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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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In this every two week update from the Synchtank team, we'll review the important placements and major happenings in the wild and wonderful world of music supervision and music sync. _______________________________ By Emma Griffiths of Synchtank and their Synchblog Film and TV BlacKkKlansman Features an Unreleased Prince Song on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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An eMarketer analysis predicts that Pandora will continue to see its U.S. user base decline slowly over the next few years, while Spotify will have double digit growth. Pandora currently has 75.9 million total paid and free users in the U.S. vs. 58.4 million for Spotify, according to eMarketer. But... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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Pandora has named Heidi Anne-Noel to the new post of Senior Manager, Communications. She will oversee outreach to the music press and music industry. Anne-Noel comes to Pandora from Press Here. She previously served as VP of Publicity at Capitol Records. • Digital ticketing service and event platform Eventbrite announced... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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House of Blues is completely eliminating plastic straws from all of its venues. A “straw-by-request” policy was implemented at 52 Live Nation-owned and -operated venues and 50 House of Blues Entertainment venues in July. Now, HOB is going farther. In partnership with environmental group Lonely Whale, Live Nation is on... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at hypebot
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As with any other industry, those in the music business earn money from transactions. In this piece we hear from Sara Dempsy, an expert and building and maintaining relationships with digital stores like Sony Music, The Orchard, and Interscope. _________________________________ Guest post by Sara Dempsy for Indie Ninja Relationships are... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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In a major reversal, Ticketmaster has shut down its UK secondary retail sites, Get Me In and Seatwave, switching instead to a price-capped system that is integrated into the primary platform. Ticketmaster's TicketesNow and Ticketmaster Resale in North America still allow a markup price for ticket resale. No new tickets... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 8.14.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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The Orchard has released the latest album in its Ten Bands One Cause series with a limited edition pink vinyl disc featuring tracks from Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, El-P of Run The Jewels, Local Natives, Tyler Childers, The All-American Rejects, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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City National Bank has acquired Exactuals, the LA based creator of entertainment industry payment system PaymentHub. In 2017, City National participated in a $10 million funding round for Exactuals. Details of today's deal were not disclosed. Mike Hurst will remain CEO of Exactuals. He and the firm’s other executives are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Jonathan Stone of original song marketplace Rocket Songs joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. Music publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry that has been mostly undisrupted by the tech and data revolution. Rocket Songs is working change that and democratize music publishing. Music publishing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The music business is a difficult career path, particularly when you’re first starting out. We try to share advice to make that journey easier hear on Hypebot and one of our most trusted sources is Bobby Owsinski. His new release, The Music Business Advice Book, is already the #1 music... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Warner Bros. shark-thriller “The Meg” took top honors at the box office this weekend, earning an $44.5M in North American theaters and $141.3M worldwide, according to estimates compiled by comScore. Featuring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, and Rainn Wilson, the film tells the sordid tale of a giant prehistoric megalodon shark... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Last night's Teen Choice Awards were held at the Forum in Los Angeles last night. The 2018 awards were hosted by Nick Cannon and Lele Pons and featured performances by Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor, Khalid and Lauv. Full List Of Teen Choice Award Winners 2018 MUSIC Choice Male Artist Bruno... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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MONDAY 8.13.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot this week explored Tim Cook's feeling re: Apple Music's money losses, examined evidence that the end of the album has come, Soundcloud's leg up over Spotify and more! How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me? Audius Raises $5.5M For... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In this perusal back through a crowded week of music industry news, we revisit streaming music's third wave in the form of emerging markets, the Spotify/Samsung combo challenge Apple Music, Musical.ly bets big on internet radio, and much, much more. Streaming Music’s Third Wave: Emerging Markets Spotify, Samsung Counter Apple... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Music and media industry analysts MIDiA have just published a report that dives deep into how streaming is, and in some cases is not, gaining traction in emerging markets. The report, summarized here, focuses on Russia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, China and India. The report ‘Emerging Music Markets: Streaming’s... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A major Spotify and Samsung partnership makes the streamer the prefered music partner across all of the company's consumer products. The South Korean tech giant manufacturers phones, tablets, computers, smart watches, speakers and other popular consumer electronics. Samsung is seen as Apple's top rival. __________________________ Thanks to @SamsungMobileUS for making... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify announced a partnership with Samsung that makes it the preferred music provider for the consumer electronics giant's tens of millions of devices. The deal not only gives Spotify access to Samsung's massive customer base, but offers Apple-like seamless music integration across devices. ________________________________ To announce and explain the Samsung... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles is accepting letters of inquiry for its 2019 grant cycle. Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects and audio scientific research. The program’s aim is to advance the archiving of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Merch is becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for artists and bands on the road, but for artists merchandise isn't only sometimes difficult to sell, but can also be a creative challenge when try to think up interesting and innovative items that fans will want to buy. Here we... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Early investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio. Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment. Spoon bills itself as the first social radio mobile application. Launched... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 8.10.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, have discovered an old tour van that once belonged to Aerosmith. The dilapidated van was located in the woods in Chesterfield, Massachusetts, a town of about 1,200 residents 100 miles west of Boston, according to AP. According... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot