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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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This weeks most popular and widely read posts on Hypebot took a a look at the recent Oakland warehouse tragedy, 2017's Grammy nominees, the beggining of the music streaming price wars, and much more. 36 Dead, Two 100% Silk Label Artists Missing After Oakland, CA Warehouse Party Fire Grammy Nominees... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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As we cycle back through another full and exciting week of important music industry news, we revisit T Swift and Zayn Malik's new duet, Spotify's ending of SoundCloud talks, Pandora's new premium option, as well as much more. Taylor Swift. Zayn Malik Release Surprise "50 Shades Darker" Duet "I Don't... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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YouTube announced this week that that it paid $1 billion in royalties to the music industry in the last year. Global music industry trade group, IFPI, countered that was not nearly enough, compared to Spotify payouts which were said to be 18X greater. But, as we did, Hypebot readers, are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Just before midnight last night, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik released a duet, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," without notice. The surprise release is the first song from the upcoming film,"Fifty Shades Darker." ________________________________ Just before midnight on Thursday, Taylor Swift tweeted the surprise release of a new track with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube has reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association over unpaid songwriting royalties. Similar to the NMPA’s recent deal with Spotify, this estimated $40 million settlement addresses the large numbers of songs with missing or incorrect data about their songwriters and the music publishers that represent them, leaving... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride. For what we're pretty certain is the third time, SoundCloud has reportedly been left at the aquistion alter by Spotify. __________________________________ Spotify has ended talks to acquire SoundCloud, a source familiar with the talks tells TechCrunch. During previous talks between the two streaming... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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FRIDAY 12.9.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Spotify + SoundCloud would have been a powerful, if expensive, match. Perhaps it will happen post IPO. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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At a press event earlier this week in New York City, Pandora unveiled its paid Spotify competitor. Schedule to launch early next year, Pandora Premium is centered around the not terribly revolutionary idea of auto-magically delivering the music that users actually want to hear. _________________________________ Pandora has finally unveiled Pandora... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Earlier this week, YouTube shared that it had paid in excess of $1 billion to the music industry in the last 12 months. It's an impressive number; but not nearly big enough, according to global major label trade group the IFPI, who says that even the much maligned Spotify... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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SFX has emerged from Chapter 11 smaller, more focused and with a new name and CEO. Randy Phillips has the chops, but does the company still have the resources to save EDM's Titanic and does the live music really need another global competitor? ________________________________ SFX Entertainment has emerged from Chapter... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Warner Music Group reported 21% growth in digital for the last quarter on Thursday, as losses narrowed to $3 million from $23 million in the same quarter last year. Net income for the full year was $30 million versus a net loss of $88 million in the prior year. _______________________________... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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New CEO Randy Phillips Thursday 12.8.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Can a new name and CEO save a failed SFX? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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A forward thinking and brave group of music industry figures traveled to Palestine in November with Palestinian artists ahead of the inaugural Palestine Music Expo (PMX). Basic industry infrastructure and travel restrictions topped the agenda. ________________________________ Music journalist Larry LeBlanc was one of a select group of music industry figures... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Instagram shared year-end data that highlights the social photo app's evolution in the music space with Fast Company. Highlights include: 5 out of the 10 most-followed Instagram accounts are music related. Kanye West joined Instagram in 2016, as did the Gorillaz, who used Instagram Stories to announce its first... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A local language version of Soundcloud's paid subscription streaming music service Soundcloud Go has launched in Germany. It's priced at s 9,99 € ($10.75 USD) per month for full access to 135 million tracks. More details here. Related articles Soundcloud Subscription Tier Is Coming Guvera Fails To Pay U.S. and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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For the first time ever, the recording industry made more money from vinyl album sales than downloaded albums in the UK last week. According to figures published by the Entertainment Retailers Association, vinyl accounted for sales of £2.4m ($3m USD), while downloads took in £2.1m ($2.6M). The ERA suggested that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In this week's edition of the Pandora Predictions Chart, some notable up-and-comers include nineteen-year-old rapper/singer Lil Peep, even younger Atlanta rapper Kodie Shane, and Dutch chill trap DJ San Holo. __________________________ Guest post by Emily Blake of Next Big Sound Yung Lean may continue his reign this week on top... Continue reading
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Apple Music has 20 million subscribers 18 months after launch, according to stats released by Apple. But the music industry expected more, and so apparently do some Apple executives. ____________________________________ Apple Music has passed 20 million subscribers, an increase of 15% in the last 3 months. Apple also shared that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 12.7.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Apple Music's 20 million paid subscribers is impressive after 17 months, but far less than the industry expected. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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In the crowded ticketing sector, Eventbrite has innovated their way into a $5 billion niche in self-service ticketing, today adding a Bandsintown partnership. _____________________________________ Indie ticketing platform Eventbrite and concert discovery app Bandsintown have announced a partnership that integrates the two platforms in ways that should help sell more tickets.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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One of the most requested additions of Sonos users - the ability to control Sonos wireless speakers directly from the Spotify app using the music streamer's Connect feature - is now live for all Premium users after a month in beta. ________________________ Here's a video intro. Get more details here.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
The Nobel Prize committee has announced that winner Bob Dylan has penned a speech that will be read during this year's ceremony. Who will read the speech is unclear. At the Nobel awards ceremony earlier in the day, Patti Smith will perform Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." _______________________________ Related... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATED: Amid ongoing label driven furor over the size of payments to musicians and the music industry, YouTube has shared a big number - $1 billion. That's the amount that it has paid the music industry in the last 12 months. _____________________________ YouTube shared on Tuesday that it has paid... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Investigations have been launched into the cause of the deadly fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship. But even as the death toll climbs to 36, questions are being asked about its affect on ad hoc performance spaces and affordable housing for creatives elsewhere. _______________________________ Inside Ghost Ship Investigators in the deadly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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In special end of year report, we take a unique look at some revenue figures from the year in music business. Rather than sorting revenue by type of right, this report organizes revenue by product category, and as such provides a new perspective on the business of songs. _______________________ Guest... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot