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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Each year, the U.S. Library of Congress adds 25 recordings that it believes are of historic significance to its prestigious National Recording Registry. This year, The Doors, Joan Baez, The Family Stone and Radiohead are among the chosen albums. ______________________________________________ 1. Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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You know the music festival world is changing when Billy Joel is playing Bonnaroo and Paul McCartney is headlining Lollapalooza. So you'd think it would not be a surprise when Glastonbury books Kayne West. 125,000 fan disagree. ___________________________________________ More than 125,000 people have signed a petition to cancel Kanye West's... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Time is a changin' and so is the technology. Join us for a little stroll down memory lane and pay tribute to some of the finest technology no one born after 1990 will even recognize. Guest Post by Alan Cross on A Journal Of Music Things Back in my day,... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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WARNING!!! This article may shock and offend you, but give you much needed advice for advancing your music career. If you are reading this, then you would like the answer to the million dollar question, "How do I improve my music career?" Well, that may be a difficult question to... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Jay Z's recently purchased TIDAL appears to be positioning itself to be a real streaming music contender. Unlike Spotify, TIDAL is streaming Taylor Swift. Is this the first of TIDAL's rumored roster of exclusives? Taylor Swift dealt a blow to Spotify last November after she pulled all of her music... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at hypebot
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THURSDAY 3.26.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at hypebot
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Sony owned The Orchard is extending its label services with the acquisition of RoyaltyShare and a strategic investment in Korrect. Details of the deals were not disclosed, but RoyaltySare had previously received $11.5 million in venture funding. Fresh off its purchase by Sony Music, music and video distributor The Orchard... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Unsurprisingly, it didn't take digital music veteran Ethan Kaplan long to land well after the breakup of Live Nation Labs. Today Gracenote announced he's getting a prime office in their executive suite. Just how Kaplan plans to satisfy his lifelong obsession with REM remains unclear... __________________________________ Gracenote has named former... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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New on our Jobs Board are a music projects manager for NYC's Night Owl Productions, a biz dev job at live music analytics leader Jamplify and a talent buyer for LA's Citrus' venues. Click on each link to learn more and find more on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. HIRING?... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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iTunes has been actively making changes to it's US store for quite some time. After catching heat for seemingly catering to major labels, one of the iTunes store's additions is an Indie spotlight page. Found under the "Genre" tab, iTunes breaks Indie music into sub-genres featuring Indie Electric, Indie Pop,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Just days after Jay Z completed the purchase of music streamers TIDAL and WiMP, he's consolidated the brand under the TIDAL moniker, announced a global expansion and is planning a star studded relaunch event for Monday. __________________________________ TIDAL, the HD music streaming service that Jay Z purchased just last week,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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We know that Pandora and Spotify are the dominate music streamers and one can guess that younger listeners use them and similar services more than older folks do. But just how do the stats shake out and do they vary significantly by service? via Statista Related articles On The Other... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Wednesday 3.25.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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ReverbNation was among the first online companies to attract and serve a large numbers of developing artists. They've continued to add new products and innovate, but are now testing the potential of their reach in a new way with the announcement of an artist development incubator. Online artists services platform... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music managers have always been the quarterback of any artist's team. But in the new digital landscape, they're increasingly playing other important positions, as well. Now the National Conference of Personal Managers is honoring some of the business' best. Ten show business managers who guided the careers of celebrities from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Broadcast radio is asking the FCC to be allowed to accept payments to play songs with minimal disclosure. If you find that as abhorrent as we do, its time to speak out. As David Lowery wrote, "Let’s not let the bastards get away with this." Here's some background and how... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube is so popular that it was bound to attract competitors; and just-launched Vessel may have found the Google owned video giant's achilles heal - low payouts to creators. Along with details, here's how to check out Vessel for one year completely free. But you need to act fast. Vessel,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Berklee College of Music's inaugural Women's Empower Symposium, will welcome a host of female role models to discuss various topics, showcase entrepreneurialism in the music industry, and generate debate on the subject of gender diversity in the music industry. Organized and led by a group of female students pursuing their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The major labels have long seen Grooveshark as the enemy, launching lawsuits and shutting the music streamer out wherever they could. Now they've found a new ally in their ongoing battle with Grooveshark - Google. The RIAA and the major record labels have targeted Grooveshark with an unprecedented level of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube has released a collection of music videos, behind the scenes interviews, and other exclusive content featuring the 2015 YouTube Music Awards recipients as a part of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards Show, presented by Kia. YouTube hand selected some of the industry's most original music video directors to produce... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Tuesday 3.24.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The Allocation for Music Producer Act (AMP) will be presented to Congress this week with bipartisan support. The bill aims to redistribute digital royalties in a way that fairly compensates producers, mixers, and engineers. Previously left to their own devices when negotiating their fair share of digital royalty payouts, producers,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Independent music publishing and rights management company ole has acquired music marketing agency Jingle Punks in a transaction that the companies say creates one of the world’s largest production music libraries. Jingle Punks will continue to operate in Los Angeles and New York under the leadership of founders Jared Gutstadt... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube Cards allows musicians to raise funds, sell merchandise, beef up your mailing lists, announce new tour dates, and drive video views. Have you tried YouTube Cards? Here's how they can make a difference for you. Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician Cards: The Evolution of Annotations... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Both artists and their loyal listeners have expressed disdain about artist payouts (or lack thereof) - but why are streaming services like Spotify, who are seemingly so successful, paying the artists that attract listeners so little? Jack Stratton tries to calculate an answer. Take a single stream of "The Birdwatcher"... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot