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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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In this round of our weekly review of music industry news, we looked at what artists need in order to triumph in their battle against the DMCA, why HBO opted to stop pressing new episodes of 'Vinyl,' New York's steps to criminalize ticket bots, and more. Music Industry Needs More... Continue reading
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Patent infringement lawsuits, both valid and unjustified, are a fact of life in tech. As the value of music streaming has grown, so have the legal action surrounding it. Spotify and iHeartMedia are the latest targets. _____________________________________ Spotify and iHeartMedia are being sued over allegations that they are infringing on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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It is too early to know the full affect of yesterday's vote by Britains to leave the European Union, but its almost universally believed that the musicians and the music industry will be hit hard. Here's the latest Brexit reaction from across the music industry. _______________________________________ The Music Industry Reacts... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Adele's '25' is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon and all music streamers. It's a major reversal for the mega-star and a win for music streamers. __________________________________________ 7 months after a November release, Adele's "25" is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon and other music... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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​ FRIDAY 6.24.16 Music Business News From Around The Web LIVE VIDEO, LIVE VIDEO, LIVE VIDEO. Updated continuously under our More News ​ Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Earlier today an LA jury ruled that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening chords of the iconic hit "Stairway To Heaven." This afternoon, Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige of Led Zeppelin and label Warner Music Group each released official statements. ___________________________________________________ STATEMENTS FROM LED ZEPPELIN AND WARNER MUSIC GROUP... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Pandora’s New Music Stations surpassed 1 million station adds in 24 hours after launching last Wednesday. That's an impressive milestone and great exposure for the emerging artists added weekly to these stations. _____________________________________________________ Last week Pandora added 9 curated weekly playlists of newly releases designed to promote music discovery. In... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Adele's "25" is finally coming to all music streamers starting at midnight tonight (June 23rd). It's a major reversal for the mega-star and a win for music streamers. __________________________________________ The UK may Brexit the EU tonight, but at the country's most successful export, Adele, is finally coming to streaming music.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the opening chords of the iconic hit "Stairway To Heaven," a Los Angeles jury ruled today. It's a case that could have cost $10's of millions in back and future royalties, but may still help reshape modern copyright law. It took a jury in Los... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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HBO may have cancelled music industry drama "Vinyl," but we've got 4 DVDs of its one and only season to give away. Just tell us your favorite true story about the music industry and we'll pick four winners. Maybe you lived it or maybe its legendary, but either way we... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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This week's Make Music Day 2016 surpassed all milestones with people in more than 700 cities and across 120 countries re-imagining their cities as stages, using music to engage, unite and educate. Two industry leaders involved in this global reminder of the power of song reflect on just how essential... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The Music Business Association announced Thursday that its Music Biz convention will return to Nashville for the third consecutive year from May 15 - 18, 2017 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. __________________________________________________ Mark your calendar: After another successful convention, the Music Business Association's Music Biz convention will return to Nashville... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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You'd think that Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terrance Winter producing a show about the glory days of the music industry would be a recipe for success. It wasn't. ____________________________________________________ In a surprise move, premium cable network HBO announced that it was canceling its expensive music industry drama "Vinyl." The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 6.23.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Could Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" trial be the tipping point that forces copyright reform? Updated continuously under our More News tab ​ Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud is now competing directly against Spotify, Apple Music and others. So it's adding features to match them. With 125 million tracks on SoundCloud vs. about 35 million on Spotify and Apple, solving music discovery is a big issue. ___________________________________________________________ Today SoundCloud began rolling out a newest discovery feature, Suggested... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Alongside today's announcement that Spotify would be selling merchandise from 35,000 artists thanks to a new partnership with Merchbar, was a mention that offers from BandPage would no longer be offered on the music streamer. __________________________________________ BandPage "offers," which include t-shirts and merchandise alongside VIP events at concerts and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Apex Twin has not released a video since 1999's "Windowlocker." That changed when AT's Richard D. James stumbled across Ryan Wyer's YouTube channel. With less than 900 subscribers, the 12 year old's YouTube presence is far from overwhelming. But James liked what he saw and commissioned him to do a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] With current royalty deals already leading to unprofitable businesses, Spotify, Pandora and other music streamers have been turning to add-ons to try to keep artist and labels happy. For Spotify, that's meant free robust analytics thanks to its acquisition of The Echo Nest, and concert listings with buy links... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Kickstarter was the original music crowdfunding platform. Amanada Palmer raised more than a $1 million there, and countless music projects by independent artists were funded. Since then, PledgeMusic and others have gained traction in music, but Kickstarter has started reasserted itself an essential tool for musicians. ____________________________________________ By Matt Voyno... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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There has been a great deal of criticism of the court settlement that Ticketmaster reached over unfair charges. But whatever your position, there's no point in not taking advantage of the free and discounted tickets made available this week. That's, if you act in time. ___________________________________________ Making good on the... Continue reading
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[UPDATED] Ever since Spotify bought The Echo Nest and Pandora acquired Next Big Sound, there's been a need of truly independent music analytics. Soundcharts is among a small handful of startups working to fill the void. _________________________________________________ Real­ time music data aggregator Soundcharts has completed a $360,000 seed round. Investors... Continue reading
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Wednesday 6.22.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Video, more video, everywhere. Updated continuously under our More News tab. ​ Continue reading
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This graphic Guide to Starting and Building a Successful Youtube Channel covers just about everything from setting up profiles, buying the right equipment, content ideas, monetization and much more. And it does all in a handy infographic. via WeAreTop10 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Troubled EDM conglomerate SFX Entertainment [SFXE] has issued a statement clarifying the announcement on Friday that has terminated its pre-Chapter 11 Restructuring Agreement and entered into direct talks with bondholders and creditors. ____________________________________ Jennifer E. Mercer, Senior Vice President of Epiq, which has been retained by SFX to lead the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot