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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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Posted 35 minutes ago at hypebot
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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons will receive the David Starlight Award at this year’s Annual Induction and Awards Dinner for the Songwriters Hall of fame. His Grammy-winning band released their album, Night Visions in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim and Billboard success. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight award honors up and coming songwriters who are making an impact in the business. Previous winners are John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Benny Blanco. MORE: Prince is reassigning the rights to his catalog to newly formed independent publisher, NPG Music Publishing. According to a recent press release, Prince along... Continue reading
Posted 41 minutes ago at hypebot
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Apple is working with Shazam to integrate its popular song recognition technology into its Siri iPhone and iPand voice recognition system, according to Bloomberg. Cupertino's experimentation with Shazam comes as sales of digital downloads have slowed under increased competition from music streaming. Apple, according to numerous reports, is trying a multi-pronged approach to see how it can recapture lost revenue both for itself and record labels. Shazam integration will reportedly be built into iOS 8 music like Twitter,which means users will not have to download a separate app to activate it. Related articles 10% Of All Digital Music Sales Come... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify is changing how it delivers music to users from peer to peer networks to streaming via its own dedicated servers. P2P delivery cut costs for the startup and delivered songs almost instantaneously, both impressive features back when Spotify launched. “We’re gradually phasing out the use of our desktop P2P technology which has helped our users enjoy their music both speedily and seamlessly,” Spotify’s Alison Bonny told TorrentFreak. At one time Spotify was one of the largest P2P networks on the net. Now having raised closed to $550 million, using their own servers allows the music streamer to control and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Forbes is out with its latest ranking of rich musicians. Diddy again leads a list of 5 Richest Hip Hop artists with his estimated fortune of $700 million, a jump of $120 million over his net worth last year. As with most of the artists on the list, much of the earnings come from ventures outside of cutting new tracks and touring. Here's the full list and what each has banked: 1. Sean "Diddy" Combs ($700 million) 2. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young ($550 million) 3. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter ($520 million) 4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams ($160 million) 5. Curtis "50... Continue reading
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Building on the success of the March release of their free "Smell the D.A.I.S.Y." BitTorrent bundle, De La Soul are rewarding fans with a contest that combines Record Store Day and a classic easter egg hunt in honor of J. Dilla. Every fan who unlocked the BitTorrent bundle by submitting their email address, will receive a message today that limited edition vinyl of previously unreleased material from Dilla has been planted in records stores in select cities. Fans can hunt for the pressings by doing a little classic record store crate diving to find them. Producer and rapper J Dilla... Continue reading
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THURSDAY 4.17.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, died on Monday in hospice care. He was 84 at the time of his passing. Kennedy launched the festival in 1972 as an offshoot of the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair and the event has since become one of the longest running festivals in the U.S., presenting more than 1,500 artists on its stages over the years. Past performers at the festival include Peter Paul & Mary, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith among numerous others. Kennedy also helped to... Continue reading
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Wednesday 4.16.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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When the folks at RAIN got a tip that some in the U.S. were able to access EU based streaming music service Deezer on their computer, they reached out for confirmation. Conor Maples, International PR manager for Deezer answered, “The service is not available in the US but we’re offering test accounts to our potential partners and others we may work with. The accounts are activated by us and offered to potential partners by our team.” "Partners" could range from mobile carriers to sponsors; and record labels to media. Whoever the testers are, Deezer appears to be getting very close... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Are you using YouTube to it's maximum potential? Odds are, if you're a musician who is not actively using a YouTube channel as an avenue to reach your audience, grow your fanbase, and forge new partnerships, then the answer is no... but you could be. YouTube is a golden gateway to endless opportunity. People are always looking for soundtracks to their videos, music to their artwork, statement pieces, etc. - ways to differentiate themselves from everyone else. Aren't you looking for the same things? What sets you apart? What new opportunities could you find amongst today's greatest YouTubers? Join the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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TuneCore today announced that quarterly payments to artists reached $34.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. The revenue was generated from 1.3 billion downloads and streams, a 75% increase over the same period in 2013. So far this year, TuneCore added four new stores to its flat fee digital music distribution network: Bloom.fm, Guvera, Akazoo and Anghami. TuneCore artists have earned $405.6 million on 6.1 billion streams and downloads since inception. The company also announced 190% growth in royalties collected by TuneCore Music Publishing Administration in Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter campaign to launch a better-audio player and download store ended today, far surpassing it's original $800,000 goal. $6,225,354 was pledged by 18,220 backers during the campaign. This makes Pono, which will play FLAC or ultra-high resolution recordings, the third most successful fundraising project ever on the Kickstarter platform. Watch the original intro video featuring an all star cast of musicians extolling the virtues on Pono. Pledge here. Related articles Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Passes $6M with 1 Day To Go Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Gramofon, a $30 - $50 music router and wifi hotspot, has launched on Kickstarter. Backed by Fon, the creator of hugely popular free wifi hotspots, Gramofon connects Spotify, and eventually other cloud muisc services, to home stereo systems. Mobile devices, including those of visting friends, serve as the remote control. In addition to other streaming services, Fon says that it will eventually add multi-room playback, a core feature of the more costly Sonos system. Watch the video and pledge here: Related articles Rocki Wins Best Audio Accessory At #CES 2014 Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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TUESDAY 4.15.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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The Miami City Commission has delayed a decision on the fate of the Ultra Music Festival, pushing possible discussion of the subject to later this month. The city commission had been expected to consider a resolution from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff that would prohibit the festival from taking place at Miami's Bayfront Park in the wake of the 2014 edition of the event, which left one concert-goer dead and a security guard in critical condition after being trampled at the event. However, the resolution was withdrawn and discussion of the matter was tabled until the council's... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Most of us are drawn the familiar, but does that same attraction determine thew music we prefer? To find out, music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis took a digital razor blade to the music of classical composer Luciano Berio. "I just went in and whenever there was a little pause on either side of something, I grabbed that out and then I'd stick it back in — truly without regard to aesthetic intent," Margolis told NPR. "I wasn't trying to craft anything compelling." In test listening, people were overwhelming drawn to repetition, even finding the randomly edited music more 'human'. "They reported... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Yahoo! and Vevo have extended their partnership to bring Vevo’s 100,000 HD music videos, live concert events and original programming to Yahoo Screen. Through the deal, viewers can access music programming, including exclusives, powered by Vevo on Yahoo Screen in the US and Canada. In the coming weeks, the partnership will extend to the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy as well as the Yahoo Screen mobile app. The companies’ partnership, which kicked off in 2012, previously syndicated Vevo’s programming to Yahoo Music. “Our renewed partnership with Yahoo will bring Vevo’s programming to more music fans than ever before,” said... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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MONDAY 4.14.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter campaign to launch a better-audio player and download store, which ends at 1:30 ET Tuesday, has passed $6.1 million pledged from more than 17,000 backers. This makes Pono, which will play FLAC or ultra-high resolution recordings, the third most suucesful fundraising project ever on the platform. Watch the intro video featuring an all star cast of musicians extolling the virtues on Pono. Pledge here. Related articles Neil Young's $800,000 Pono Kickstarter Is Live [VIDEO] Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Passes $5.2 Million, But Younger Music Fans Show Little Interest Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Campaign Passes $1.3 Million... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Bette Midler: 4.1 Million Pandora Streams = $114 Secrets Of Marketing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from Manager Zach Quillen 10 Most Innovative Companies In Music Musicians: Your Instrument May Be Contraband Can Will.i.am's Smartwatch Save The Music Industry? Funk Volume CEO's Social Media Secret Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify is partnering with Sprint to offer streaming music to its mobile customers. The deal will reportedly look similar to the Beats Music deal with AT&T which offers a free trial, discounts on Spotify's $9.99 Premium plan, and billing included on customer's monthly mobile bill. The deal will be announced in an event in New York City on April 29, according to multiple sources. Rightsholders will need extend their Spotify deals to include Sprint, so the launch could be delayed. Music streamers are anxious to close deals with mobile carriers and manufacturers who can potentially deliver new subscribers. Last week... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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It was a roller coaster week on Wall Street and music related stocks went along for the ride. Here is the price of the top 10 music, music technology and related stocks at the close of the U.S. exchanges on Friday: AAPL - NMS$520.02 Apple Inc. AMZN - NMS$312.00 Amazon.com, Inc. FB - NMS$58.44 Facebook, Inc. GOOG - NMS$532.07 Google Inc. LYV - NYQ$20.02 Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. P - NYQ$25.33 Pandora Media, Inc. Common Stoc SIRI - NMS$3.17 Sirius XM Holdings Inc. SFXE - NMS$7.08 SFX Entertainment, Inc. SNE - NYQ$18.39 Sony Corporation Common Stock TWTR - NYQ$40.08 Twitter,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Chromecast, Google's streaming media device, has added support for two new audio and music apps. Player FM for podcasts and the Rocket Music Player join Pandora, MTV, Rhapsody and Rdio and a handfull of other music and audio apps on platform. Related articles Rhapsody, Napster Add Chromecast Support Chromecast For TV A Big Hit, Now What About A Chromecast For Music? How To Stream Music With Google Chromecast Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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A new report on the relationship of posting videos on YouTube and album sales claims that posting on YouTube reduces album sales. Taking the Warner Music YouTube blackout period in 2009, researchers apply advanced statistical methods to find causation and then total up losses using a "rough back-of-the-envelope calculation." This innovative use of mixed methods leads them to conclude that lots of sales of top-charting albums are being missed by labels who post on YouTube. Here's the title I should have used for this post: "Research Reveals That Awesome Free Music Videos For Hit Singles Cuts Down On Top Charting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot