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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Friday 8.26.16 Music Business News From Around The Web YouTube is smartly adding a suite of direct to fan features. Is BandPage integration next? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 43 minutes ago at hypebot
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Country hitmaker Jason Aldean may be one of the 17 founding artist co-owners of TIDAL, but he will still keep his new album off ALL streaming music services for at least a month, Hypebot has learned. Aldean's "They Don't Know" will be released on Broken Bow on September 9th. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Songkick has added $15 million in funding. The startup has established itself as a leader in online concert listings, thanks to partnerships with Spotify, MTV, YouTube, SoundCloud and others. But efforts to expand its artist ticketing platform have been slowed by Ticketmaster and other established players. _______________________________________ Songkick has added... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify now has 39 million paying subscribers, up 9 million from 30 million in March. By comparison, Apple Music announced 15 million in June and TIDAL has about 4 million paying users. The new stats were shared by Spotify's recent high profile hire Troy Carter who also shared the music... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Being a DJ is more lucrative than ever, at least according to the latest 'who is making the most money' report from Forbes. Calvin Harris tops the list with $63 million, but 9 more DJs earned in the double digit millions last year. ____________________________________ Top 10 Earning DJs 2016 More... Continue reading
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17 injured concert goers are suing Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation. Safety at shows became the issue it always deserved to be several summers ago after a spectacular stage collapse at a state fair. Then came the age of terrorism, with public gatherings a popular target. Now there's... Continue reading
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Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus has pleaded guilty to lying to police in connection to a suitcase full of cash recovered from a Sydney hotel in 2011. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, McManus, 55, entered a plea of guilty in answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the... Continue reading
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In a recent 'takeover,' designed to spark listener interest, Gucci Mane took over the popular Atlanta hip-hop station The ATL, resulting in an appreciable bump in the artist's popularity. _____________________________ Guest Post by Glenn Peoples of Pandora The key takeaway: Gucci Mane’s “takeover” campaign at Pandora's The ATL station led... Continue reading
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Thursday 8.25.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Tired of hearing about Frank Ocean. vs. Big Label? This story is far from over Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
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Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year. ________________________________________ After being forced in bankruptcy, French independent music company naïvehas been purchased by Believe Digital. Believe said they will... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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An already dwindling number of online music site - or too often, music celebrity click bait engines - may be about to get a good bit smaller with news that perpetually struggling online publisher SpinMedia is for sale. ____________________________ SpinMedia music sites include SPIN, Vibe, Death and Taxes, Stereogum, Idolator,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Questlove is getting creative with Pandora. Change happens slowly at the music streamer, particularly when its comes to its consumer offering. But teaming with the Roots drummer may hint at a new Pandora as it preps the launch of its own Spotify and Apple Music competitor as early as next... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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You spent the time, energy, and money creating a music video. Now what? The team at CyberPR has come answers. Posting your video to YouTube won't accrue the views you want unless you have a bit of strategy. Here are 8 ways to maximize your video's potential on YouTube. ____________________________________... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Most artist would rather focus on their creative output than getting bogged down with the business side of things. That said, marketing is an inherent part of being a successful artist, so we're offering five marketing truths musicians can apply when "selling" their act. ____________________________ Guest Post by Dave Ruch... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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WEDNESDAY 8.24.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Frank Ocean has triggered an overdue debate over release exclusives while also affirming the growing power of the direct to fan connection and diminishing value of record labels. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
Just wanted to point out a limitation in this study. Uploads and traffic are two very different things, particularly on YouTube. Think about 1000 wedding video upload that get a total of 30,000 plays vs. 1 Kayne clip that gets played 700,000 times.
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Spotify's contracts with all 3 major labels have lapsed. That's not news to any of use who follow the music industry, but what is new is a report that talks are stalled over Spotify's request to pay a smaller percentage of its income to labels and artists. ________________________________________ Spotify's contracts... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Although the music industry has for some time operated under the assumption that music related content made up 40% of YouTube videos, news and drastically different data from Pexeso, offers some very different numbers, suggesting some of the low payout related anger targeted at YoutTube may be misplaced. ____________________________________ Guest... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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New Soundcloud stats show just how big its footprint is, both in terms of listenership and the size of its music catalog. Most of their listeners are free, however; and monetizing them, along with making such a massive catalog user friendly, present a challenge. ______________________________________ SoundCloud announced today that it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Self-funded startup Mixcloud has quietly reached the million curator milestone. This achievement stands in sharp contrast to headlines touting millions in new funding alongside high profile failures by music tech startups like Crowdmix, Guvera and CUR. __________________________________________ Online radio platform Mixcloud announced that more than 1 million uploaders have contributed... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 8.23.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Amazon wants to do what Amazon does - make things cheaper - but artists and labels will net that much less. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Last week Apple Music announced a new deal with hip hop powerhouse Cash Money Records, which will officially begin with a documentary about the label and its founder. Now the trailer has been released. "It’s official… Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music,’ Cash Money Records founder Bryan... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Streaming music users love playlists and use them to drive their music consumption, according to a new survey and infographic just released by the analysts at Music Watch. ________________________________ 90% of music streamers have listened to or created a playlist, according to a new study by Music Watch. Paid subscribers... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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On Tuesday Deezer responded to yesterday's story that the CEO of its Deezer's North American division had exited for another startup. The music streamer officially launched its $9.99 per month online music service in the U.S. last month. _________________________________ UPDATE: "Tyler Goldman left Deezer to pursue a new challenge and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot