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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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It’s a music copyright case that set rapper Jay-Z against the relative of an Egyptian composer virtually unheard of in the United States and entangled him, or least his lawyers, in an obscure foreign law that protects artists who object to alterations of their work. ______________________________ On Friday, the Ninth... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Prince’s estate is suing a Massachusetts man, claiming he illegally uploaded the late rock icon’s music to YouTube. The estate is accusing Kian Andrew Habib, a man from the town of Norfolk, Massachusetts, of uploading six different videos of Prince performing live in concert. The videos, which have since been... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 12.12.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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Apple has acquired Shazam, the company confirmed on Monday. The deal for the music and audio recognition app is reported to be worth $400 million. Shazam had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and music groups Sony, Universal and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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From Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there’s no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model. It doubled down on providing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Music Biz Weekly Podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have discussed plans to market and promote an album or tour. But, do you have a plan for when your tour ends or your album has run it's course? It begins with removing messaging that is promoting something that is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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When tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour went on sale via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan pre-sale program, the complexity of the system and the high ticket prices have pushed some would-be concertgoers out. Swift employed Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program in an effort to stave off ticket scalpers, but the program requires fans... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The weekend proved to be a bit of a sleeper for movie box office results, with last week’s champion, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” staying at the top of the heap. The animated musical adventure added $18.3M in North America and $73.6M worldwide over the weekend, pushing its cumulative worldwide gross to $274... Continue reading
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MONDAY 12.11.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Apple is reportedly days away from acquiring music and audio recognition app Shazam for a $400 million. The startup, which had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, DN Capital and IVP, as well as, Sony Music, Universal Music and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In this cycle back through a very much full week of music industry news, we're revisiting the rough life of corporate radio, a new deal between Spotify and China's Tencent, YouTube's plan for a Spotify competitor, and much more. Corporate Radio Takes A Big Hit (Again) Spotify, China's Tencent Announce... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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This week, the most popular articles from Hypebot covered the three major mistakes musicians still continue to make on social media, Spotify's admission that it streamed 300k songs illegally, some important etiquette for opening bands, and more. 3 Mistakes Musicians STILL Make On Social Media ​ [Cyber PR] Spotify Admits... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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SONGS Music Publishing will sell its extensive catalog to Kobalt, both companies announced on Friday. Songs controls the music catalogs of The Weeknd, Lorde, Diplo and more. Sources close to the deal put the price at $160 million. Kobalt Music Publishing is already the home to the catalogs of Paul... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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I n a deal certain to cause concern among labels and music publishers, Spotify, China's Tencent Holdings and its subsidiary Tencent Music today announced joint equity investments that strengthen their bargaining power exponentially. RELATED: Spotify, China's Tencent Announce Deal That Strengthens Their Negotiating Power Exponentially Here is the full text... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Spotify, China's Tencent Holdings and its subsidiary Tencent Music today announced joint equity investments, strengthening the ties and the bargaining power of the two most popular music streaming platforms in the world. ________________________________ China's Tencent and Spotify will acquire new shares representing minority equity stakes in each other for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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As organically reaching your fanbase via socially media has become increasingly challenging, artists may often be inclined to give up hope and instead seek to connect with fans via paid social media campaigns - messenger bots, however, provide a better solution. ________________________ Guest post from The Message Everyone knows that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube is planning a March launch of a music service internally dubbed Remix, according to a new report. The move comes amidst increasing calls for YouTube to return more revenue to creators and rightsholders, and will be the streamer's third attempt at getting users to pay. _____________________________ Google's YouTube is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 12.8.17 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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Amazon Music Unlimited, the third most popular music streamer in the US, is expanding to 28 new countries, mostly in Europe and and South America. ________________________________________ Since first launching in the US in October of 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited has expanded to the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. Today it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Despite a great deal of uncertainty surrounding its finances and future, 2017 was a big year musically for he platform and the artists that use it. To look back at the top achievements of the year, they'v broken down their achievements into 17 varied categories from hip-hop, pop, dance and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Three successful artist-management companies - Zeitgeist, Lever and Beam, and Barsuk - have teamed to form a new venture, Brilliant Corners Management. The new company will bring artists including Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie, New Pornographers, She & Him and St. Vincent under one banner. Founding partners at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] News that President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent shock waves through the region. For a growing group of musicians and music industry professionals, it was another reminder of how difficult it will be to attain their goal - exporting Palestinian music and culture on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 12.7.17 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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Global indie digital rights agency Merlin has announced results of its biennial board elections, including Dave Hansen, Epitaph’s SVP of Business Development, replacing Beggars Group founder Martin Mills as the new Chairman. This year saw the highest ever number of candidates standing for election, as well the highest ever percentage... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Two journalists set out "hack" Spotify with a painfully bad track by a fictional artist boosted by plays purchased from a shady music "promotion" company. They not only succeeded, but found it surprisingly easy. ___________________________________________ A lack of musical talent should never keep you from recording a completely terrible song.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot