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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Musicians and music marketers are just beginning to discover how to properly use the many live video that are suddenly available from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and more. But it's clear that they offer a powerful way to connect with fans, as Rihanna proved during last night's Instagram Live feed.... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at hypebot
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Spotify is reportedly getting close to finally signing new deals with the major labels; and if those same sources are correct, it will be at a lower per stream royalty rate. How did Spotify go from pariah to partner deserving of a sweetheart deal? ______________________________ Spotify is rumored to be... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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A2IM has announced the initial speakers for its Indie Week’s 2017 Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, June 8th at 10AM at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center in New York City. ___________________________________ A2IM's Indie Week’s 2017 Annual General Meeting has just announced an all star lineup of speakers.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at hypebot
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Twenty three music industry and musician trade group have joined together to battle President Trump's March 6th Executive Order to implement new screening, visa issuance, and admissions procedures for the citizens of 6 Middle Eastern countries. ___________________________________ A consortium of music trade groups have penned a letter in opposition of... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Global independent music trade group Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has released a comprehensive new study, which provides the first ever global overview of chart reporting. _____________________________________ The new WIN Global Chart Report 2017 provides a detailed breakdown of which charts are available in each country, information on specific rules such... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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Warner Music Group has launched a new imprint, Artists To Watch Records, that will identify singles with the potential to become global streaming hits; and the record company already has its first success story. __________________________________ Overseen by Kieron Donoghue, Warner Music VP, Global Playlists Strategy & Curation, the new 'streaming... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 3.22.17 Music Business News From Around The Web Indies lead the way as Record Store Day turns 10. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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As a member of A2IM, Bandcamp made a pitch to serve the association's many independent label members. The blog post offers an interesting insight into how the company has grown from being a quirky, friendly and cost effective indie artist toolkit into a robust music industry services provider. ______________________________ Here... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, has released the results of its biennial election for the Board of Directors. __________________________________ ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams announced the twelve writer and twelve publisher members elected to serve on the Board for a two-year term... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Business is booming at CD Baby, Bandcamp, Tunecore, Bandzoogle and a host of other service providers for DIY musicians. But from Chance The Rapper to Stormzy and beyond, we are also witnessing a new chapter in artist self-development: The Post-DIY Music Era. Stormzy By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA I recently... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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MusiComms, an organization focused at the nexus of the music and communications industries, has announced that their inaugural event, MusiComms 2017, will be held this September 11th in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. MusiComms is a global initiative dedicated to collaboration between the music and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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"There are no stories to be told on a playlist alone," Zane Lowe of Apple Music's Beats 1 told an audience at SXSW. "Artists want their music to inspire and catch fire and to mean something.” It's a refrain that we're hearing more and more. A static playlist, whether hand... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Apple usually creates apps and other products that enhance its own product ecosystem. But Clips, announced today, empowers the creation of short creative video clips made to share on outside social networks. Or is Apple creating the tools it needs to launch its own social channel? ______________________________ Apple today announced... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters and their affiliate Free People are facing legal action from Coachella organizers Goldenvoice, for allegedly trying to capitalize on the festival's brand. According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit centers on several items in Free People's catalog: the “Coachella Boot,” “Coachella Mini Dress,” “Coachella Pocket... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify recently filed 217,112 "address unknown" NOIs with the U.S. Copyright Office saying that they were unable to locate any owner of these copyrighted songs anywhere in public records. ________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of Music • Technology • Policy Spotify recently became one of the latest to move... Continue reading
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TUESDAY 3.21.17 Music Business News From Around The Web With the launch of Clips is Apple inching closer to launching its own social network? Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Album sales and song sales on titles from Chuck Berry exploded after news of his death on Saturday, March 18th. The rock and roll pioneer was 90. Overall, Chuck Berry album sales increased 9,581% after his passing. His album sales average was 39 per day prior to his death and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Following the first full day of release for Drake's new album "More Life" on Sunday, March 19th, he set two new streaming records on Spotify: Best first day streams for an album - Darke's More Life totaled 61,302,082 streams on its first full day, March 19 (previous record holder is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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UK based music management firm James Grant Group is expanding to the U.S. with the $12.1 million acquisition of Deckstar Management, the home of blink-182 and Steve Aoki. James Grant Group reps artists Louis Tomlinson, James Arthur, The Script and Manic Street Preachers. This purchase was financed by $12.1 million... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Last year when CD Baby aquired Show.co, it said that it had "big plans" for the digital music marketing platform. Now we know what they are - free integration into the CD Baby artists dashboard. _______________________________ Indie music distributor and royalty administration service CD Baby, is integrating the marketing services... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Liverpool, UK base indie music publisher Sentric Music, has closed a £3m funding round led by the Business Growth Fund (BGF). The new funding will be used to expand internationally, with more funds available for acquisitions. Launched in 2006, Sentric offers publishing, licensing and royalty collection services. Known for its... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Music virtual reality company EVR Holdings announced Monday that its MelodyVR subsidiary has signed a licensing and revenue share agreement with Universal Music, the world's biggest music group. The company announced a similar deal with #3 Warner Music Group last week. __________________________________ EVR Holdings' MelodyVR has negotiated the rights to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Following our coverage of the estates of Jimi and Al Hendrix filing a lawsuit against Andrew Pitsicalis, Leon Hendrix and other associated companies alleging copyright and trademark infringement, Thomas Osinski, a lawyer for the defendants, contacted us with a statement. "Pitsicalis has been in Business with Leon Hendrix and his... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Although the days of MTV actually playing music videos are long behind us, they remain an important and highly present element of the music industry, but how have music videos, and they way they are received by audiences, changed over the years? ___________________________ In this recent post on MusicThinkTank, Ryan... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 3.20.17 Music Business News From Around The Web The initial success of Drake's 'available everywhere' release boosts Spotify's stance against exclusives. Updated continuously under our More News tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot