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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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As we reported on Friday, thanks to a new plug-in from Torrents-Time, Pirate Bay has just become the world's biggest free video streaming site, and others like KickAssTorrent have pledged to follow suit. We speculated that free music streaming was right around the corner; and now, Torrent-Time has confirmed a... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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Merlin, the global digital rights agency for independent labels has announced that it is reducing the administration fee for deals with members by 20% from 2.5% of revenues to 2%. This marks the 5th time in 4 years that Merlin has reduced admin fees. They are now almost a quarter... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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As the biggest bull in the barn, Live Nation and its Ticketmaster subsidiary are easy targets; and too often they've painted the bulls eye on their own forehead. But Live Nation's behavior does not violate anti-trust regulations, according to a Circuit Court of Appeals. Live Nation scored a legal victory... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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Monday 2.8.2016 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web The fallout from the SFX bankruptcy will eventually touch almost every corner of the music industry. Updated continuously under our More News tab here. Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at hypebot
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It's been a busy week in the music industry , as we take a moment to revisit Sillerman's departure from SFX, Guns 'N Roses awkwardly band-free VIP experience, the RIAA's inclusion (finally) of streaming into album certifications, and more. Sillerman Forced Out As SFX CEO, Will Resign Within 60 Days... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The granddaddy of torrent trackers, Pirate Bay, has already had nine lives. But it just grew a second head with thanks to a new browser plug in that effectively turns it into the worlds largest streaming site. For now, the browser is aimed at video streaming, but music is inevitably... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Superbowl 50 mania is in full swing and, as with all marketing extravaganzas, music plays central roll. Twitter has a list of 15 music related influencers that you MUST FOLLOW prior to kickoff and the music of the music of David Bowie, Li'l Wayne and Janelle Monáe, are all anchoring... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The bankruptcy judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring of SFX Entertainment has agreed to let the company draw on $80 million of the $115 million loan which bond holders have extended to the struggling company. _______________________________________________ Maybe those Beatport checks will keep flowing to artists and labels for a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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After keeping her new "Adele 25" album purposely on-demand streaming music services, today Adele released her new single "When We Were Young" to Spotify and other on-demand streaming music services. It's a well timed move that will help her stay at or near the top of the charts. ___________________________________ After... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Although primarily famous for his work as a musician, David Bowie (with the help of a Wall Street investor) is also notable for being one of the first artists to use celebrity bonds as a means of extricating himself from his financial woes. _________________________ Guest Post by Eduardo Loret de... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Friday 2.5.2016 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web I'd love to tell you that Spotify, WMG pledging to share Spotify IPO cash with artists is a turning point, but its not. Updated continuously under our More News tab here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Hypebot editor and publisher Bruce Houghton will head West next week to co-host another San Francisco Music and Tech Meetup on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 7-10PM at Upcider in San Francisco. RSVP info below. Come out and spend an evening with the bright minds and brilliant talents of SF's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Crotch grabbing, middle finger pointing Robert Sillerman was controversial as the head of Clear Channel Concerts (now Live Nation) and his "screw you" attitude only become more pronounced as he rolled up the world of EDM in the publicly traded conglomerate SFX Entertainment. Robert Sillerman will resign within 60 days... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Brands matter and protecting a big brand is big business. A small underground Los Angeles festival is learning that lesson the hard way after riffing on the name of the mighty Coachella. ______________________________________ Is all PR good PR? Coachella Music Festival organizers Goldenvoice have sued an underground festival promoter underground... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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I'm so used to reporting how much major label groups lose each quarter, that I had to read these results several times before believing them: Warner Music Group reported a substantial profit in the first quarter of this fiscal year. after losing $41 million in the same quarter last year.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Thursday 2.4.2016 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web We were promised the gamefication of music, but we're getting the musification of games. Updated continuously under our More News tab here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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No event has more second screen action than the Super Bowl. Its is as much about pop culture as it is about the actual game, with the halftime show usually the most buzzed about moment. Twitter shared this list of 15 performers, musician/fans and others to follow ahead of #SB50.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
In the history of music audits I'm note either of those things have ever happened.
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The fallout from this week's SFX bankruptcy filing is just starting with promoters exploring buybacks and staffers planning their exits. In addition to companies who sold to SFX but are still waiting for payment, are dozens of small and medium sized business that must absorb major losses. By Dave Brooks... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Did you know Jay Z's Tidal has a TV show? Is does. The music streamer has picked up the exclusive on Season 2 of the popular web series Money & Violence. Watch the trailer: Related articles Will Jay Z's Tidal Service Have a Hard Knock Life? Last Week Jay Z... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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SoundExchange has announced record royalty payments to artists in 2015. $802.6 million was paid out, but the year's 4% growth was the slowest in the digital performing right's organization's 8 year history. ________________________________________ SoundExchange announced a new record with total year-end royalty payments reaching $802.6 million (up 4 percent from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 2.3.2016 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web I'm surprised that the launch of Faction is not getting more attention. It could be a real disruptor. Updated continuously under our More News tab here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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The Weeknd grabbed 6 nominations for the 2016 Juno Awards; and Justin Bieber and Drake each received 5. The show, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will air live on April 3rd. Here is the full list of nominees: JUNO Fan Choice Award Presented by TD... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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"Sit back, tune in and discover." That's the pitch for the major new Stations feature, which just launched on the SoundCloud apps for iOS and Android. ______________________________________ As it completes its licensing deals and readies a paid subscription service launch, SoundcCloud is rolling out new features that focus on music... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot