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Bruce Houghton
Music Industry Professional
Interests: music, business, marketing, digital entertainment, promotion, technology
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36 years ago today on July 1 1979, the original Sony Walkman went on sale. (image via Timehop) 11 years ago today in 2004, we launched Hypebot.com. Our very first post was about Sonicbids new digital press kits. "The best under $50 any band could spend...except maybe guitar strings." via... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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Nothing happens in a vacuum, and that's particularly true when Apple is the one throwing a big rock into already choppy waters. Apple Music launched yesterday and with Apple's user base and marketing prowess, the consequences - intended and otherwise - could be considerable. By Mark Mulligan on his Music... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below. What do... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at hypebot
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Live has been music's slowest sector to jump on the digital bandwagon. That's finally changing with more promoters and festivals increasing their online presence before, during and after the event, often in partnership with innovative music tech startups. ESSENCE announced its slate of 'Live from the ESSENCE Festival' digital programming... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at hypebot
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Looking for a way to quickly brand yourself while not breaking your budget? Check out today's article to see how you can utilize an online portfolio to promote yourself. When you are new to the music scene, all you want to do is focus on the music. But then reality... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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Yesterday's launch of Apple Music will surely accelerate mainstream adoption of streaming music. But how quickly will it happen and what does it mean in terms of revenue for artists and the music industry? ______________________ MarketResearch.com has just released a report which forecasts the U.S. music streaming market to grow... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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Wednesday 7.1.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at hypebot
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While checking out Apple Music after it launched this morning, I noticed a link targeting undistributed independent artists that points straight to CD Baby. While another link below it leads to a full list of approved providers, Apple, which seems to be making a real effort to support indie music,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic. Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think. Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here. Related articles Apple Promotes Beats 1 Radio With Massive... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Apple's iOS8.4 and Apple Music are finally live and available for download now! Sign up for your free 90 day Apple Music trial, play with it and come back and tell us what you think. Having trouble with the install? We want to know that too. Here, courtesy of Apple... Continue reading
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SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million. It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context. __________________________ By Mike Masnick from techdirt. We've written plenty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Several tech writers were given a 1 day trial of Apple Music yesterday and overnight their reviews started to trickle. While generally positive, there were some real concerns that could slow mainstream adoption. _____________________ Here is what several tech critics who were given an advance look at Apple Music has... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Today is a big day for the music industry. While there's little radically different about the core of Apple Music's streaming service, will it do what Apple usually does with product launches - borrow the best from others, but do it better? We'll be blogging and tweeting throughout the day... Continue reading
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Tuesday 6.30.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Responding to criticism over royalty rates and aggressive efforts to lower them further, Pandora has worked to forge better relations with artists and labels. After launching free analytics, they recently began experimenting with in-stream messaging and purchased music analytics provider Next Big Sound. Now, a veteran of D2F sales and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Almost 24 hours to the minute before Apple Music is scheduled to launch, Spotify sent out a press release with the latest stats for their paid premium tier, "in case you are reviewing any new music services this week." Subscribers: Over 20 million Sound Quality: Up to 320 kbps Number... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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UPDATE: AC/DC began showing up on Spotify and Deezer late yesterday. Apple Music may be poised to add 100 million paid streaming subscribers, but there are still a number of major artists who you won't find on Apple, Spotify or any other streaming service. _______________________ The Beatles Prince AC/DC (there's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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With the pending launch of Apple Music, there is no shortage of "Spotify Killer" headlines. But there is room for more than one streaming music service, argues Napster co-founder and Spotify board member Sean Parker. ____________________________ It's been 15 years since Sean Parker turned the music industry upside down with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Apple execs were particularly active on social media over the weekend , ahead of Tuesday's launch of Apple Music, Beats 1 radio and iOS8.4. Ian Rogers shared more exact launch times and Eddy Cue announced a 4X increase in library song storage and streams. ________________________ Apple SVP Software and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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The Blue Note night club chain is expanding it's brand beyond current outlets in New York City, Japan and Italy, with deals to add venues in Hawaii and China. Blue Note Entertainment Group has partnered with Outrigger Resorts to launch a new live music venue in Hawaii. The Blue Note's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Soundtrap today announced that it has secured $1 million in seed funding and publically launched its collaborative multi-platform online music recording studio. Launching today from beta, Soundtrap lets users record audio by only accessing a browser across iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac and Windows platforms. The startup also announced $1 million... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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[UPDATED] Tuesday is launch day for Apple Music and Apple executives including Ian Rogers (remember him?) were busy on social media over the weekend sharing details of the unveiling. Over the weekend, former Topspin and Beats executive and now Apple Music Senior Director Ian Rogers, took to social media to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Monday 6.29.2015 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web Updated continuously under our More News tab. CLICK HERE Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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No one artist dominated the winners list at last night's BET Awards. “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross served as hosts for the event's 15th annual edition. Ultimate Icon, Music Dance Visual Award: Janet Jackson Humanitarian Award: Tom Joyner Best New Artist: Sam Smith Best Female Hip-Hop Artist:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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This week, readers took a particular interest in the lawsuit between American Idol winners and Sony, Taylor Swift's Apple takedown, Apple's continued failure to pay full royalties and more. American Idol Winners Sue Sony Music Why Now Is The Best Time To Be A Musician Taylor Swift Takes On Apple... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot