Astralwerks and General Manager at Planet E Communications. Peter Wohelski The hire comes after the digital music distributor secured a $4... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Gibson is weeks away from a forced bankruptcy, according to multiple reports and analysts familiar with the company. “At the end of the day, someone will take control of this company - be it the debtors or the bondholders,” Debtwire reporter Reshmi Basu told the Nashville Post. “This has been... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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A year after announcing the demise of his portable music player Pono, Canadian rocker Neil Young is still beating the music quality drum with the launch of a new music streaming service, the Neil Young Archives. The Neil Young Archive is a collection of hundreds of tracks from Young’s albums... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Metallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music along with its founder and director and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, have been selected laureates for the 2018 Polar Music Prize. Likening Metallica to composers such as Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the band was recognized for the visceral speed and physicality of their music,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 2.16.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Universal Music Group revenue grew 10% last year driven by 35.4% growth in streaming revenue and new licencing deals that offset declines in download and physical goods sales. The news came as part of a positive financial report from parent corporation Vivendi. The highlights: Universal Music Group’s (UMG) revenues totaled... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Streaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there. But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming to reach a much broader audience and the time for radio to reinvent itself. _______________________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Chris Moon, who co-wrote the song "Soft & Wet" with Prince on the Purple One's first album is selling his share on eBay for $490,000. The song also appeared on MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" album which sold 22 million copies. "Buy it and just You & Prince will own... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] ReverbNation has retooled its d.i.y. digital music distribution service as Select Distribution to more aggressively compete with Tunecore, CD Baby and DistroKid. _________________________________________ ReverbNation has quietly cut prices and launched Select Distribution, a revamped indie music distribution service. With Select, artists get flat fee distribution on the 6 download... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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As Facebook's algorithm changes, it's becoming harder for artists to stay connected with their fans as the service gravitates away from posts by businesses and media and towards what it perceives as more personable meaningful interactions. _________________________ Guest post by Bill Leigh of Eventbrite Things are changing at Facebook —... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora today announced the overdue launch of a web app for it's paid Premium Music service. The new app brings the features of Pandora Premium's iOS and Android apps to the web. ________________________________ Now Playing Playlist The #1 most requested feature from Pandora listeners arrives today with the launch of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 2.15.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is producing its first ever showcase at SXSW. Dubbed the music conference's first ever data driven showcase, participating artists were chosen from Bandintown's Big Break program made up of touring acts that have grown from 100 to 5,000 or more followers on the platform in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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For months, a mysterious stick trader known as 50 Cent has been placing small "bets" that the stock market would go crazy. Those bets paid off last week during the massive stock market sell off. __________________________________ PR Newswire A trader known for buying small options -usually costing about 50 cents... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Sales on the Discogs Marketplace rose 20% to top 10 million units in 2017. Vinyl sales grew 18% to 8 million, the user-built music database and online a catalog announced today. Key sales trends for the year include: Cassettes were the format showing the most substantial growth at 29.54% CDs... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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213 major musical artists, supported by eight leading music organizations, have joined to call on the U.S. Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act, bipartisan legislation pending in both the House and Senate to address one of copyright law’s most glaring loopholes. ___________________________ In a two-page advertisement (above) in Wednesday’s Politico,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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After 3 years as head of music talent at Twitter, Lance Turner has joined Universal Music Group's Republic Records as SVP of marketing. The former Capital Music exec will be based out of the labels Los Angeles office. Republic is home to The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Florence + The Machine,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 2.14.1​8​ Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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VNUE has signed an agreement to acquire Soundstr, a music tech startup that helps businesses pay music license fees based on actual music usage, both companies announced this morning. Soundstr was founded by Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, who was the co-founder and drummer of the platinum-selling rock band Hawthorne Heights. ___________________________________ Today's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot