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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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After uber-manager and music industry deal maker Irving Azoff exited as Chairman of Live Nation last year, one of his many moves was to form Global Music Rights as part of his Azoff MSG Entertainment, a new joint venture with the Madison Square Garden Company. There were rumors that some major songwriters including members of Journey, Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac and Soundgarden had signed on. Now its becoming clear what Azoff has planned for his growing song catalog, and it strikes at the heart of a marketplace dominated by BMI and ASCAP for decades. Azoff has apparently been telling potential clients... Continue reading
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In parts one and two of The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan, Ariel Hyatt highlighted the importance of having a sound online presence and went on to give us the best practices for a new release launch. Today, she shares what to do in the time between albums to keep the connections you've made while continuing to grow your fan base. We live in a society of instant gratification. As much as we may wish that we could reverse that, there's really no turning back, so... you've got to give the people what they want.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Edinburgh hip-hop trio Young Fathers won the 2014 Mercury Prize for best British or Irish record of the last 12 months last night. Hopefully a win for the group means more than the nomination for one of the UK's top music awards did. According to Official Charts Company, Young Fathers post- nomination sales bump was a mere 561 units. Several other Mercury Prize nominees did not fair much better. Polar Bear saw sales surges of 31% but that meant just 569 more albums were sold. Anna Calvi’s One Breath sold 800 copies post-nomination, up just 6% and East India Youth’s... Continue reading
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HFA (Harry Fox Agency) has signed a licensing and royalty administration services arrangement with music streaming service TIDAL to support the launch of their new CD quality streaming service. TIDAL’s owner Aspiro focuses on streaming high-quality audio tracks to consumers. In 2010 Aspiro launched its original service called WiMP Music in Norway and has since expanded into Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland. For its U.S. entry, Aspiro has debuted a new platform, TIDAL, which is a subscription-based, multimedia streaming service that integrates high fidelity CD-quality audio, high-definition video and curated editorial. TIDAL is available for iOS and Android devices, as... Continue reading
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Spotify has updated its iPad app to include Your Music, a design and feature set already available on the music streamer's desktop and mobile apps which make it easier to save, organize and browse music, The redesign also brings Spotify's dark theme, typography and rounded iconography to the iPad. Today's announcement describes the upgrades: ● Content is king. "Our new design looks even better on a big screen, and makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the... Continue reading
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THURSDAY 10.30.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
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Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge expressed skepticism of SoundCloud's business model and the benefit of doing a deal right now with audio platform. There is an “opportunity for SoundCloud to create incredible revenue,” said Grainge, but first he needs to discuss “what the business plan is going to be.” His remarks came on stage at the WSJD Live Global Technology Conference Tuesday. Grainge was less critical of a rumored deal with Google's YouTube. “We’re very good partners with people where we’re aligned,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. (But) “I can’t comment on something that hasn’t been... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Half of all AM/FM broadcast stations will disappear by 2024, according to a new report from top radio analyst Gordon Borrell. The reason? The rise of the so called "digital dashboard" and more choices for in-car listening. “There are other means of sending out audio - you won’t need an FCC license,” says Borrell. “That was one of the toughest predictions to make,” Borrell told RAIN News. "There could be some economics in play that will allow some of these stations to continue to broadcast. there aren’t many variable costs. So a tiny AM station affiliated with a church could... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] A new report from Mark Mulligan and media industry analysts MIDiA looks at the massive impact YouTube along with its yet to launch Music Key service will have on the music industry. YouTube delivers a massive audience of 210 million active music fans, according to the study. But it fails to deliver the commensurate revenue, and that is likely to get much, much worse. YouTube's Free Tier Will 'Suck The Oxygen' From Spotify, Competitors YouTube Music key "should prove to be among the most compelling music product offerings in the marketplace, yet YouTube’s net impact on the subscriptions’ sector... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Austin-based Front Gate Tickets has announced a strategic alliance with another Austin-based company, Umbel, to provide comprehensive analytics from platforms such as Facebook to their clients. Using a system it calls Digital Genome analysis, Umbel is able to uncover data points in their customer base to create relevant ticket buyer profiles for a particular artist and then find analogous fans via Facebook and using that connection to promote and market shows. According to the companies, representative results include an average 10x return on ad spend across multiple campaigns for a Front Gate promoter client using Umbel Reach Extension. Front Gate... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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By Tyler Allen on Sonicbids Blog In 2008, many a teenage heart was broken over indie-rock group The Format's break up. Soon after the split, singer Nate Ruess scored huge with a licensing deal for his new band, Fun. This one deal single-handedly took them from underground darlings to worldwide superstars in a matter of months. The key word? Licensing. Let's explore how to get licensed, and how one little song can change your life. The Format's story is a prime jumping-off point. They were a group whose success and popularity were a sign of the changing music industry landscape... Continue reading
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WEDNESDAY 10.29.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
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Created by the team at WiMP and bringing lossless music to mobile for the first time, Tidal is making waves, but their high quality ALAC and FLAC format at 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit isn't the only thing catching the attention of listeners. In a marketplacce saturated with streaming services ranging from free to reasonably affordable, coming in at $19.99/month, a full $10 over the competition, means Tidal has some proving to do. Tidal is fully mobile and accessible on the Web through Chrome as well as it's iOs and Android apps. It's sleek design makes it visually appealing, but perhaps lackluster... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Documents filed by Pandora with the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) have revealed an until-now secret deal that the music streamer made with digital rights organization Merlin on behalf of 120,000+ independent record labels and distributors globally. Merlin's contract which was signed in August and includes Beggars, Epitaph, Domino, Yep Roc and many of the world's most important indie labels, pays a rate less than is now required by U.S. statue and just half of what SoundExchange was requesting that Pandora and others pay in the future. Brad Hill of RAIN, who first analyzed the filing, explains current and proposed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Last week Pandora opened up its long anticipated analytics platform, Pandora AMP, to all artists and managers. The free service provides a detailed view of the audiences of 125,000+ artists on the online radio service. Derived from tens of billions of hours of personalized listening, Pandora hopes that AMP will help artists, most of whom never receive traditional broadcast radio play, to make decisions about touring, single selection, set lists, audience targeting and more. Artist testimonials: Here's how to sign up: AMP is now available free to all artists currently playing on Pandora. Artists can sign up for the service... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora today announced that Chris Phillips has been named Chief Product Officer and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. He comes to Pandora from Amazon where he was Director of Product Management and User Experience for Amazon Digital Music. Prior to Amazon, he led the Apple QuickBooks business at Intuit as Director, Apple QuickBooks Product Management, Marketing and User Experience. Phillips has also held roles at Workspeed and Accenture. Phillips will be responsible for leading Pandora’s overarching product strategy and roadmap and partner with the tech team to develop new products. As Chief Product Officer, Phillips’ specific functional... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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This story from Hootsuite shares how Ticketleap, an event marketing and online ticketer, stood out by empowering employees to share expertise and lend personality to the business. Meet Ticketleap. This tech startup helps its customers sell more tickets to their events. But if you’ve ever created an event through Ticketleap, you know that the team leading the charge offers so much more than one-time products and services. They bring people together through events and experiences, empower and give the DIY event creators a voice, and encourage small teams, like themselves, to make a big impact. Sarah Lang, Director of Marketing... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 10.28.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit tackles the big issues that matter to musicians and the new music industry. It's happening now in Washington DC and you can watch the live stream free on both Monday and Tuesday. You'll find more info, the schedule and the live video stream here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Global music sales at Apple’s iTunes are down 13% - 14% since the start of the year, according to a new report. The reason are obvious - ubiquitous free music alongside ad-supported and paid streaming. The cure, Apple hopes, is Beats Music, which it acquired along with Beats audio for $3.2 billion. The paid music streamer will reportedly be folded into Apple's iTunes music services, informed sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Apple is is reportedly in the midst if rebuilding Beats Music to fit its design and tech platform, with the hope of relaunching it sometime next year, as... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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For many, playlists are the new radio. But who has the time to endlessly sort all of the tracks you've added into a pleasing order or re-order them when you want a change? Spotify is offering a solution to this universal problem with a new web app developed by The Echo Nest team dubbed "Sort Your Music." Sort Your Music lets users sort playlists and save them based Echo Nest parameters: Energy - The energy of a song - the higher the value, the more energtic. song Danceability - The higher the value, the easier it is to dance to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] The deadline is less than 2 weeks away to apply to showcase your music tech startup, product or new service at SXSW Accelerator 2015. The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. SXSW Accelerator is a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details: To be eligible - OVERVIEW OF THE ENTRY PROCESS Startups must apply to be considered for the SXSW Accelerator 2015 startup competition. Application fee is $200. All applications must be submitted no later by 11:59 pm on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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An international coalition of creators has joined forces to call for fairer rules and greater transparency in the distribution of royalties by digital music services. The proposals were presented in a new report on "Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age", released by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), with the support of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Music Creators North America (MCNA) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). The new report unveiled last night at CIAM's 2014 Congress in Nashville, Tennessee, marks the first... Continue reading
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Apprehenshion spread among those attending this week's CMJ Music Marathon, after it was learned that a New York City based doctor who was confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn nightclub and bowling alley The Gutter the night prior to being admitted to the hospital. The Gutter is an unofficial CMJ showcase venue. Today, CMJ has issued this statement: "We have been diligently following the news on Ebola and will continue to be proactive of the situation and circumstances. At this time CMJ will continue on as scheduled and if anything should change we will act accordingly." More... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot