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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Classical music powerhouse Naxos of America today joined a growing list of labels and distributors pulling it's 1.8 million track, 80,000 album owned and distributed catalog from eMusic due to " continued non-payment, as well as non-reporting." Naxos of America issued this statement: “The decision to remove our content from... Continue reading
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.. BEWARE! There are a lot of experts, people who claim to have figured IT out and those with guaranteed methods to get there faster. This week the Music Biz Weekly podcast is all about the old saying... if it's too good to be true, it is. There is no... Continue reading
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The statistics for women in country music could not be more stark. Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic. BuzzAngle... Continue reading
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Artists and record labels are losing $2.7 billion in revenue each year because many small business owners use their $10 per month personal accounts to stream music in their retail shops and cafes, rather than pay for a $35 per month commercial license. "Personal music services are not designed for... Continue reading
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A complete list of all the deadlines and dates for the 2019 Grammy Awards including nominations, voting and the celebration itself. First round voting begins this week. The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 First Round of Voting Opens Wednesday,... Continue reading
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BMG has acquired independent world music label, World Circuit, home to Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré and Orchestra Baobab. The label's Nick Gold will join BMG to develop new projects. Grammy winning Buena Vista Social Club has the most successful world music album of all time with sales... Continue reading
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Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal, UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform. The global agreement, excluding China and Japan, includes payment for previous use of UMG music. WMG... Continue reading
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Apple has acquired streaming analytics startup Asaii to bolster Apple Music. First word of the deal came when Asaii founder and CEO Sony Theakanath changed his Linkedin to reflect his employment at Apple Music. Without explanation, the startup announced it was shutting down in September, with an acquisition rumored. The... Continue reading
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MONDAY 10.15.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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It's been a busy week for the music industry, so we're taking a moment to check back on some of the major events from the past seven days, including the American Music Awards hitting an all time low, some key stats from Spotify's 10th anniversary, the dismissal of Coachella's radius... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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A song and video inspired by Trump's post-Kavanaugh comments that it's "a scary time to be a boy," has gone viral. Texas A &M instructor Lynzy Lab wrote and record "A Scary Time" which has 11.2 million views on Twitter and 121K retweets along with more than a 1.1 million... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was introduced by Trump as, "in the world of music [he] is big stuff." But key industry players were invited, then uninvited to the signing of the bipartisan Music Modernization Act Reasons for the disinvitations were not disclosed, but President Trump is known to use... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has released its Music Consumer Insight Report 2018. The study examines how consumers in key demographics engage with recorded music across twenty of the world’s largest markets for music. _____________________ 86% streaming music 57% of 16-24-year-olds using a paid audio streaming service... Continue reading
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Even for those less interested in sports, the Super Bowl has often gained national attention for its pricey commercials and star-studded halftime shows. Here Fred Jacobs reflects on the significance of past performances and speculates on who might grace the field in 2019. __________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of... Continue reading
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FRIDAY 10.12.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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[UPDATED] The Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump today. The multifaceted legislation had widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of antiquated licensing laws. But what is the MMA and what does it mean for you? The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) packaged together several music... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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The Music Modernization Act is finally the law of the land. With Kid Rock at his side, President Trump signed the bill on Thursday in the White House's Roosevelt Room. Almost universally approved of by the music industry, the multifaceted copyright and royalty legislation passed both Houses of Congress on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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President Trump signed the sweeping Music Modernization Act into law today in a Roosevelt room ceremony. Kanye West was missing in action as Kid Rock, members of Mercy Me, Jeff Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, John Rich of Big & Rich, Tracy Morgan, Sam... Continue reading
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President Trump is signing the Music Modernization Act at 11:45 ET today, Thursday October 11th. Kanye West, Kid Rock and music industry leaders are expected to attend. Watch Trump Sign Music Modernization Act Today At 11:45ET: Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Concert discovery platform Bandsintown announced the launch of The Bandsintown Studio, a dedicated performance space located at the new Velvet Underground Experience exhibition, which opened on Oct. 10th. The Velvet Underground Experience is billed as a multi-media art and music exhibition, focusing on the early NYC roots of the pioneering... Continue reading
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The Genius crowd-driven lyrics database is now available on Apple Music as part of an expanded partnership. Apple Music subscribers who visit Genius will also be able to play full tracks from the song page by signing into their Apple Music account. Genius now provides the lyrics to thousands of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Nielsen ratings for the American Music Awards broadcast on Tuesday night slipped to an all-time low. The three-hour show drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, with 6.5 million viewers tuning in on ABC. NBC's The Voice, pulled more than 9 million viewers and CBS crime drama NCIS scored more... Continue reading
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Utopia Music, a blockchain powered music tracking platform has acquired technology development company ISPY Group. The acquisition will help Utopia Music scale and expand. ISPY Group is expected to be fully incorporated into Utopia Music AG by the end of the year. Utopia's head office will continue to run out... Continue reading
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THURSDAY 10.11.18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab Continue reading
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President Trump is expected to sign the Music Modernization Act at 11:45 ET today, Thursday October 11th. Kanye West, who has been confirmed for lunch at The White House today, will be joined by Kid Rock for the signing, according to multiple sources. Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot