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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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While presenting at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, said he views plans for legislation to fight digital scalpers on the secondary market as unrealistic. ___________________________________ “As long as the market’s gigantic, you’ll have sophisticated players trying to figure out how to monetize it. My instincts... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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The RIAA may have slowed down on lawsuits against average customers, but its continuing to fight grassroots piracy on another front by working with aggressive copyright takedown service Rightscorp. The major label trade group, along with indie BMG, are the copyright cop's biggest customers. _______________________________ The RIAA and BMG are... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Two jobs listings point to a major expansions of Spotify's ambitions to include music hardware with voice control. While details are scarce, they hint at a wearable device "akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles." ___________________________________ Snapchat is building eyewear, Facebook is building 360 cameras, and now... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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Neil Young is pivoting his hi-res and high cost Pono Music download service to streaming. The as yet unlaunched subscription service will be called Xstream. _________________________ Neil Young is pivoting his efforts to bring higher quality audio to the masses from downloads to streaming. In a post to users of... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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Digital music veteran Chris Harrison has been named the CEO of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade group representing Spotify, Apple, Pandora and other online distributors of digital music, movies and books. ________________________________ Former Pandora, Sirius XM executive Chris Harrison has been named CEO of the Digital Media Association... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at hypebot
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Struggling under the weight of $20 billion in debt, broadcast radio conglomerate iHeartMedia has admitted to investors that it may not survive 2017. _________________________________ Late last week iHeartMedia announced that its next quarterly report to investors will include a warning “as to our ability to continue as a going concern”... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at hypebot
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Monday 4.24.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Live Nation loves Jay Z, but wants out of the label business just as running a label gets profitable again. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at hypebot
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The most popular articles on Hypebot this week dug into Universal Music's potential cancelling of its Prince deal, eight free social media tools every artist should be using, the Beib's big 2017 debut, and much more. Purple Pain: Universal Music Ponders Cancelling Prince Deal 8 FREE Social Media Tools You... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Saturday 4/22 is the 10th Record Store Day, with hundreds of independent record stores celebrating a resurgence that most thought would never happen. Thanks to vinyl, survival skills and loyal fans, these stores are, for the most part, experiencing a resurgence. But that will only continue if you turn off... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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This week Jon Ostrow of Bandsintown joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Biz Weekly podcast. If you are not using Bandsintown to distribute and promote your tour dates, you really are missing out. Listen and learn. Related articles How To Get People To A Show In A... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Choosing to play at the Staples Center instead of the Forum can have consequences for artists in an increasingly competitive Los Angeles market. William Morris Endeavor's head of music Marc Geiger told Billboard that he was compelled to move two dates by his client Neil Diamond from the AEG-owned Staples... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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In the digital age, having a slew of physical material on hand is no longer the necessity it once was, but having an electronic press kit has become essential, particularly when it comes to promoting, branding, and demonstrating your band's accomplishments. _____________________ In this new post on MusicThinkTank, Joe Pacheco... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Apple Music got a huge leg up as the default music services on tens of millions of iPhones and other Apple Devices. Now Google Play Music is getting a similar boost via an exclusive relationship with the globe's #2 phone maker Samsung. _____________________________________ Google Play Music is now the exclusive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Friday 4.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web It took Apple Music too long to start and "new artist" program and it already feels likes its completely a platform for insiders. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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"Songwriting is fragile," says Garth Brooks, "(yet) it's the most important step in music." But the craft is undervalued in the digital age. The number of full-time songwriters in Nashville is down 80%, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l. In the film, "The Last Songwriter," some of Nashville's best... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Fox has reportedly greenlit a revival of the "Showtime at the Apollo" series after a successful pair of specials aired on the network in December 2016 and February 2017. According to Variety, a new "Showtime At The Apollo" series on Fox will feature a mixture of music and comedy performances... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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For the week ending 4/14: The Spotify Weekly Charts highlight top artists by listener along with the past week's most streamed and viral songs in the US, UK and around the world. _______________________________ Spotify Global Top Artists (by Listener) Rank Artist Monthly Listeners – 1 Ed Sheeran 50.60m – 2... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Did you know that one in three vinyl buyers also pays for an on-demand music subscription? Even in the age of streaming, many still want to touch, feel and own their music. Proof of that is just hours away during this Saturday's Record Store Day. _____________________________________ Guest post by Russ... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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A2IM has announced the lineup of keynote speakers and panelists for Indie Week in NYC June 5 - 8. Kicking off the event will be Pandora CEO and Founder Tim Westergren. Other Indie Week 2017 keynote speakers include: Susan Butler, from Music Confidential, an in-depth weekly report on the pricing,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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IPinvestments Group is selling an interesting portfolio of music technology related patents, including one aimed at understanding real-time audience behavior and sentiment via mobile activity during a concert. As I understand it, the patent enables the collection of quantitative and qualitative data from mobile devices to understand audience interaction before,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Just a week after Spotify announced a new multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music, the music streamer has cut a similar deal with Merlin on behalf of thousands of independent labels globally. Indie music has been a huge part of our success since day one & I am super happy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Although Spotify is generally touted as being the front runner in streaming world with it's 51 million plus subscribers, new controversial data suggests that Apple Music may be on course to emerge the dominant player and, in some areas, may have even overtaken Spotify already. _________________________ Guest post by Bobby... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Thursday 4.20.17 Music Business News From Around The Web It was strange seeing the streamers tout a release that they knew was destined to be banned. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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I ndie hub Jamendo is reporting 50% growth for its music licensing platform. 5000 of the 40,000 indie artists that have uploaded music to the platform have licensed a total of 200,000 tracks. Jamendo is a worldwide community of independent music. 40,000 artists have uploaded more than 500,000 tracks to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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The Bieb is back! Oh, wait... you only wished that he went away. Talk all you want about Ed Sheeran and Drake as the streaming success stories of 2017, but Justin Bieber just helped break a YouTube record with the biggest music video debut of 2017. The static video, tracked... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot